ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - On Thursday, June 30, 2016, the New Mexico Supreme Court ruled that the exclusion of farm and ranch laborers from the Workers’ Compensation Act is unconstitutional. The Supreme Court’s ruling affirmed a portion of a June 2015 decision by the New Mexico Court of Appeals. The Supreme Court ruled its holding will be applied to any work-place injury sustained by farm and/or ranch laborers after the date of its mandate. The New Mexico Workers’ Compensation Administration expects the Court’s mandate to be issued soon. The Administration intends to fully enforce the Supreme Court’s decision by requiring coverage for farm and ranch laborers by their employers.
The NM WCA has implemented a new mandatory form, the Combined Petition for Lump-Sum Payment, This new form consolidates the three types of lump-sum payments into one petition form. The form is available here in Word or PDF formats.