Employment Law Alert – March 2016

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  • New Mexico’s Whistleblower Statute 101: A Crash Course
    In 2010, New Mexico’s Legislature enacted the Whistleblower Protection Act (WPA). Generally, the purpose of a whistleblower protection act is to protect employees who risk job security for the good of the public by disclosing unlawful and improper actions of public officials. Since it was enacted, New Mexico’s WPA is proving to be a popular and attractive cause of action for disgruntled public employees. The purpose of this article is to provide employers with a crash course on New Mexico’s WPA. Continue Reading
  • Do You Have a Hands Free-Cell Phone Policy Yet?
    Cell phones and multitasking is a way of life for most employees. In 2014, New Mexico issued a statewide “distracted driving” ban which prohibits texting and talking on hand-held cell phones while driving. Nevertheless, we routinely see people – including employees in company identified vehicles – texting at stoplights or talking on cell phones while driving. Although the prohibition of “distracted driving” is clear, employers who issue company cell phones or who contact employees who are in transit may be sending mixed signals to their employees. Continue Reading
  • Discrimination and Harassment Training
    A New Mexico employer with statewide offices recently benefited from a Modrall Sperling training on discrimination and harassment in the workplace. Alana De Young, a litigation associate in the firm’s Employment Group, put together the annual training to provide updates and reminders. The in-person training was Skyped live to employees around the state, and also was recorded so that others could download the presentation at a later date. Please contact a member of our employment group if you are interested in providing your employees with similar training on workplace discrimination and harassment issues.