by Caren Cowan, Executive Director,
New Mexico Cattle Grower’s Association
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On June 30 the New Mexico Supreme Court ruled that the state’s workers’ compensation exemption for agriculture is unconstitutional. This was not unexpected, but it is certainly a huge blow to the financial well-being and the future of ranch families as well as to the job market in the state.
The short-term advice is to contact your insurance agent immediately to start working on coverage. Unless there is some success in the Court in mid-July, the mandate for insurance will come down as early as July 15. The Workers’ Compensation Administration (WCA) has stated publicly that they will begin enforcement immediately upon receiving the mandate.