HOUSE BILL 138
52nd legislature - STATE OF NEW MEXICO - first session, 2015
Miguel P. Garcia
RELATING TO LABOR; INCREASING THE MINIMUM WAGE; REVISING THE MINIMUM WAGE FOR TIPPED EMPLOYEES; PROVIDING FOR AN ANNUAL COST-OF-LIVING INCREASE IN THE STATE MINIMUM WAGE RATE; PROVIDING LIMITATIONS.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF NEW MEXICO:
SECTION 1. Section 50-4-22 NMSA 1978 (being Laws 1955, Chapter 200, Section 3, as amended) is amended to read:
"50-4-22. MINIMUM WAGES.--
A. An employer shall pay an employee the minimum wage rate of [six dollars fifty cents ($6.50) an hour. As of January 1, 2009, an employer shall pay the minimum wage rate of] seven dollars fifty cents ($7.50) an hour. As of January 1, 2016 and through December 31, 2016, an employer shall pay the minimum wage rate of eight dollars forty cents ($8.40) an hour. As of January 1, 2017 and through December 31, 2017, an employer shall pay the minimum wage rate of nine dollars twenty cents ($9.20) an hour. As of January 1, 2018, an employer shall pay the minimum wage rate of ten dollars ten cents ($10.10) an hour. As of January 1, 2016 and on January 1 of each successive year, the minimum wage rate shall be increased for cost of living as provided in Subsection E of this section.
B. An employer furnishing food, utilities, supplies or housing to an employee who is engaged in agriculture may deduct the reasonable value of such furnished items from any wages due to the employee.
C. As of January 1, 2016, an employee who customarily and regularly receives more than thirty dollars ($30.00) a month in tips shall be paid a minimum hourly wage [of two dollars thirteen cents ($2.13)] that is equal to forty percent of the minimum wage provided in Subsection A of this section. The employer may consider tips as part of wages, but the tips combined with the employer's cash wage shall not equal less than the minimum wage rate as provided in Subsection A of this section. All tips received by such employees shall be retained by the employee, except that nothing in this section shall prohibit the pooling of tips among employees.
D. An employee shall not be required to work more than forty hours in any week of seven days, unless the employee is paid one and one-half times the employee's regular hourly rate of pay for all hours worked in excess of forty hours. For an employee who is paid a fixed salary for fluctuating hours and who is employed by an employer a majority of whose business in New Mexico consists of providing investigative services to the federal government, the hourly rate may be calculated in accordance with the provisions of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 and the regulations pursuant to that act; provided that in no case shall the hourly rate be less than the federal minimum wage.
E. On January 1, 2016 and on January 1 of each successive year, the minimum wage rate shall be increased by the increase in the cost of living. The increase in the cost of living shall be measured by the percentage increase as of August of the immediately preceding year over the level as of August of the previous year of the consumer price index for all urban consumers, United States city average for all items, or its successor index, as published by the United States department of labor or its successor agency, with the amount of the minimum wage increase rounded to the nearest multiple of five cents ($.05). The workforce solutions department shall publish by November 1 of each year the adjusted minimum wage rates that shall take effect the following January 1. The minimum wage shall not be adjusted downward as a result of a decrease in the cost of living and shall not be adjusted upward by more than four percent in any one year as a result of an increase in the cost of living."
SECTION 2. EFFECTIVE DATE.--The effective date of the provisions of this act is July 1, 2015.
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