NMDWS Agency Budget Request for FY 23 to Legislative Finance Committee Focuses on Healthy Workplaces and Re-employment Services Act

Acting Cabinet Secretary Ricky Serna


ALBUQUERQUE – Acting Secretary of the Cabinet for the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions (NMDWS) Ricky Serna presented the FY 23 budget request to the Legislative Finance Committee on Thursday.

Totaling $ 122,262,700, the application focuses on funding for Bill 20 House, Healthy Workplaces Act, collaborations between state agencies on economic reopening strategies to increase labor market participation rates, including young people and veterans.

NMDWS, Labor Relations Division (LRD) has been authorized to coordinate the implementation and enforcement of the Healthy Workplaces Act. The ministry is requesting $ 900,000 in statutory funding to recruit additional investigators, administrative support, legal, technical support and systems analyst staff. LRD wrote proposed regulation for the implementation of the Act and will hold a public comment hearing at 1 p.m. on December 15, 2021.

Over the next few months, LRD will undertake several tasks to achieve successful execution up to the effective date of the law, July 1, 2022. LRD will develop and provide information on notification requirements, display and information for employers and employees covered by the law. .

LRD is in the process of developing an educational presentation and other materials to help employers comply. Educational programs can be delivered in person and through virtual web applications.

In addition to facilitating the new labor laws, requests for additional funding will be made to continue the coordinated collaboration between agencies to overcome the obstacles that prevent workers from re-entering the labor market. DWS will combine these efforts with direct hiring events across the state. As of July 1, 2021, there have been 426 employer hiring events statewide with a focus on immediate placement.

Last July, a new website and helpline was launched, designed to increase access to gainful employment opportunities and vocational training, https://ready.nm.gov/. For some the pandemic has created the need to change their career path, Ready NM bridges the gap between job seekers, training providers and available work opportunities.

Representatives are available 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at 1-800-303-3599, to help individuals meet their employment, training and education goals.

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