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New Mexico Maternity and Pregnancy: What you need to know

The New Mexico Human Rights Act prohibits employment practices that discriminate on the basis of sex (NM Stat. Sec. 28-1-1et seq.). Under the state Human Rights Act, employers must treat pregnancy and related conditions the same for all employment-related purposes, including receipt of employee benefits (9 NM Admin. Code Sec. 1.1.7 MM (2)). This means that employers must treat pregnancy-related conditions the same as they treat other types of temporary disabilities for all employment-related purposes, including leave and other benefits. The Act covers all private employers with four or more employees, as well as labor organizations and employment agencies.
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New Mexico does not have a statute requiring employers to give time off for pregnancy. Under the state Human Rights Act, employers must treat pregnancy and related conditions the same for all employment-related purposes, including receipt of employee benefits (9 NM Admin. Code Sec. 1.1.7 MM (2)). This includes the commencement and duration of a leave of absence, the availability of extensions, the accrual of seniority and other benefits while on leave, and job reinstatement.
New Mexico does not have a law for private employers that requires them to grant male and female employees time off for the birth or adoption of a child. However, employers with 50 or more employees are covered by the federal Family and Medical Leave Act. .
State law mandates that a mother may breastfeed her child in any location, public or private, where the mother is otherwise authorized to be present. Although the state law doesn't specifically mention employers, it can be construed to include places of employment, given the ...

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