Overview of the Healthy Workplaces Act

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The New Mexico Healthy Workplaces Act (HWA) is a Bill that was signed into law in April 2021 that requires private employers in New Mexico with at least one employee to provide paid sick leave to employees. It goes into effect on July 1, 2022. Overview of the HWA The law requires that employers provide employees working in the state – including part-time, seasonal or temporary workers — at least one hour of earned sick leave for every 30 hours worked, up to a maximum of 64 leave hours per year. According to the bill, the new law will “ensure … Read More

Investing in Tech Enabled Personalized Work Experiences

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Guest Blog Post from Dr. Erica Barreiro, Future of Work Strategist, Central New Mexico Community College (CNM) As consumers, we have all become accustomed to, even have come to expect, “personalized” experiences. When I get ready to check-out my online grocery order, I appreciate the final nudge asking me if I want to add any of the listed items that I have regularly ordered in the past. When I log into my Netflix or Audible account, I like to review the “recommended for you” based upon what I have previously watched or listened to. When I order something for delivery, … Read More

Celebrating Women Owned Businesses

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women in business

At Family Friendly New Mexico, our vision is that all New Mexican workers are able to achieve a healthy balance between work and life, which means they have the time and capacity to care for their children and families, have access to good jobs and are able to contribute to their communities. In honor of Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day, we want to honor our women-owned businesses who have earned a Family Friendly Business Award®. These women business owners demonstrate their commitment to supporting their employees by implementing family friendly workplace policies. Check out our ad in the … Read More

Awardee Spotlight: Kei & Molly Textiles

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kei and molly textiles

Awardee Spotlight Kei & Molly Textiles, LLC Family Friendly New Mexico is featuring award recipients that really stand out from the crowd. February 2021, we interviewed Kei Tsuzuki of Kei & Molly Textiles and celebrate their efforts in creating a family friendly workplace! We are dedicated to supporting policies that encourage healthy living for our employees and their familiesKei Tsuzuki Why have you decided to have family friendly workplace policies? From the beginning, we knew we wanted a workplace that would support and respect the staff we hired. Working with primarily women, we knew this would require having family friendly … Read More

Honoring Black History Month

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honoring black history month

At Family Friendly New Mexico, we’ve been asking ourselves some big questions as we deepen our commitment to anti-racism. In honor of Black History Month, our team took some time to share how are each showing up in that work. We are sharing this with our community to offer our own reflections on what it means to stay committed. We know that it calls for transparency and vulnerability in sharing that we don’t have all the answers and that we remain committed to continue listening, learning and working toward common goals. Read below for personal reflections from our team: Felicia … Read More

How a Family Friendly Business Awardee Steps up During the Pandemic

Julianna SilvaBlog, COVID-19

albuquerque plumbing heating & cooling

Albuquerque Plumbing Heating & Cooling shares how they are managing during the pandemic Our entire world was thrown into a tailspin this year with the COVID-19 pandemic, and even to this day, we’re still trying to navigate this new terrain that we find ourselves in. Not just from how often and how well we wash our hands and our surroundings, but to how to work from home with the many distractions that we face, such as a dirty house, kids and other tasks. Families have been impacted by this illness in ways we’ve never been able to anticipate. Until earlier … Read More

Employee Wellness Act – Bernalillo County

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paid time off

What You Need to Know about a New Ordinance that Many Companies are Already Implementing Since the initiative launched in 2015, Family Friendly New Mexico has been asking businesses about their paid time off (PTO) practices. To date, 223 family friendly business awardees have offered 124,757 employees in New Mexico some form of paid time off (PTO). A new ordinance from the Bernalillo County Commission will require companies to offer PTO. On October 1, 2020, The Employee Wellness Act (also known as the Paid Time Off ordinance) went into effect in the unincorporated areas of Bernalillo County. It is a legal … Read More

Help Your Employees Save for Their Children’s Future

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save for college

[Guest Post from Carolyn Fittipaldi, Marketing Director for The Education Trust Board of New Mexico.] It’s easy to help your employees save for their children’s future with The Education Plan Looking for an easy, no cost way to enhance your current employee benefits and increase morale? The Education Plan will help you attract and retain your best employees by helping families save for college with a 529 account. The Education Plan is New Mexico’s 529 education savings plan, administered by The Education Trust Board of New Mexico. It is intended to help more New Mexicans achieve their higher education goals … Read More

Restaurants Continue to Innovate Under COVID-19

Julianna SilvaBlog, COVID-19

local restaurants get creative

Positive COVID-19 cases continue to rise across the U.S. and, specifically, here in New Mexico. Because of that, many businesses are having to make difficult decisions that balance their employees’ and customers’ health and safety and the viability of their business. The accommodation and food service industry statewide has seen an estimated 16% decrease in gross receipts tax revenue collections in FYQ3 of 2020 (as compared to FYQ3 of 2019), according to the New Mexico Quarterly Economic Summary published by the State of New Mexico Economic Development Department. At Family Friendly New Mexico, our mission is to support employers that … Read More

Making an Impact Series | Business Success

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FFNM Virtual Event

DJ Heckes, CEO of Exhib-It!, a Gold level award recipient of the 2020 Family Friendly Business Award™, recognizes the impact that family friendly policies such as predictable scheduling and flex time have on the success and profitability of her business. Employers often cite the cost of adopting family friendly policies to their businesses, but research has shown that costs for adding family friendly policies are more than made up for by higher productivity, reduced employee turnover (which means lower costs for training and recruiting), improved ability to recruit more qualified employees as well as increased job satisfaction and morale. The … Read More