SANTA FE ― Rep. Christine Chandler (D-Los Alamos) is championing fair wages and benefits for workers by preparing House Bill 246, regarding the Prevailing Wage, for its first committee hearing.
House Bill 246, ensures that New Mexicans are paid a fair wage for a hard day’s work by closing loop holes, providing a complaint resolution process, and increases penalties for violations. Addressing these issues in the Prevailing Wage law will keep local jobs local, workplaces safe, and ensure quality workmanship in public projects.
Specifically, the bill makes certain that all public works projects contracted to private companies are compensated fully. The bill also provides a process for workers to initiate prevailing wage complaints, a mechanism for complaint resolution, and increases penalties for those who do not properly compensate workers according to the Public Works Minimum Wage Act.
“Wage theft is wrong for New Mexico,” Rep. Chandler said. “House Bill 246 will close loop holes in the law that have been exploited by unscrupulous contractors. This bill reaffirms our state’s position that wage theft of any kind is unacceptable and will not be tolerated in any form.”
The Prevailing Wage, House Bill 246 has been assigned to the House Labor, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee, and the House Judiciary Committee.