Following the lead of a host of other states along with a growing list of counties and cities, the “Land of Enchantment” last week became the latest state to enact a broad statewide paid leave mandate on private employers. The New Mexico Healthy Workplaces Act (HWA) was signed into law by Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham early this month but it doesn’t become effective until July 1, 2022. The HWA mandates that all private employers provide workers (including full-time, part-time, seasonal and temporary) with up to 64 hours of paid sick leave accrued at the rate of one hour earned for every 30 hours worked. Furthermore, the law mandates that there be no waiting period for an employee to use paid sick leave and that the leave may be taken in increments as small as one hour. The law further imposes a four-year record-keeping requirement that employers document hours worked and any accrued paid sick leave that was used. Furthermore, the records must be kept confidential and the law prohibits an employer from retaliating or discriminating against an employee who uses paid sick leave or otherwise exercises the worker’s rights.