LAS CRUCES, NM – According to the Las Cruces Municipal Code (LCMC) and New Mexico Senate Bill 437 (NM SB 437), the minimum wage will increase, effective January 1, 2023.
Under SB 437, the State of New Mexico’s minimum wage will increase to $12 per hour on January 1, 2023. The Las Cruces City Council agreed to the increase, but opted to maintain its own ordinance standards regarding tipped wages.
Under the LCMC, the minimum wage for tipped employees will increase to an amount equal to 40% of the hourly wage. In this case, within the city limits, the tipped minimum wage will increase from $4.60 per hour to $4.78 per hour.
The City indicated that employees who feel their employers are not complying with the minimum wage (including tipped wage earners) may contact the Labor Relations Division to file a complaint.
Last April 2, 2019, New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham signed the first statewide minimum wage increase since 2009.
It is estimated that more than 100,000 New Mexicans will benefit from the progressive increases that went into effect on January 1, 2020, when the minimum wage went from $7.50 to $9.00 per hour.
The agreement signed by the governor contemplated that the rate would subsequently increase over the next three years to $10.50 as of January 1, 2021; to $11.50 as of January 1, 2022; and the wage is expected to reach $12.00 per hour as of January 1, 2023.
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