As of March 28th there are 208 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in New Mexico. Learn More

Information for Employers

State secures SBA Disaster Loan Assistance for businesses affected by COVID-19

Small Business Administration offering loans up to $2M in all 33 counties.

New Mexico Offers New Loan Program, Priority Assistance to Virus-Impacted Businesses

New Mexico Offers New Loan Program, Priority Assistance to Virus-Impacted Businesses.

Personal Income and Payroll Tax Extension

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and Taxation and Revenue Department Secretary Stephanie Schardin Clarke announced March 20 that New Mexicans will have an extra 90 days to file and pay their 2019 personal income taxes in recognition of the economic hardships many are facing as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Taxpayers will have until July 15 to file and pay any taxes due.

The deadline for 2019 corporate income taxes also will be extended until July 15. In addition, the state is extending deadlines for employers to remit withholding taxes.

For more information, please visit the Tax and Revenue Department’s fact sheet here.

If you have filed a return and you are due a refund, the Department is processing those returns and refunds. You can check your refund status through the Taxpayer Access Point (TAP) here.

Visit the Economic Development Department to See Help for Businesses Negatively Impacted by the COVID-19 Health Emergency

The State of New Mexico is adjusting its business-loan guarantee programs in order to make capital more available to business owners whose operations are severely impacted by the COVID-19 health emergency.

Recommendations for employers regarding COVID-19

The New Mexico Environment Department Occupational Health and Safety Bureau also recommends the following precautions for the workplace:

  1. Actively encourage workers to stay home or go home if they are sick and send workers with acute respiratory illness symptoms home immediately.
  2. Provide workers, customers and worksite visitors with a place to wash their hands. If soap and running water are not immediately available, provide a hand sanitizerthat contains at least 60% alcohol.
  3. Train employees on:
    • Handwashing hygiene.
    • Cough and sneeze etiquette.
    • Avoiding touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Avoiding sharing personal items with co-workers (i.e., dishes, cups, utensils, towels).
  4. Minimize contact among workers, clients and customers by:
    • Replacing face-to-face meetings with virtual communications.
    • Implementing telework.
    • Establishing alternating days or extra shifts to reduce the total number of employees working in a facility at a given time.
  5. Do not allow workers to use another worker’s equipment, including phones, desks, offices and other work tools.
  6. Maintain regular housekeeping practices, including routine cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces, equipment and other elements of the work environment. When choosing cleaning chemicals, consult information on U.S. Environmental Protection Agency-approved disinfectant labels: https://www.epa.gov/pesticide-registration/list-n-disinfectants-use-against-sars-cov-2.
  7. Discontinue nonessential travel to locations with ongoing COVID-19 outbreaks. Regularly check Centers for Disease Control travel warning levels at: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers.
  8. Develop an emergency communication plan and provide a forum for answering workers’ questions and addressing concerns. If a plan is in place, review and update the plan as needed.

Recomendaciones para empleadores conrespecto al COVID-19

La Oficina de Salud y Seguridad Ocupacional del Departamento de Medio Ambiente de Nuevo México también recomienda las siguientes precauciones básicas para el lugar de trabajo:

  1. Animar activamente a los trabajadores a que se queden en casa o se vayan a casa si están enfermos y enviar a casa inmediatamente a los trabajadores con síntomas de enfermedades respiratorias agudas
  2. Proporcionar a los trabajadores, clientes y visitantes un lugar para lavarse las manos. Si no se dispone inmediatamente de jabón y agua corriente, proporcionar un desinfectante de manos que contenga al menos un 60% de alcohol.
  3. Capacitar a los empleados en:
    • Higiene del lavado de manos.
    • Etiqueta para toser y estornudar.
    • Evitar tocarse los ojos, la nariz y la boca con las manos no lavadas.
    • Evitar compartir artículos personales con los compañeros de trabajo (por ejemplo, platos, tazas, utensilios, toallas).
  4. Minimizar el contacto entre los trabajadores, clientes y consumidores:
    • Sustituir las reuniones cara a cara por comunicaciones virtuales.
    • Implementar el teletrabajo.
    • Establecer días alternos o turnos adicionales para reducir el número total de (empleados que trabajan en una instalación en un momento dado)
  5. No permitir que los trabajadores utilicen el equipo de otro trabajador, incluyendo teléfonos, escritorios, oficinas y otras herramientas de trabajo.
  6. Mantener prácticas regulares de limpieza, incluyendo la limpieza y desinfección rutinaria de superficies, equipos y otros elementos del entorno de trabajo. Al elegir los productos químicos de limpieza, consulte la información de las etiquetas de los desinfectantes aprobados por la Agencia de Protección Ambiental de los Estados Unidos: https://www.epa.gov/pesticide-registration/list-n-disinfectants-use-against-sars-cov-2.
  7. Suspenderlos viajes no esenciales a lugares con brotes en curso de COVID-19. Revisarregularmente los niveles de advertencia de viaje de los Centros para el Control de Enfermedades en: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers.
  8. Desarrollar un plan de comunicación de emergencia y proporcionar un foro para responder a las preguntas de los trabajadores y abordar sus preocupaciones. Si hay un plan en marcha, revisar y actualizar el plan según sea necesario.