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County Commission Approves Amendments to Paid Time Off Ordinance


The Bernalillo County Commission approved amendments to the paid time off ordinance, known as the “Employee Wellness Act.”

The amendments are:

  • Change the effective date of the ordinance to July 1, 2020.
  • Add language clarifying that those employers subject to the ordinance will be required to provide paid time off to their employees, regardless of their employees’ daily work location.
  • Clarify that the paid time off ordinance is not intended to interfere with a collective bargaining agreement’s grievance process, eligibility requirements, or accrual processes.

“These new amendments clarify the intent of the PTO ordinance and how it will be implemented in a way that’s clear to both workers and employers,” says Commission Chair Maggie Hart Stebbins. “We have an obligation to make sure that everyone understands what’s expected and required when the ordinance goes into effect.”

All amendments were approved on a unanimous vote except for the change in language regarding employee daily work location and business location. That amendment passed on a 4 – 1 vote with Commissioner Lonnie Talbert as the dissenting vote.

The paid time off ordinance, once amended and signed by commissioners, will be available on the Bernalillo County website at www.bernco.gov.

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