A majority of New Mexicans who are caregivers are also in
the workforce. Trying to navigate both of those worlds can be a challenge on any given day. Now with the passage of Senate Bill 123, the Caregiver Leave Act, those duties get a little bit easier. The bill was sponsored by Sen. Michael Padilla, and supported in the House by Rep. Deborah Armstrong and Rep. Doreen Gallegos and signed into law by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham.
The new law allows employees who already receive sick leave to use that leave to care for a loved one. Now they can stay home with a sick relative, attend doctors appointments and take care of other caregiving duties without stress or guilt by taking legitimate time off from work.
Please join AARP New Mexico in thanking our lawmakers, who helped implement this important policy, for their continued support of New Mexico's family caregivers.
Interim State Director
AARP New Mexico
New Law Supports New Mexico Family Caregivers Who Work!
Dear [Decision Maker],
I wanted to take a moment to say thank you for signing/voting yes on Senate Bill 123, New Mexico Caregiver Leave Act.
Family caregivers are the backbone of our nation's care system and many of them must juggle full or part-time jobs while caring for their loved ones. As you know, all too often they find themselves having to choose between being a good employee and taking care of a loved one. Thanks to your efforts, working family caregivers now have a mechanism to address caregiving needs in a direct and upfront manner, reducing stress and anxiety on both at work and at home.
So again I wanted to say thank you on behalf of New Mexico's family caregivers -- now and in the future -- for making those duties a little easier. Your support on this critical piece of legislation underscores your commitment to ensuring a strong support system for family caregivers.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP][Your Email]