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WCA Proposes Intoxication Limits, Rules to Implement SB 214

Wednesday, March 30, 2016 | 577 | 0 | 13 min read

Injured workers in New Mexico could have their indemnity benefits reduced if a post-accident test reveals a blood-alcohol concentration of as low as 0.02%, under rules proposed by the Workers’ Compensation Administration.   The WCA is proposing the rules to implement Senate Bill 214, a bill passed this year allowing judges to reduce benefits by 10% to 90% based on the extent to which drug or alcohol use contributed to an accident.   Proposed rules say a post-accident alcohol test can only be relied upon to reduce benefits if the test results show a blood-alcohol concentration o...

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