12/20 Business Digest

Commission extends application deadline
The New Mexico Real Estate Commission has extended its deadline for applying for a real estate license to Feb. 28.

According to a press release issued by the New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department, the extension is due to a large backlog of licensing exam applications.

Testing centers in Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Las Cruces and Roswell have booked test dates for the remainder of the year, which resulted in approximately 300 qualified candidates unable to schedule test dates, the press release said.

For information, call 222-9820 or visit http://www.rld.state.nm.us/b&c/recom/index.htm on the Internet.

Regulations passed protecting military
The U.S. Department of Labor announced regulations Monday interpreting the law that protects employment and re-employment rights and benefits of service members once they return to civilian life.

The Uniformed Services Employment and Re-employment Act prohibits discrimination against past and present members of the uniformed services who want to return to the jobs they held prior to service, according to a U.S. Department of Labor press release.

Since Sept. 11, 2001, about 530,000 citizen soldiers have been mobilized, the press release said.

The new regulations explain how the act protects against discrimination and retaliation because of military service. For information, visit www.dol.gov/elaws/userra.htm on the Internet.

Business Digest is compiled by CNJ staff writer Tonya Garner. She may be contacted at 763-6991, or by e-mail: