House committee votes against Right to Work

Feb 09, 2017
many union employees oppose right to work

On Wednesday, February 8, after hearing over seven hours of public testimony, a House committee voted against two Right to Work bills.

The vote was 14-7, with several Republicans joining Democrats to recommend the full House kills Right to Work.

Under either Right to Work bill, it would be illegal to require employees to join a union or pay fees to a union for contract negotiations.

Should employers be allowed to look at credit history?

Jan 17, 2017

On Wednesday, January 18 a House committee will host a public hearing on a bill that prohibits employers from considering credit history in employment decisions.  

There is an exception to the law if credit history is “substantially related” to the job.

The House killed a similar bill in 2015. Opponents of the bill argued that employers need every tool at their disposal to make smart hiring decisions.

Minimum wage increase for NH?

Dec 22, 2016

Rep. Douglas Ley is sponsoring a 2017 bill to raise the New Hampshire minimum wage. Right now New Hampshire uses the federal minimum wage, $7.25. The bill sponsored by Rep. Ley increases the wage to $9.50 in 2018 and $12 in 2019, followed by annual cost of living increases. 

Overtime pay for Thanksgiving work?

Nov 23, 2016

Earlier this year, lawmakers in California shot down a measure that would have granted employees required to work on Thanksgiving time-and-a-half pay. The bill applied only to retail and grocery store workers at businesses with more than 500 employees.

There is currently no law in New Hampshire requiring employers to provide overtime pay for employees who work on holidays.

Starting December 1 more salaried employees will get time-and-a-half pay

Nov 05, 2016

On December 1, most categories of salaried employees will be eligible to receive time-and-a-half overtime pay for time spent past 40 hours if their annual salary is less than $47,476.

The change effectively doubles the current salary criterion for exemption from overtime pay. However, the changes will not affect hourly employees, who usually must receive overtime pay for an over-40-hour work week.

Those against the legislation indicate that the rule change adversely affects nonprofits, who rely heavily on grant-funded revenue streams that are often difficult to increase.

Paid Jury Duty?

Sep 14, 2016

New Hampshire follows federal law, which protects an employee from the threat of losing their job if they are called for jury duty, but does not require that companies compensate employees during their time of service. The state pays jurors $20 per full day of jury service.

Labor Day: Where do candidates stand on minimum wage?

Sep 02, 2016

In honor of Labor Day, here's a summary of where New Hampshire's gubernatorial candidates stand on the minimum wage.

Democrats

Mark Connolly: "A full-time employee making the federal minimum wage earns just over $15,000 a year—it’s simply not enough. I strongly support establishing a state minimum wage in New Hampshire, because every Granite Stater deserves to be paid a fair, living wage for their hard work."

Workers' comp costs down in NH

Aug 18, 2016

The state Insurance Department has accepted a proposal for much lower workers’ compensation insurance next year. 

The proposal, submitted by the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI), is lower because injured workers got back to work quicker last year.  That meant employers paid less partial wages to injured workers, also known as indemnity payments.

How can NH increase retirement savings?

Jul 08, 2016

According to a May 2016 report from the Government Accountability Office, only 40% of U.S. households have some savings in a private retirement account, such as a 401(k). 

In 2014 the National Institute on Retirement Security reported that the average amount in a retirement account in New Hampshire was $26,285, which fell below the national average of $30,345. 

House approves flexible scheduling protection

May 11, 2016

On Wednesday, May 11 the New Hampshire House of Representatives approved a bill that forbids employers from retaliating against an employee who requests a flexible work schedule.  The bill is now heading to Gov. Hassan's desk.

The bill, SB 416, does not require employers to provide a flexible schedule.

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