How does NH compare on the minimum wage?

Aug 03, 2018
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Under current state law, New Hampshire’s minimum wage matches the federal minimum wage: $7.25 per hour.

According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, here is the minimum wage by state in 2018:

Should New Hampshire raise the minimum wage specifically for employers who do not offer health insurance?

Jan 14, 2018

Sen. Donna Soucy is sponsoring a 2018 bill that would raise the minimum wage for employers who do not offer employer-sponsored health benefits.

The bill, SB 554, would also gradually raise the minimum wage for employers that do offer health insurance.

Eliminate tipping at restaurants?

Jul 06, 2017
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The 7th Settlement Brewery in Dover gained national attention after announcing a plan to ban tips starting this Labor Day.

The restaurant will instead raise prices 15-20% and pay servers $45-50,000 a year.  If a customer still leaves a tip, the restaurant will donate the tip to charity.

What’s wrong with tipping?

The goal is to pay staff equitably, including kitchen staff, and overcome problems that can come with tipping – sexual harassment, for example.

Should state contracts have higher minimum wage?

May 31, 2017
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Since taking office this January, Executive Councilor Andru Volinsky has asked the same question before voting on any state contract: what is the lowest wage the contractor pays an employee?

Volinsky highlights the results in each meeting report under a section titled “$15 an Hour.”  He hopes publishing this information will lay the groundwork for a law that requires a $15 minimum hourly wage in all state contracts.

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. 

Should NH pay prisoners minimum wage for required work?

Oct 19, 2016

New Hampshire state prisons require that able-bodied inmates work a minimum of five days per week, unless attending school full-time. Jobs can include working in the prison kitchen or laundry, doing general maintenance, or more skilled work such as print making, furniture refinishing, woodworking or sign making.

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."

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