NH requires weekly paychecks

Jan 29, 2016

BY: CCNH-LFDA Highlights

Under New Hampshire law, employers must pay employees weekly, unless they get a waiver from the state Department of Labor.

A 2016 bill, HB 1252, would allow employers to pay employees weekly or biweekly. 

Bill sponsor Rep. Laurie Sanborn argues that most states do not have a law requiring weekly pay, and New Hampshire's law is an unnecessary burden on businesses. Weekly pay can increase payroll costs.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, nine states including New Hampshire require weekly pay for at least some jobs. 

Opponents of HB 1252 argue that weekly pay is essential for low-income employees who live paycheck to paycheck.

The Department of Labor testified at the bill hearing that they sometimes deny requests to pay biweekly because of the hardship to low-wage workers. They have also denied companies for a history of failing to make payroll.

The Department of Labor testified that fines for violating the law can reach $2,500, but they usually work with employers to reduce penalties. 

Do you think New Hampshire should continue to require a waiver for biweekly pay? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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