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.

Youth employment with parent's permission?

Apr 27, 2016

The Senate is scheduled to vote Thursday, April 28 on a bill to allow fourteen and fifteen year-olds to work with a parent's permission.

Under current state law, teenagers must get permission from the principal in their public school district.

Supporters of the bill argue that it is illogical for a public school principal to evaluate a student's readiness to work if the student attends a private school or home school.

Gender pay gap in NH?

Apr 12, 2016

According to a new report from the National Partnership for Women and Families, women in New Hampshire are paid 76 cents for every dollar paid to men.

That is a larger pay gap than the national average, and the largest pay gap in New England.

The report calculated the pay gap based on median annual wages of all men and women who worked full time, year round in 2014, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

More protections for pregnant workers?

Mar 22, 2016

On Thursday, March 24 the Senate will vote on a bill to clarify protections for pregnant workers in New Hampshire.

The bill, SB 488, specifies that employers must allow more frequent breaks, lighter duties, a private room for expressing breast milk, and more, so long as there is not “undue hardship” on the employer.

NH requires weekly paychecks

Jan 29, 2016

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.

Youth employment with parent's permission?

Dec 17, 2015

New Hampshire legislators have proposed two 2016 bills that would allow youths under age sixteen to work with just a parent's permission.

Right now state and federal laws allow those under age sixteen to work if they obtain a certificate from a school principal. The principal must certify that the youth has satisfactory academic performance. A youth does not need an employment certificate if he or she works on a farm or works directly for his or her parents. 

Does NH need a minimum wage?

Dec 07, 2015

Under current state law, New Hampshire’s minimum wage is the same as the federal minimum wage.

Two 2016 bills would increase the New Hampshire minimum wage above the federal minimum.

First, HB 1480 would raise the minimum wage to $8.25 in 2017, $9 in 2018, and $9.50 in 2019. 

New breastfeeding protections?

Nov 24, 2015

The Commerce and Consumer Affairs Committee is recommending a 2016 bill that increases protections for breastfeeding mothers in the workplace.

Federal law already requires most employers to provide mothers with a private room and break time for expressing breast milk. 


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