Employment and Labor Laws

New Hampshire

Minimum Wage, Overtime, Hours and Leave


Minimum Wage

New Hampshire’s current minimum wage is $7.25.

For more information on New Hampshire’s minimum wage laws, visit our New Hampshire Minimum Wage Laws page, which includes topics such as minimum wage, tip minimum wage, tip sharing and pooling, and subminimum wages.

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Overtime

New Hampshire labor laws require an employer to pay overtime to employees, unless otherwise exempt, at the rate of 1½ times the employee’s regular rate of pay for all hours worked in excess of 40 hours in a workweek. NH Dept. of Labor – FAQs. See FLSA: Overtime for more information regarding overtime requirements.


Prevailing Wages

New Hampshire does not have a prevailing wage law that governs wage rates on government project or service contracts.

Under certain circumstances, employers in New Hampshire may be required to pay residents wage rates established by federal prevailing wage rates and rules. The prevailing wage rates may be different from the federal and state’s standard minimum wage rates. Employees may be eligible for prevailing wages if they work on government or government-funded construction projects or perform certain government services. See the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts, McNamara-O’Hara Service Contract Act (SCA), and Walsh-Healey Public Contracts Act (PCA) for more information about prevailing wages.


Meals and Breaks

Under New Hampshire labor laws, employers cannot require that an employee work more than five (5) consecutive hours without granting a thirty (30) minute lunch or eating period. If the employer cannot allow thirty (30) minutes, the employee must be paid if they are eating and working at the same time. In accordance with federal law, if an employer chooses to provide additional breaks, they must be paid if they are of the type usually lasting less than twenty (20) minutes. NH Statute 275:30-A.


Nursing Mother Breaks

New Hampshire labor laws do not require employers to provide nursing mothers with breaks to express breast milk. However, the federal Fair Labor Standards Act requires certain employees to provide nonexempt nursing mothers for one (1) year following a child’s birth with reasonable rest breaks to express milk and private spaces, other than a bathroom, to express breast milk.


Vacation Leave

Information about New Hampshire vacation leave laws may now be found on our New Hampshire Leave Laws page.


Sick Leave

Information about New Hampshire sick leave laws may now be found on our New Hampshire Leave Laws page.


Holiday Leave

Information about New Hampshire holiday leave laws may now be found on our New Hampshire Leave Laws page.


Jury Duty Leave

Information about New Hampshire jury duty leave laws may now be found on our New Hampshire Leave Laws page.


Voting Leave

Information about New Hampshire voting leave laws may now be found on our New Hampshire Leave Laws page.


Severance Pay

New Hampshire labor law do not require employers to provide employees with severance pay. If an employer chooses to provide severance benefits, it must comply with the terms of its established policy or employment contract. An employer must inform its employees in writing or by posting of its policies regarding severance pay or other fringe benefits. NH Admin. Rules, Lab 803.03


Unemployment

Under certain circumstances, New Hampshire residents may be eligible for unemployment benefits while they search for another job. You are required to certify that you are unemployed on a weekly basis to receive these benefits. See New Hampshire State Unemployment Benefits.


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