Employment in New Hampshire
Employment in New Hampshire provides certain rights for the employees in regards to the quality of the workplace. Employers must provide decent work conditions as well as keep accurate records of the employee's worked hours, wages, and personnel file. These laws help to make New Hampshire a safe and productive place to work.
Wages, Breaks and Uniforms
Employers are required to pay no less than $6.55 per hour according to New Hampshire's minimum wage laws. Employers also must provide a 30-minute lunch break for any employee working over 5 consecutive hours. If an employer cannot allow time for the lunch period, they must pay the employee when they are eating and working at the same time.
When a company requires a specific uniform with the company logo on it, the employer is responsible for providing the uniform at no cost to the employee. If an employee leaves a job and does not return the uniform, the employer may not deduct the cost of the uniform from the employee's paycheck.
Workplace Safety and Quality
Employers must keep the workplace in good condition, meaning the workplace must be safe and sanitary. It is expected that drinking water be available to all employees, as should clean and well maintained restrooms. Machines in the workplace that may be considered dangerous because of age or poor maintenance must be either fixed or replaced at the expense of the employer. If an employer has failed to maintain proper upkeep of the workplace, they may be reported to the New Hampshire Department of Labor. An employee may make this report anonymously without fear of retaliation from the employer.
Records of Employment in New Hampshire
When an employee has had any length of employment in New Hampshire, the employer is required to keep accurate records of the employee for at least four years. These records include the hours the employee has worked, the wages they received, as well as any other information such as promotions or reprimands. If an employee requests these personnel files, the employer is required by law to either show the employee the file or provide a copy of the file. Employees do have the right to privacy as another employer cannot demand to see the personnel file, and the employer may not show the file to anyone else unless requested in writing by the employee.