New Hampshire employers will soon be permitted to pay wages to employees biweekly. Currently, employers must pay workers each week. Payday must be no later than seven days after the end of the week when employees earned the wages. On May 12, 2017, Governor Chris Sununu signed House Bill 194 amending the Revised Statutes Annotated (RSA) Chapter 275:43. Employers can begin to pay their employees at regular intervals not to exceed 14 days on July 11, 2017. If employers need to pay their employees differently than what the new law allows, the employer must have a written approval from the Commissioner. The Commissioner can approve payment of wages other than weekly or biweekly, if the written petition shows good and sufficient reason. However, payment of wages must be at least once each calendar month. The Commissioner will continue to prescribe the terms and conditions of such permission, and limit the duration thereof.
The New Hampshire mandatory Protective Legislation Law posting, which includes information on payment of wages, is expected to be revised to reflect the new legislation. As required by the state Legislature, employers must post the Protective Legislation Law posting to inform employees about their rights and remedies available to them. The state department of labor has confirmed that the posting will soon be updated with the new law language. Make sure to visit our blog in the next few days for the latest update.