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New Hampshire’s COVID-19 ‘Stay at Home Plan 2.0’ on Reopening Businesses

New Hampshire Governor Christopher Sununu has issued Executive Order #40 (Stay at Home 2.0), setting guidelines for reopening a broad range of businesses in the state following the shutdown order in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Governor Sununu Vetoes The NH Legislature’s Paid Family Medical Leave Plan

The New Hampshire Paid Family Medical Leave law has been left behind in the dust. Republican Governor Chris Sununu vetoed the bill, saying that he fully supports paid family medical leave but not the plan passed by the Democratic majority New Hampshire Legislature. The Democratic proposal, referred to as Senate Bill 1, would set up a public fund administered by the New Hampshire Department of Employment Security and would have been funded by a payroll tax on all employee wages. The payroll deduction would be mandatory unless the employer voluntarily provided the same or superior benefits either directly or through a self-insured plan.

New Hampshire Prohibits Gender Identity Discrimination

New Hampshire became the 20th state in the country to prohibit discrimination of all forms based upon gender identity when Governor Chris Sununu signed House Bill 1319 into law on June 8, 2018. The law goes into effect on July 8, 2018.

New Hampshire Supreme Court Quickly Disposes of Whistleblower Claims

Defeating whistleblower claims often requires a significant investment of time and resources in protracted litigation. But a recent decision in New Hampshire provides some hope that employers will be able to dispose of meritless whistleblower claims in the early stages of a case. In Cluff-Landry v. Roman Catholic Bishop of Manchester, the Supreme Court of New Hampshire upheld the dismissal of an employee’s claims under the state Whistleblowers’ Protection Act, Revised Statutes Annotated (RSA) 275-E:2, because her complaints, when reasonably construed, implicated only the employer’s internal policies.

A Bit Too Far: Employee’s Alleged Self-Defense Fails To Sway NH Justices On His Wrongful Discharge Claim

Could an employee be fired by his employer for actions he claimed were done in self-defense? In Leeds v. BAE Systems, No. 2012-599 (November 5, 2013), the New Hampshire Supreme Court found that he could where the employee’s actions went beyond what was reasonably necessary to potentially defend himself.

Political Drama In New Hampshire

Like its New England neighbors, New Hampshire has long been perceived as a friendly state for labor unions. Much like Wisconsin, many would view it as an unlikely candidate for legal reforms that attempt to shift the balance away from organized labor. Yet New Hampshire stands poised to become the first state in many years, and the only one within the Northeastern United States, to pass comprehensive right-to-work legislation that would do just that. Even more remarkably, a growing number of other states are now entertaining the same notion.

New Hampshire Enacts State WARN Act.

On August 10, 2009, New Hampshire Governor John Lynch signed into law the New Hampshire Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act. The purpose of this Act is to protect workers during sudden business closings and mass layoffs. The New Hampshire WARN Act will take effect on January 1, 2010.
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