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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.

"Wage Theft" Regulation Comes to New Hampshire

Do you have employees in New Hampshire? If so, you should be aware of revised state requirements now in effect regarding how and when you must notify employees about various compensation practices and policies, such as changes in salary or hourly wage, sick leave, vacation time, and more.

New Hampshire Discrimination Law Imposes Individual Employee Liability, State Supreme Court Rules

Individuals may be held personally liable for aiding and abetting workplace discrimination under New Hampshire law.

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.