Biweekly pay option in New Hampshire?

Mar 12, 2017

BY: CCNH-LFDA Highlights

Under current New Hampshire state law, employers in the state are required to pay hourly employees each week, with payment issued no later than 8 days after the close of the work week. That could change if HB 194, which recently passed the House, is approved by the Senate. The bill would give employers the option of paying employees every two weeks instead of weekly.

A similar move in 2016, HB 1252, passed the House but stalled in the Senate.

New Hampshire’s current policy does allow companies to pay biweekly or even monthly if they receive a special waiver from the commissioner of labor.

Supporters of HB 194 argue that requiring businesses to pay weekly results in increased payroll and administrative costs, constituting an unfair burden on employers. They also note that in most other states, businesses do not have to apply for a waiver to pay biweekly.

Opponents counter that weekly pay cycles are particularly important for lower-income workers, who may rely on frequent payments in order to get by.

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