Bill Text - HB501 (2013)

(New Title) instituting a state minimum hourly rate.

Revision: March 13, 2013, midnight






AN ACT relative to the minimum wage.

SPONSORS: Rep. Horrigan, Straf 6; Rep. Weed, Ches 16; Rep. K. Ward, Straf 21; Rep. P. Sullivan, Hills 10; Rep. Berch, Ches 1; Rep. Phillips, Ches 5

COMMITTEE: Labor, Industrial and Rehabilitative Services


This bill establishes a state minimum hourly wage.

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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.

Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]

Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.




In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Thirteen

AN ACT relative to the minimum wage.

Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:

1 Minimum Hourly Rate. Amend the introductory paragraph of RSA 279:21 to read as follows:

279:21 Minimum Hourly Rate. Unless otherwise provided by statute, no person, firm, or corporation shall employ any employee at an hourly rate lower than $8.25 or that set forth in the federal minimum wage law, as amended. Tipped employees of a restaurant, hotel, motel, inn or cabin, who customarily and regularly receive more than $30 a month in tips directly from the customers will receive a base rate from the employer of not less than 45 percent of the applicable minimum wage. If an employee shows to the satisfaction of the commissioner that the actual amount of wages received at the end of each pay period did not equal the minimum wage for all hours worked, the employer shall pay the employee the difference to guarantee the applicable minimum wage. The limitations imposed hereby shall be subject to the following exceptions:

2 Community Development Finance Authority; Definitions. Amend RSA 162-L:1, VIII to read as follows:

VIII. “Primary employment” means work which pays at least 1 1/2 times the minimum wage as established under RSA 279:21 or under federal law, whichever is greater, which offers adequate fringe benefits, including health insurance, and which is not seasonal or part-time.

3 Effective Date. This act shall take effect September 1, 2013.





AN ACT relative to the minimum wage.


      The Department of Labor and New Hampshire Municipal Association state this bill, as introduced, will have an indeterminable impact on local expenditures in FY 2014 and each year thereafter. There will be no fiscal impact on state and county expenditures, or state, local, and county revenue.


    The Department of Labor states this bill establishes a minimum wage for employees in the state of the higher of $8.25 per hour or the amount established in federal minimum wage law. The Department of Labor states it will need to revise labor posters to reflect the increased minimum wage. The Department states, however, that the posters are regularly revised in any event, so there would likely be no cost of revision to the state. Similarly, the Department already has an inspection process to ensure compliance with current labor laws, and as a result the cost of the enforcement will be absorbed.

    The New Hampshire Municipal Association states the bill’s impact on local expenditures is indeterminable. The Association does not indicate whether any municipalities currently employ individuals earning less than the minimum wage proposed by the bill.

    The Department of Administrative services states the bill will have no impact on state expenditures, since the current minimum hourly wage for state employees is higher than that proposed by the bill.

    The New Hampshire Association of Counties states the bill will have no impact on county expenditures, since all county employees earn a wage higher than the minimum proposed by the bill.