Bill Details - SB197 (2019)

SB 197 - VERSION ADOPTED BY BOTH BODIES

 

8May2019... 1839h

2019 SESSION

19-0486

04/06

 

SENATE BILL 197

 

AN ACT relative to noncompete agreements for low-wage employees.

 

SPONSORS: Sen. Watters, Dist 4; Sen. Cavanaugh, Dist 16; Sen. Feltes, Dist 15; Sen. Hennessey, Dist 5; Sen. Dietsch, Dist 9; Sen. Levesque, Dist 12; Sen. Sherman, Dist 24; Sen. Morgan, Dist 23; Sen. Gray, Dist 6; Sen. Kahn, Dist 10; Rep. Conley, Straf. 13; Rep. Cahill, Rock. 17

 

COMMITTEE: Commerce

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill prohibits an employer from requiring a low-wage employee to enter into a noncompete agreement.

 

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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

8May2019... 1839h 19-0486

04/06

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Nineteen

 

AN ACT relative to noncompete agreements for low-wage employees.

 

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

 

1  New Section; Protective Legislation; Noncompete Agreements for Low-Wage Employees.  Amend RSA 275 by inserting after section 70 the following new section:

275:70-a  Noncompete Agreements for Low-Wage Employees Prohibited.

I.  In this section:

(a)  "Employer" shall have the same meaning as in RSA 279:1, XI.  

(b)  "Low-wage employee" means an employee who earns an hourly rate less than or equal to 200 percent of the federal minimum wage.

(c)  "Noncompete agreement" means an agreement between an employer and a low-wage employee that restricts such low-wage employee from performing:

(1)  Work for another employer for a specified period of time;

(2)  Work in a specified geographical area; or

(3)  Work for another employer that is similar to such low-wage employee's work for the employer who is a party to the agreement.

II.(a)  No employer shall require a low-wage employee to enter into a noncompete agreement.  

(b)  A noncompete agreement entered into between an employer and a low-wage employee shall be void and unenforceable.

2  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect 60 days after its passage.

Docket

Date Status
Jan. 3, 2019 Introduced 01/03/2019 and Referred to Commerce; SJ 4
Feb. 12, 2019 Hearing: 02/12/2019, Room 100, SH, 01:30 pm; SC 10
Feb. 21, 2019 Committee Report: Ought to Pass, 02/21/2019; SC 11
Feb. 21, 2019 Ought to Pass: MA, VV; OT3rdg; 02/21/2019; SJ 6
March 20, 2019 Introduced 03/20/2019 and referred to Labor, Industrial and Rehabilitative Services HJ 11 P. 70
April 3, 2019 ==TIME CHANGE== Public Hearing: 04/03/2019 02:00 pm LOB 307
April 17, 2019 ==RECESSED== Executive Session: 04/17/2019 02:30 pm LOB 307
May 1, 2019 ==CONTINUED== Executive Session: 05/01/2019 10:30 am LOB 307
Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2019-1598h (Vote 19-0; CC)
May 8, 2019 Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2019-1598h for 05/08/2019 (Vote 19-0; CC) HC 23 P. 6
May 8, 2019 Removed from Consent (Rep. Sullivan) 05/08/2019 HJ 15 P. 2
May 8, 2019 Amendment # 2019-1598h: AF VV 05/08/2019 HJ 15 P. 97
May 8, 2019 FLAM # 2019-1839h (Rep. Sullivan): AA VV 05/08/2019 HJ 15 P. 97
May 8, 2019 Ought to Pass with Amendment 2019-1839h: MA VV 05/08/2019 HJ 15 P. 97
May 30, 2019 Sen. Cavanaugh Moved to Concur with the House Amendment, MA, VV; 05/30/2019; SJ 18
June 13, 2019 Enrolled 06/13/2019
June 13, 2019 Enrolled (In recess 06/13/2019); SJ 21

Action Dates

Date Body Type
Feb. 12, 2019 Senate Hearing
Feb. 21, 2019 Senate Floor Vote
April 3, 2019 House Hearing
April 17, 2019 House Exec Session
May 1, 2019 House Exec Session
House Floor Vote
May 8, 2019 House Floor Vote

Bill Text Revisions

SB197 Revision: 5201 Date: Jan. 22, 2019, 10:20 a.m.
SB197 Revision: 5909 Date: June 5, 2019, 9:40 a.m.
SB197 Revision: 6143 Date: June 5, 2019, 9:41 a.m.