SB 197 - FINAL VERSION
SENATE BILL 197
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
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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.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
STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Nineteen
Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:
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.
Approved: July 10, 2019
Effective Date: September 08, 2019
|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|
|May 8, 2019||House||Floor Vote|
|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 HJ 19 P. 18|
|June 13, 2019||Enrolled (In recess 06/13/2019); SJ 21|
|July 10, 2019||Signed by the Governor on 07/10/2019; Chapter 201; Effective 09/08/2019|