SB226 (2022) Detail

Establishing a recruitment and retention program for state employment.










AN ACT establishing a recruitment and retention program for state employment.


SPONSORS: Sen. D'Allesandro, Dist 20; Sen. Hennessey, Dist 1; Sen. Rosenwald, Dist 13; Sen. Watters, Dist 4; Sen. Perkins Kwoka, Dist 21; Sen. Gray, Dist 6; Sen. Bradley, Dist 3; Sen. Sherman, Dist 24; Sen. Reagan, Dist 17; Sen. Cavanaugh, Dist 16; Sen. Carson, Dist 14; Sen. Whitley, Dist 15; Sen. Prentiss, Dist 5; Sen. Birdsell, Dist 19; Sen. Kahn, Dist 10


COMMITTEE: Executive Departments and Administration






This bill establishes specific criteria allowing the director of the division of personnel, department of administrative services, to develop a state employee recruitment and retention program.


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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.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


AN ACT establishing a recruitment and retention program for state employment.


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


1  Department of Administrative Services; Division of Personnel; Recruitment and Retention Program.  Amend RSA 21-I:42, VI to read as follows:

VI.  Developing a program for the recruitment, selection, [and] placement, and retention of qualified applicants in the state service.  Such program may include:

(a)  Expenditures by state agencies for recruitment and retention incentives, including but not limited to:

(1)  Bonuses for newly hired applicants who have not been employed by the state for a period of time to be determined by the director, but no less than one year, immediately preceding the date of hire; and

(2)  Referral fees for active employees of the state in good standing, excluding those employed in human resources jobs within their own agencies and hiring manager positions.

(b)  Any recruitment or retention incentives received by a state employee pursuant to this paragraph shall not be considered gifts under RSA 15-B.

(c)  Referral of applicants by current employees of the state for the purpose of receiving a referral fee pursuant to this paragraph shall not be considered a misuse of position under RSA 21-G:23, provided that any rules adopted by the director pursuant to RSA 21-I:43, II or any directives issued by the director pursuant to RSA 21-I:42, XV require that the benefits of a referral program shall be equally available to all state employees, except as specified in subparagraph (a)(2), and subject to uniform criteria established by the director.

(d)  Any expenditures made for recruitment or retention incentives pursuant to this paragraph shall be considered a matter of legislatively-enacted public policy that is designed to benefit employees and the state, and that is confined exclusively to the public employer by statute as provided in RSA 273-A:1, XI, and which shall not be subject to collective bargaining.  Nothing in this paragraph shall be construed to invalidate any portion of a collective bargaining agreement entered into by the state.

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









AN ACT establishing a recruitment and retention program for state employment.


FISCAL IMPACT:      [ X ] State              [    ] County               [    ] Local              [    ] None




Estimated Increase / (Decrease)


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Indeterminable Increase

Indeterminable Increase

Indeterminable Increase

Funding Source:

  [ X ] General            [    ] Education            [ X ] Highway           [ X ] Other - Various Funds







This bill grants authority to state agencies to expend funds for recruitment and retention incentives, including hiring bonuses and referral fees.  Such recruitment and retention incentives would be implemented under the Director of the Division of Personnel's authority to develop recruitment, selection, placement, and retention programs, as specified in RSA 21-A:42, VI.


The Department of Administrative Services states the fiscal impact of this bill is an indeterminable increase on State expenditures.  The Department states they are unable to determine the fiscal impact as the bill does not specify any amounts for bonuses or referral fees. Additionally there is no scope of the new program in terms of the number of newly hired employees or referring employees eligible to receive the benefits set forth in the bill.  Lastly, the bill seems to allow state agencies to choose to either implement or not implement the new incentives.  Therefore, the extent to which the programs authorized by the bill might be pursued by state agencies, and the possible amounts of expenditures they choose to make within their budgets, if any, cannot be determined.   


It is assumed the fiscal impact would not occur until FY 2023.



Department of Administrative Services



SB226 at GenCourtMobile

Action Dates

Date Body Type
Jan. 12, 2022 Senate Hearing
Jan. 27, 2022 Senate Floor Vote
Senate Floor Vote

Bill Text Revisions

SB226 Revision: 34250 Date: Dec. 14, 2021, 1:09 p.m.


Jan. 13, 2022: Committee Report: Ought to Pass; Vote 5-0; CC

Jan. 13, 2022: Committee Report: Ought to Pass, 01/27/2022; Vote 5-0; CC; SC 4

Dec. 21, 2021: Hearing: 01/12/2022, Room 103, SH, 09:15 am; SC 50

Dec. 14, 2021: To Be Introduced 01/05/2022 and Referred to Executive Departments and Administration; SJ 1