New Hampshire Holiday Pay
The state of New Hampshire currently does not require that employers
provide holiday pay or holiday vacation for their employees. The
federal government also does not make this luxury a requirement.
Federal law states that businesses and companies can be open three
hundred sixty-five days a year without providing holidays.
This means that employees can thus be required to work every day of the
year, including Sundays and holidays. Because there is a lack in state
law or federal law in this area, many businesses and companies choose
to provide their employees with holidays, anywhere from five to seven
days a year.
By providing holidays, employers are still not required to pay
employees for taking those holidays. Employers also do not have to pay
employees a premium salary for working holidays. Holiday pay is an
option for companies and businesses to provided but normal salary
payment for these days is completely legal.
If an individual is provided with payment for taking a holiday and he
or she works more than forty hours that week, an employer is not
required to pay him or her overtime because of the holiday payment. In
reality the vacation time is not counted as time worked. Employers also
have the liberty of providing payment agreements for holidays and
overtime and are also required to honor union-based contracts whenever
New Hampshire does not have a state law in regards to family leave or
maternity leave. Instead this state uses the federal law created in
1993 called the Family and Medical Leave Act. This act provides
employees the opportunity to taken any necessary leave of absence for
no more than twelve weeks.
Each year every employee is provided this twelve weeks of time off
without payment with the guarantee that he or she will have job safety.
An employer is not legally permitted to terminate an employee simply
because he or she needed to take a leave for medical or family reasons.
Upon returning an employee is guaranteed his or her former occupation
or one of equal benefit and payment. The Family and Medical Leave Act
is set in place to allow children to care for elderly parents, to allow
parents to care for ill children, to allow for hospitalization, or to
allow any necessary leave for psychological or medical need.
Maternity leave is covered under the Family and Medical Leave Act and
is designed to allow new mothers the opportunity to care for their
newborns as well as allow adoptive parents to bond with the newly
Federal law and New Hampshire law does not require that businesses and
companies provide employees with sick leave. Sick leave may be offered
at an employer's discretion but are also not required to provide
payment for taking sick leave. Many companies provide benefit packages
that allow individuals to be paid for sick days. Since sick leave is
often used for mental health days, many employers have chosen to
provide paid time off instead. This kind of time off covers sick leave
and any other reason for needing a short leave.