New Hampshire has enacted a series of laws and regulations designed to help protect employees from abuse by their employers. These rules cover minimum full-time and part-time designations, minimum wages, overtime and paid leave, as well as, employment discrimination and employee benefits. 

Part-time vs. Full-time

Anyone typically working more than 35 hours per week is considered “full-time” under New Hampshire law. Therefore, those typically working less than 35 hours per week are considered “part-time” employees.

Minimum Wage

New Hampshire has set its minimum wage rate at $7.25 – matching the federal minimum wage. This wage does not apply to:

  • employees engaged in household labor,
  • domestic labor,
  • farm labor,
  • outside sales representatives,
  • summer camps for minors,
  • newspaper carriers,
  • non-professional ski patrol, and
  • golf caddies.

Furthermore, anyone who customarily receives tip as compensation are not covered by the minimum wage.


Like many states, New Hampshire defers to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) regarding required overtime pay. Therefore, employees in New Hampshire are required to be paid at the rate of time and one half of the regular rate of pay. This rate only applies for all hours worked over forty in any one week. However, overtime rates do not apply if the employee is exempt from FLSA protections.


Discrimination occurs when an employer mistreats, fails to promote, or otherwise treats an employee unfairly for reasons that are protect by law. Both state and federal laws protect employees from discrimination.  

New Hampshire does not allow employers to discriminate against employees based on:

  • age,
  • sex,
  • sexual orientation,
  • race,
  • creed,
  • color,
  • marital status,
  • familial status,
  • physical or mental disability, or
  • national origin.

Discrimination is a serious issue and you will want to get an employment lawyer involved if you believe that you have been treated unfairly.

Time Off

Typically, New Hampshire does not require employers to provide employees with paid leave or vacation time. Furthermore, New Hampshire generally does not require employers to provide employees with health coverage or any other employee benefits. These benefits, if they exist, are generally covered in the employment agreement between the employee and employer.

Where Can I Find the Right Lawyer to Help Me?

If you feel that your rights as an employee have been violated, then contact an employment lawyer for help with the New Hampshire labor laws.