N.H.'s 'Paycheck Fairness Act' Takes Effect Jan. 1

Jan 1, 2015

Supporters of the "Paycheck Fairness Act" rally in Concord last year.
Credit NHPR / Michael Brindley

A new law meant to ensure women and men are paid equally takes effect Jan. 1.

The so-called Paycheck Fairness Act includes a provision that makes it illegal for employers to forbid workers from talking about their salaries.

Retiring state Senator Sylvia Larsen was a key sponsor of the bill and says the law also extends from one to three years the time workers have to file wage discrimination complaints.

“To be underpaid for years on end with no resolution was unfair. I think the Paycheck Fairness Act certainly corrects that problem.”

The state’s Business and Industry Association had objected to that longer deadline.

When Governor Maggie Hassan signed the bill into law last year, she called it the most significant piece of legislation for women in New Hampshire’s workforce in a decade.

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