Fair play for NH workers

Yesterday the NH House unanimously passed one of my bills, HB 200.  This bill arose from a case in Charlestown.  Currently, if you are fired for misconduct, you can appeal that decision if you feel that the employer was wrong.  Unfortunately, you’re guilty until proven innocent.  Employers are not required to prove that you did anything wrong, and they don’t even have to show up.  My bill requires the employers to furnish some proof of the misconduct.  It’s not a lot to ask.  Remember, this doesn’t mean that you get your job back.  It just means that you get the benefits that you’re entitled to.  The bill was debated before the Labor, Industrial, and Rehabilitative Services Committee, which I served on last term.  The committee suggested that in addition to my requirement for proof, that the employer or their authorized representative also be required to attend the hearing.  I agreed, we amended the bill, and it passed.  If you agree that this bill is just common sense and should become law, please contact your Senators.  The bill still has to pass there, before being sent to the Governor.


About Rep. Steven Smith

Steven Smith is a member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives, serving his 7th term. Rep. Smith currently represents Charlestown, Newport, and Unity. Rep. Smith is the Deputy Speaker of the NH House.
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