Bills being considered that could impact employers

NH’s Business: Bills being considered in New Hampshire that could impact employers



>> WELCOME TO NEW HAMPSHIRE’S BUSINESS, I’M FRED KOCHER. THERE ARE A LOT OF BILLS IN THE LEGISLATURE THIS SESSION THAT COULD IMPACT NEW HAMPSHIRE EMPLOYERS. NO MATTER WHAT SIZE THEY ARE AND HERE ARE SOME OF THE TARGETS. BUSISSNE TAXES GOING DOWN. VACCE INMANDATES, ARE THEY BEING BLOCKE D? AND NONCOMPEET AGREEMENTS AND RKWO FORCE HOUSING, THERE MAY BE MORE. MOST OF THE WORK THIS SESSION SHA BEEN SPENT PUTNGTI OUT FIRES AND THAT QUOTES I FROM THE BUSINESS AND INDUSTRY FROM NEW HAMPSHIRE. >> THANKS, FRED. GREAT TO BE HERE. >> BEFORE WE GO DOWN THE LIST, WHAT ABOUT THESE FIRES? WH AT WERE THEY ABOUT? >> WELL, I THINK EVERY SESSION THERE’S SOME BILLS THAT YOU’RE LOOKING TO ADVANCE AND SUPPORT AND SOME THAT WE’RE LOOKING TO OPPOSE AND HOPEFULLY DISPATCH WITH. AND SOME OF THE VACCINE MANDATE BILLS OR ANTI-VACCINE MANDATE BILLS ARE EMPLOYER RIGHTS BILLS ARE FIRES THAT WE’RE TRYING IT PUT OUT AND WE’RE HOPEFUL THAT WILL BE THE CASE. >> THE LEGISLATION STARTED THE YEAR WITH MORE THAN 40 BILLS ON COVID-19, ESPECIALLY MANDATES OF VACCINES ANDOU Y ZEROED IN ON A COUPLE OF THEM, A PERSOLNA CONSCIENCE OBJECTION AND BLOSCK TAKING PART IN ANY. >> AND WHAT THE BILLS ARE ABOUT, REONSPSE IN PROTOCOLS OR MANDATES THAT EMPLOYERS OR ORGANIZATIONS CHOSE TO PUT IN PLACE DURING THE PANDEMIC, AND IN OUR VIEW IS THAT INDIVIDUAL BUSINESSES SHOULD REALLYE B MAKING THE DECISIONNEW HOW THE AIRIRERS , ND A THE STATES SHOULDN’T BE PROHIBITING A BUSINESS FMRO PUTTING IN PLACE A MANDATIFE IT CHOOSES TO DO SO. AND THAT’S WHAT HOUSE BILL 1210 REALLY UNDERMINES BY CREATING THIS NEW PERSONAL CONSCIOUS OBJECTION WHICH WE’RE CONCERNED ABOUTND A HOPEFUL THAT THE LEGISLATURE WILL TURN DOWN. >> BUSINESS TAXES ANDHE T PROFITS IN THE TAX. >> HOUSE BILL 1221 WHICH PASSED THE SENATE RECENTLYND A IS LOOKING TO BE ON TRACK TOET G TO THE GOVERNOR, WOULD REDUCE THE BUSINESS PROFITSAX T PERCENTAGE BY .1%. WHICISH RELATIVELY SMALL DROP FROM 7.6 TO 7.5, BUT WE THINK IT’S A MEANINGFUL SIGNAL ABOUT NEW HAMPSHIRE’S BUSINESS CLIMATE. THE INCREASED COSTS THAT BUSINESSRE A USING WITH HIRING AND SUPPLY CINHA ISSUES, WE’RE OPTIMISTIC THAT IT WILL PASS. >> IT’S A TREND BECAUSEHE T LEGISLATURE HAVE BEEN TAKING THAT TAX DOWN ON A REGARUL BASIS. THERE’S BILL FOR NONCOMPLETE AGREEMENTS FOR EMPLOYEES WHO CHANGE THEIR EMPLOYMENT. WHAT’S THAT ABOUT? >> THIS IS A CONCERNING ISSUE AND ONE THAT WE’RE WATCHING CL OSELY AND HOPEFUL THATHE T STATE SENATE WILL DISPATCH OR AT LEAST SEND TO INTERIM STUDY. OVER THE YEARS, NEW HAMPSHIRE SHA CRAFTED A CAREFUL BALANCE SYSTEM ON NONCOMPETE S. RELATIVE FEW EMPLOYERS THAT USE NONCPEOMTES. FOR THOSE THAT DO, IT’S AN IMPORTANT PART OF THE BUSINESS MODEL AND THAT WOULD DISRUPT FOR NO REASON. THE SYSTEM IS WORKING FINE AND IT WOULD INTRODUCE AMBIGUITY AND POTENTIAL FOR LITTATION BY – LITIGATION BY EMPLOYEES THAT HAVE VACCINE MANDATES AND SAFETY PROTOCOLS. IT’S NOT A WELL-THOUGHT OUT PROPOSAL AND ONE WE THINK WOULD BE DISRUPTIVE. >> AND GOODNESS KNOWS, YOU ARE AFFORDABLE WORKING ANDHE T BARRIERS THAT WLDOU PREVENT BUILDERS FROM BUILDGIN AFFORDABLE HOUSING. >> THE NUMBER ONE ISSUE I HEAR FROM OUR BUSINESS MEMBERS ABOUT IS WORK FORCE CHALLENGES BEING ABLE TO HIRE AND THAT’S DIRECTLY LINKED TO THE AVAILABILITY AND ACCESS ACT OF HOUSING OPTIONS ACROSSHE T COMMUNITIES. AND OUR VWIE AT BIA. WE NEED AN ALL HANDS ON DECK APPROACH TO ENSURE THAT WE’RE CREATING MPOR MORE HOUSING OPTIONS AND SB400 IS A GREAT STEP FOR THIS. IT’S A TOOLBOX OF INCENTISVE AND PROGRAMS AND TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES THAT WILL ALLOW THOSE COMMUNITIES THAT ARE INTERESTED IN BUILDING MORE HOUSING OPTIONS, WAYS THEY CAN GO ABOUT DOING THAT IN A MEANINGFUL AND THOUGHTFUL WAY. AND SO, IT’S A GOOD STEP FORWARD. IT’S AN INCREMENTAL STEP FORWARD, BUT BY NO MEANS OUR CHALLENGES AND WE’LL NEED A MULTI-YEAR EFFORT FROM OUR BUSINESS COMMUNITIES, LOCAL COMMUNITIES, WORKING IN PARTNERSHIP WHIT OUR STATE LEGISLATURE TO CREATE MORE POLICIES CORRUPIES TERRIBLE HUMAN RESOURCES ACROSS THE STATE. >> MY THANKS TO THE BUSINESS ASSOCIATION OF N

NH’s Business: Bills being considered in New Hampshire that could impact employers

Fred Kocher sits down with Michael Skelton, the President & CEO of the Business and Industry Association of New Hampshire, to discuss several bills being considered in the New Hampshire Legislature that could impact employers. Some of the proposed bills include ones focused on business taxes, vaccine mandates, non-compete agreements, and workforce housing.

Fred Kocher sits down with Michael Skelton, the President & CEO of the Business and Industry Association of New Hampshire, to discuss several bills being considered in the New Hampshire Legislature that could impact employers.

Some of the proposed bills include ones focused on business taxes, vaccine mandates, non-compete agreements, and workforce housing.

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