New year brings changes to New Hampshire employer safety programs

November 28, 2012 0 COMMENTS

by Jeanine Poole

New Hampshire’s requirements for employer safety programs are changing. Passed in June, House Bill 1587 goes into effect on January 1, 2013. The new law provides:

  • Employers with 15 or more employees (formerly 10 or more employees) must have a written safety program filed with the New Hampshire Department of Labor (NHDOL).
  • Once filed, the program must be updated and filed with the NHDOL every two years (formerly biennially on January 1).
  • Employers with 15 or more employees (formerly five or more employees) must establish a joint loss safety committee.
  • The NHDOL can assess administrative penalties up to $250 (formerly $1,000) per day for each day of noncompliance.
  • The workers’ compensation safety inspection fund is repealed. Collected penalties now go to the state’s general fund.

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