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New Hampshire Meal and Rest Periods Law


New Hampshire meal and rest period law is located in the following sections of the New Hampshire Code.

275:30-a Lunch or Eating Period.

An employer may not require an employee to work more than 5 consecutive hours without granting him a 1/2 hour lunch or eating period, except if it is feasible for the employee to eat during the performance of his work, and the employer permits him to do so..

275:32 Sunday Work.

Whoever requires an employee engaged in any occupation to do on Sunday the usual work of his occupation, unless he is allowed during the 6 days next ensuing 24 consecutive hours without labor, shall be fined not more than $50; provided that this section and the following section shall not be construed as allowing any work on Sunday not otherwise authorized by law.

275:33 Day of Rest.

No employer shall operate any such business on Sunday unless he has posted in a conspicuous place on the premises a schedule containing a list of employees who are required or allowed to work on Sunday and designating the day of rest for each, and shall promptly file a copy of such schedule and every change therein with the labor commissioner. No employee shall be required or allowed to work on the day of rest designated for him. Whoever violates this section shall be fined $50.

275:33-b Special Agreement.

Employers may be exempt from RSA 275:32 and 33 where mutual agreements are reached between employer and employees, after approval of the labor commissioner where it appears for the best interests of all parties concerned.

275:34 Applications of Provisions.

RSA 275:32 and 33 shall not apply to establishments used for the manufacture or distribution of gas, electricity, milk or water, nor to the transportation, sale, or delivery of food.

275:35 Exceptions.
RSA 275:32 and 33 shall not apply to the following employees:

I. Janitors, watchmen, firemen employed at stationary plants, or caretakers.

II. Employees whose duties on Sunday include only setting sponges in bakeries; caring for live animals or caring for machinery and plant equipment.

III. Employees engaged in the preparation, printing, publication, sale or delivery of newspapers, or periodicals with definite on-sale newsstand dates.

IV. Employees engaged in farm or personal service.

V. Employees engaged in any labor called for by an emergency which could not reasonably have been anticipated.

VI. Employees engaged in the canning of perishable goods.

VII. Employees engaged in any work connected with retail stores in resort areas; cabins and inns; and in theatres, motion picture houses, hotels and restaurants.

VIII. Employees of telegraph and telephone offices.

276-A:20. Notice of Hours.

Every employer shall post in a conspicuous place in every room where youths are employed a printed notice stating the hours of work, the time allowed for dinner or other meals, and the maximum number of hours any youth is permitted to work in any one day.

132:10-d Breast-feeding.

Breast-feeding a child does not constitute an act of indecent exposure and to restrict or limit the right of a mother to breast-feed her child is discriminatory.

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