Gov. Maggie Hassan on Tuesday held a ceremony to sign the New Hampshire Paycheck Fairness Act into law.
The act eliminates loopholes, increases wage transparency, and ensures all workers have the resources needed to earn an equal paycheck, without fear of retaliation. Outgoing House Speaker Terri Norelli, who was a co-sponsor of the measure, said the bill continues our state’s legacy of leading on equality.
“We’re here to celebrate legislation that promotes fairness and encourages everyone to reach their full potential,” said Norelli, who is retiring. “New Hampshire has always been a leader when it comes to equality. When it comes to the signing of the equal pay law, we can be proud that we’re leading once again.”
Outgoing Senate Democratic Leader Sylvia Larsen, who like Norelli is retiring, said this act sends a message that our state is dedicated to equal pay for equal work.
“It’s distressing to hear in the year 2014 that women in New Hampshire who are working full-time jobs still only earn 77 cents on the dollar compared to men,” Larsen said. “With this bipartisan, common-sense law we are sending a crystal-clear message that NH is on the side of all workers, guaranteeing a fair and equal paycheck without the fear of retaliation.”
Speaking last, Gov. Hassan said the bill helps level the playing field.
“It’s obviously a critical issue of fairness, something that we as Americans strive for everyday,” Hassan said. “This bill certainly goes a long way to assuring that men and women who are working hard in the same job can earn the same pay.”
The bill was sponsored by all Democratic senators and ultimately passed unanimously by the Senate. With the signing, it will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2015. You can read the full text of the bill here.