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Welcome to the NH Department of Labor

The Department of Labor helps employers and insurance carriers to operate successfully within New Hampshire's labor laws. We encourage a successful, fair, and safe workplace throughout the Granite State.

Ken Merrifield - Commissioner
Rudolph W. Ogden, III - Deputy Commissioner

NH Department of Labor main phone number: 603-271-3176

News and Events
January 1, 2021
Effective January 1, 2021 the standard mileage reimbursement rate for transportation expenses will be 56 cents per mile.
Public Hearing on Changes to the Department of Labor's Administrative Rules
September 17, 2020

The Department will be holding a public hearing on adoption of administrative rule Lab 601.02 Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol and readoption and amendment of administrative rule Lab 603.03 Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol. The public hearing Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbolwill take place via Webex on Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 2:00 p.m.


For any questions logging on to the Webex meeting, or participating via telephone, please email or call Sarah Fuller at or 603-271-3597.

DOL Hearings Update
May 11, 2020
Effective immediately the Department is not conducting in person hearings. This applies to all administrative hearings at the Department. Scheduled hearings will either be conducted either by Cisco Webex video conference or via telephone. Parties who are scheduled to appear for a first level workers' compensation hearing or a wage claim hearing are encouraged to email with any questions. Questions regarding the scheduling of a Workers' Compensation Appeals Board hearing should be directed to and
NH Warn Act and COVID-19
April 21, 2020
Under ordinary circumstances, some employers have NH WARN Act responsibilities concerning notification of layoffs or facility closures, but RSA 275-F:4 provides exceptions to these. Specifically, at RSA 275-F:4 I (b) and (d) there are exceptions which would relax the requirement. The NH Labor Commissioner has authority to determine the application of exceptions, and has expressed the view that COVID-19 is clearly an emergent, exceptional event.
Essential New Hampshire Employers
April 3, 2020

Here is the Governor's Emergency Order 17. Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol


Here is the Governor's Exhibit A Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol to Emergency Order 17.


Employers are also required to follow direction #3 of that document: "All businesses or other organizations providing Essential Services shall develop strategies, procedures and practices to allow for social distancing protocols consistent with guidance provided by the CDC and the Division of Public Health."


Here you can see all of the Governor's Emergency Orders.

Business Resources Available
March 31, 2020
Our partners at the Business and Industry Association of NH have compiled a number of resources available to NH businesses during the current State of Emergency. Please visit their site if you're seeking help with your business needs. Click here for COVID-19 Information & Resources for Employers.
The Department of Labor Lobby
March 26, 2020

The Department of Labor is operational at this time, however, the Lobby is closed to the public due to the COVID-19 crisis. We are very sorry for this inconvenience.

  • You are welcome to call 603-271-3176 or 603-271-3177 for questions. Our business hours are 8am-4:30pm Monday through Friday.
  • There are staff in the building if you need to pick up or drop off documents.
NH Unemployment Benefits
March 19, 2020
If you are in need of unemployment benefits, please visit the NH Employment Security website or call the hotline at 603-271-7700.
Guidance Regarding COVID-19 or Other Public Health Emergencies
March 16, 2020
Employers and employees may have questions about the impact of COVID-19 or other similar viruses on some employment laws enforced by the US Department of Labor. Click here for the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Questions and Answers. Click here for the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) Questions and Answers.
Coronavirus (COVID-19)
March 11, 2020
The White House Task Force on Coronavirus and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have released the following guidance on the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Click here for Actions for All Americans Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol. The USDOL Occupational Health and Safety Administration released the following guidance on preparing workplaces for the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Click here for COVID-19 Workplace GuidanceAdobe Acrobat Reader Symbol.
School to Work
January 28, 2020
The application for pre-screen of a business partner is now available ONLINE. The process is fully self-service and will walk you through step by step.
Click here to get started.
January 1, 2020
Effective January 1, 2020 the standard mileage reimbursement rate for transportation expenses will be 57.5 cents per mile.

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New Hampshire Department of Labor  |  
95 Pleasant Street  |  Concord, NH 03301
Telephone: 603-271-3176  |  
Hours of Operation: 8am - 4:30pm M-F