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HB 474 - Labor Law Amendments - New Hampshire Key Vote

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Title: Labor Law Amendments

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that prohibits employers from requiring any employee to join a labor organization as a condition of employment, effective January 1, 2012.

Highlights:

  • Prohibits employers from requiring of an employee any of the following as a condition of employment (Sec. 2):
    • To resign from voluntary membership in a labor organization;
    • To become or remain a member of a labor organization;
    • To pay dues, fees, or assessments to any labor organization;
    • To pay any charity or third party any amount equivalent to or a pro-rata portion of dues, fees, or assessments of a labor organization; or
    • To be recommended or approved by a labor organization.
  • Prohibits employers from deducting any labor organization dues, fees, or assessments from an employee's paycheck unless the employee has signed a written authorization for such deduction (Sec. 2).
  • This act is effective January 1, 2012 (Sec. 3).

NOTE: A TWO-THIRDS MAJORITY OF THOSE PRESENT AND VOTING IS REQUIRED TO OVERRIDE A GOVERNOR'S VETO.

NOTE: THIS BILL WAS VOTED ON DURING A SPECIAL SESSION OF THE LEGISLATURE

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Title: Labor Law Amendments

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that prohibits employers from requiring any employee to join a labor organization as a condition of employment, effective January 1, 2012.

Highlights:

  • Specifies that all individuals shall have the right to form, join, assist, or refrain from joining a labor organization (Sec. 2).
  • Specifies that no person can be required as a condition of employment or continuation of employment to (Sec. 4):
    • Resign or refrain from involvement with a labor organization;
    • Become or remain a member of a labor organization;
    • Pay any dues, fees, assessments, or other charges to a labor organization; or
    • Be recommended, approved, referred, or cleared through a labor organization.
  • Prohibits employers from deducting labor organization dues from the compensation of any employee, unless the employee has signed a written authorization for such deductions (Sec. 5).
  • Prohibits any individual or labor organization, by any threat of or actual intimidation, to compel an employee or prospective employee to become involved with or refrain from involvement in a labor organization (Sec. 8).
  • Exempts the following individuals from the provisions of this act (Sec. 13):
    • Employers and employees covered by the Federal Railway Labor Act;
    • Federal employers and employees; and
    • Employers and employees on exclusive federal enclaves.
  • This act is effective January 1, 2012 (Sec. 14).

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Title: Labor Law Amendments

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that provides workers with the choice to join a labor organization, effective January 1, 2012.

Highlights:

  • Specifies that all individuals shall have the right to form, join, assist, or refrain from joining a labor organization (Sec. 2).
  • Specifies that no person can be required as a condition of employment or continuation of employment to (Sec. 4):
    • Resign or refrain from involvement with a labor organization;
    • Become or remain a member of a labor organization;
    • Pay any dues, fees, assessments, or other charges to a labor organization; or
    • Be recommended, approved, referred, or cleared through a labor organization.
  • Prohibits employers from deducting labor organization dues from the compensation of any employee, unless the employee has signed a written authorization for such deductions (Sec. 5).
  • Prohibits any individual or labor organization, by any threat of or actual intimidation, to compel an employee or prospective employee to become involved with or refrain from involvement in a labor organization (Sec. 8).
  • Exempts the following individuals from the provisions of this act (Sec. 13):
    • Employers and employees covered by the Federal Railway Labor Act;
    • Federal employers and employees; and
    • Employers and employees on exclusive federal enclaves.
  • This act is effective January 1, 2012 (Sec. 14).

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