Employment Contract Restrictions on Physicians

On June 6, 2016, New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan signed legislation (S.B. 417) concerning employment contract restrictions on physicians. The bill prohibits certain geographic area restrictions in partnership, employment, or other professional relation contracts for physicians licensed by the board of medicine.

The bill provides that any contract or agreement which creates or establishes the terms of a partnership, employment, or any other form of professional relationship with a physician licensed by the board to practice in this state, which includes any restriction to the right of such physician to also practice medicine in any geographic area for any period of time after the termination of such partnership, employment, or professional relationship will be void and unenforceable with respect to said restriction. However, nothing in the bill voids any of the remaining provisions of such contract or agreement.

The new contracts or renewals of contracts entered into on or after August 5, 2016.

Read NH S.B. 417

Retaliation for Requesting Flexible Work Schedule

On June 3, 2016, New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan signed legislation (S.B. 416) that prohibits an employer from retaliating against an employee who requests a flexible work schedule. The law does not require any employer to accommodate a flexible work schedule, nor does it create a cause of action for failure to provide a flexible work schedule at an employee’s request.

The law goes into effect on September 1, 2016.

Read NH S.B. 416