ROOM REMARKETERS: The House Ways & Means Committee continues to discuss HB 1548, which would subject the full amount charged by room remarketers (like Travelocity, Airbnb, HomeAway, etc.) to the meals and rooms tax. These remarketers would become the licensed entity to collect and remit the tax due on rooms sold through their marketplaces. The trade association representing these room remarketers is lobbying against this bill. NHLRA urges members to email the House Ways & Means Committee at HouseWays&MeansCommittee@leg.state.nh.us and urge them to pass HB 1548 to ensure a level playing field between our industry and the online remarketers.
ALLOWING CITIES AND TOWNS TO LICENSE SHORT TERM RENTALS: On Tuesday, February 6 at 2:00 p.m. the House Commerce Committee will hear HB 1635, which would allow cities and towns to issue licenses for the operation of a short term rental.
LIMITING THE TYPES OF BEVERAGES OFFERED WITH A CHILDREN’S MEAL: On Wednesday, February 14 at 2:00 p.m. the House Commerce Committee will hear HB 1668, which would limit the beverages offered with a children’s meal to milk or a non-dairy milk alternative, 100 percent juice or fruit juice combined with water or carbonated water with no added caloric sweetness, water, sparkling water, or flavored water with no added natural or artificial sweeteners. NHLRA opposes this bill.
SEPARATE BATHROOMS FOR EACH SEX: On Wednesday, February 14 at 1:15 p.m. the House Commerce Committee will hear HB 1382, which would repeal the requirement that restaurants provide separate bathrooms for each gender.
REDUCING LABOR REGULATIONS: The Senate Executive Departments & Administration Committee has voted 4-1 to recommend that SB 465 be killed. The bill would reduce and eliminate many state labor regulations. The bill would: prohibit fines from being imposed if the general intent of the law was met; written documentation would not be required to meet the intent of the law and paperwork discrepancies would not be fined; working hour restrictions for 16 and 17 year olds would be eliminated; employees could buy company clothing; the need for employee signing/documenting when leaving before 2-hour minimum on their own, when correcting hours to be paid due to their clock in errors, or when receiving pay increases would be eliminated; no random audits of employers would be allowed; employers would be allowed to have mandatory tip-sharing policies; opportunity for unpaid internships would be expanded; reduce record keeping from 4 to 3 years; warnings before fines by providing employers 30 days to fix violations; fines for not posting labor laws in “conspicuous” place would be eliminated; and it would eliminate need for written safety plan. The full Senate will vote on the bill next Thursday, February 1.
ASSESSING THE TAXABLE VALUE OF BUSINESS PROPERTIES: On Wednesday, January 31 at 10:00 a.m. the Senate Public Affairs Committee will hear SB 509, which would allow selectmen or assessors to require an owner of business property to provide upon request of the assessing officials, the board of tax and land appeals, or the court, the income and expense information of the business to enable the municipality to determine the taxable value of the property.
14 DAYS ADVANCE NOTICE OF WORK SCHEDULE: On Tuesday, February 6 the Senate Commerce Committee will hear SB 422, which would require employers to give hourly paid employees at least 14-day notice of their work schedule in advance of any pay period.
WORKERS COMPENSATION: On Wednesday, January 31 the House Labor Committee will hear several bills that could increase the costs of workers compensation. At 10:00 the Committee will hear HB 1462, which would require employers who offer health and dental benefits to maintain that coverage for an employee who is out on workers compensation for 24 months or until the employee has returned to work, whichever is shorter. At 11:00 a.m. the Committee will hear HB 1508, which would increase the weekly benefits. At 1:00 p.m. the committee will hear HB 1711, which would require workers compensation carriers to pay for drug addiction services until full recovery for an employee who has become addicted to any medication used during the treatment of a work-related injury.
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