Employee Privacy: New Hampshire

This item is part of Employee Privacy.

The below content should be reviewed in conjunction with the in-depth federal coverage of this topic provided above.

Author: James P. Reidy, Sheehan Phinney Bass + Green PA and Beth P. Zoller, XpertHR Legal Editor


  • New Hampshire law recognizes and protects an individual's right to privacy. The New Hampshire Supreme Court has held that four distinct interests are protected under the general right to privacy. See Common Law Right to Privacy.
  • New Hampshire also has a statute that protects the right to privacy and shields individuals from unlawful surveillance. See Statutory Right to Privacy.
  • Employers may not monitor employee email and telephone communications without prior consent. See Wiretapping and Electronic Monitoring.
  • New Hampshire law limits who may receive copies of another person's criminal history. See Criminal History Inquiries.
  • New Hampshire law governs use of and access to employee personnel files. See Personnel Files.