Fast food restaurants paying above NH minimum wage to keep employees from working in Mass. – Eagle

PLAISTOW — The Five Guys Burgers and Fires franchise in Haverhill is slinging its signature burgers and fries with lots of local residents working the grills and behind the counter.

Prior to the restaurant’s opening on Plaistow Road in Haverhill, management had been fielding a flood of applications from Massachusetts workers currently working in New Hampshire, just a few hundred feet north.

They were coming back for a big reason — to qualify for the Bay State’s higher minimum wage.

The current disparity in the state minimum wages of New Hampshire and Massachusetts has risen in recent years, with minimum wage earners in Massachusetts making $11 an hour, far above New Hampshire’s minimum wage of $7.25, which matches the federal minimum wage under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

While Southern New Hampshire merchants benefit from the large influx of Massachusetts customers who cross the border to buy cheaper goods in the famously tax-free Granite State, they also employ many low-wage workers from Massachusetts

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