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Paid Family Leave Legislation Gains Momentum in New Hampshire


The New Hampshire House has approved a bill, HB 628, which, if it becomes law, would make New Hampshire one of a handful of states to require employers to give time off for family care. The plan allows workers to opt in to a fund for up to twelve weeks of leave.  But it has some hurdles, as opponents worry about cost and sustainability. 


  • Amanda Sears - Director of the Campaign for a Family Friendly Economy, a lobby group that advocates for working families in New Hampshire.
  • Mary Gile - Democratic representative from Merrimack, and the sponsor of HB 628.
  • Stephen Schmidt - Republican representative from Carroll, and chairman of the Labor Committee. 
  • Matt Trahan - Owner of Sap House Meadery in Center Ossippee. 
Related Reading:

"New Hampshire family leave plan praised at forum in Bow," from NHBR.

"Family Medical Leave Program Gets Upvote in N.H. House," from NHPR.

"NH House OKs family medical leave program," from NHBR. 

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