At some point, nearly everyone needs to take time away from work to deal with a serious personal or family illness, or to care for a new child. But too often, working people are forced to lose the income they depend on to make ends meet in order to provide care for themselves or a family member. This loss of income not only hurts our economy—it also leads to many working people leaving our workforce altogether.
House Bill 628 is currently before lawmakers and would establish a family and medical leave insurance program in New Hampshire. Funded through employee payroll deductions of about $5 a week, the program would provide workers with up to 12 weeks a year of leave with partial, temporary wage replacement when they need to take time out to care for themselves or a family member.
Here are the facts:
- Paid leave helps keep aging workers in the workforce, increases the odds of success for workers recovering from substance abuse, and leads to higher workforce participation among new parents
- Only one-third of New Hampshire’s workers currently have access to paid family and medical leave, leaving the majority of Granite Staters without the security of knowing they can earn a living and care for an ill or newborn family member
- More than 80% of New Hampshire residents support paid leave, including majorities of Republicans, Independents, and Democrats
- 69% of Granite Staters would be willing to pay $5 per week to fund a family and medical leave insurance program
“I firmly believe that family and medical leave insurance would help attract and retain higher quality employees in New Hampshire. This type of insurance would be a huge benefit to my employees and my business. I’ve lost employees who simply couldn’t afford to take unpaid time off to care for themselves or a sick family member. Having family and medical leave insurance would help workers take the time they need to get well, reduce staff turnover and increase worker productivity.”
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