Campaign for a Family Friendly Economy


House Labor Committee acknowledges the Governor and public's support for paid leave, citing a need for further time for in-depth consideration


CONCORD – The Campaign for a Family Friendly Economy reiterated the overwhelming support for paid leave among Granite Staters as the House Labor, Industrial and Rehabilitative Services Committee today voted to retain House Bill 628 for further consideration later this year.

Following testimony last week from advocates, health care providers, and business leaders on the importance of family and medical leave insurance to sustaining New Hampshire's economy, the committee voted today in an executive session to retain the paid family and medical leave insurance legislation, halting its progression to the House Floor with no recommendation for or against passage.

"The overwhelming public support for paid family and medical leave insurance endures," said Amanda Sears, Director of the Campaign for a Family Friendly Economy. "Today's vote reflects the limited amount of time between last week's public testimony and today's executive session for the committee to consider the establishment of a new employee-funded insurance program, and on behalf of our 23,000 members we will continue to advocate for the consideration and passage of HB 628."

Committee members expressed their desire for further time to consider the legislation and recognized that both Governor Sununu and over 80 percent of New Hampshire residents support the establishment of a paid family and medical leave insurance program.

HB 628 will establish an employee-funded family and medical leave insurance program, providing up to 12 weeks per year of partial wage replacement for time to care for a family or personal medical emergency, or the birth or adoption of a new child. Family and medical leave insurance draws majority support from Republicans, Independents, and Democrats, and is sponsored by lawmakers from both parties.

By a vote of 20-1, the committee opted to retain the bipartisan bill, which it will formally consider again in November 2017.

CONTACT: Alex DiLalla