CHILDREN AND FAMILIES

Family Medical Leave Act Passes NH House

The NH House of Representatives voted this week to pass the Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program, HB 628.

The program will help NH workers fulfill both their work and family responsibilities and is "a win for all citizens in New Hampshire, " according to House Democratic Leader Steve Shurtleff, (D-Penacook).

“The legislation creates an insurance program funded through employee contributions of .5%, approximately $5.00 per week per employee. Employers would not be required to contribute to the program. Included in the legislation is an opt-out option for those workers who do not wish to participate.”

“One of our goals as New Hampshire legislators should be to attract and retain young families to New Hampshire. HB 628 is one method of making NH family friendly.”

HB 628 now heads to the House Commerce Committee.