Legislation in New Hampshire

New Hampshire workers need public policies that allow them to better manage the dual demands of work and family. Family friendly workplace laws help workers maintain their economic security when they give birth, adopt, raise children or grandchildren, deal with illness, and care for parents, grandparents, spouses or partners.

For a more detailed analysis on family friendly workplace policies in New Hampshire and how the state compares to other states, see the National Partnership’s Expecting Better report.

Working Families by the Numbers

  • 358,908 New Hampshire women are in the labor force, making up 48 percent of the state workforce.1
  • 14,643 New Hampshirites gave birth between 2015 and 2016.2
  • In 75 percent of New Hampshire households with children, all parents work (186,279 households).3
  • 21,852 New Hampshire grandparents live with grandchildren who are under 18.4
  • 173,000 New Hampshirites serve as family caregivers.5
  • 202,223 New Hampshire workers (38.9 percent of the private sector workforce) cannot earn a single paid sick day.6
  • Just 42.4 percent of working adults in New Hampshire are estimated to be eligible for and able to afford to take unpaid leave under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).7

Statutes

Pregnancy Leave

New Hampshire
State: New Hampshire
Subject: Job-Protected Leave, Pregnancy Disability Leave, Family and Medical Leave
Statute/Code Cite: N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. Sec. 354-A, et seq
Summary:

Women workers in New Hampshire have greater access to pregnancy disability leave under state law than under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). The New Hampshire law applies to businesses with six or more employees and covers all women workers regardless of tenure and number of hours worked. The law provides workers with a job-protected medical leave of unspecified length for "pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions."

Paid Family Leave Study

New Hampshire
State: New Hampshire
Subject: Paid Family Leave, Other
Summary:

Establishes a Family Leave Insurance Program Study Commission to study a state paid family leave insurance program that would be contingent on the availability of federal funds and be supported by a payroll deduction or other revenue source. Authorizes study commission to seek funds for an actuarial study. Effective immediately.

Equal Pay

New Hampshire
State: New Hampshire
Subject: Fair Pay
Statute/Code Cite: N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. Sec. 270:40
Summary:

An employer who violates New Hampshire’s equal pay law is guilty of a misdemeanor.

Bills

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  1. 1 U.S. Census Bureau. (2017). American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates 2015, Geographies: All States within United States and Puerto Rico, Table DP03: Selected Economic Characteristics. Retrieved 6 October 2017, from https://factfinder.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=ACS_16_1YR_DP03&prodType=table
  2. 2 U.S. Census Bureau. (2017). American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates 2015, Geographies: All States within United States and Puerto Rico, Table DP02: Selected Economic Characteristics. Retrieved 6 October 2017, from https://factfinder.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=ACS_16_1YR_DP02&prodType=table
  3. 3 See note 1.
  4. 4 See note 2.
  5. 5 Reinhard, S.C., Feinberg, L.F., Choula, R. & Houser, A. (2015, July). Valuing the Invaluable: 2015 Update. AARP Public Policy Institute Publication. Retrieved 6 October 2017, from http://www.aarp.org/content/dam/aarp/ppi/2015/valuing-the-invaluable-2015-update-new.pdf
  6. 6 Institute for Women’s Policy Research & National Partnership for Women & Families. (2015, May). Workers’ Access to Paid Sick Days in the States. Table 2. Retrieved 6 October 2017, from http://www.nationalpartnership.org/research-library/work-family/psd/workers-access-to-paid-sick-days-in-the-states.pdf
  7. 7 diversitydatakids.org. (2015). Working Adults Who Are Eligible For and Can Afford FMLA Unpaid Leave (Share). Brandeis University, The Heller School, Institute for Child, Youth and Family Policy Publication. Retrieved 6 October 2017, from http://www.diversitydatakids.org/data/ranking/529/working-adults-who-are-eligible-for-and-can-afford-fmla-unpaid-leave-share/#loct=2&cat=44,25&tf=17

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