Paid family and medical leave helps workers manage their work and family responsibilities by allowing them to take extended time away from work while receiving some wage replacement and without the threat of being fired. Although New Hampshire currently does not have a paid family and medical leave law or program, these policies are gaining momentum across the United States. In this brief, author Kristin Smith discusses the results of a winter 2016 Granite State Poll in which New Hampshire residents were asked if they would support or oppose a paid family and medical leave law in New Hampshire providing paid leave from work for personal or family reasons. Eighty-two percent of New Hampshire residents, including nearly nine in ten women and three in four men, said they support paid family and medical leave insurance. All groups of men support paid family and medical leave, but men who are married, employed, have higher education levels, or live in higher-income families are the least supportive relative to comparable women. Among employed respondents, 69 percent said they would be willing to pay $5 per week into a paid family and medical leave insurance program.

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Summer 8-31-2016


National Issue Brief No. 103


Durham, N.H. : Carsey School of Public Policy, University of New Hampshire

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