BIA voices opposition to paid family and medical leave
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The Business and Industry Association of New Hampshire has come out against legislative efforts to establish a state-mandated paid family and medical leave insurance program, while the fate of the governor’s plan for a voluntary program is uncertain.
The BIA – which sat on the sidelines for more than two years on the issue of paid family and medical leave – “couldn’t find our way around that this is a mandatory program,” testified David Juvet before the House Labor Committee during its hearing on Senate Bill 1, so numbered because it is the Senate Democratic majority’s legislative priority.
Instead, Juvet said that, while the organization is not yet endorsing the effort, it is looking at Gov. Chris Sununu’s proposal to allow businesses to join in whatever plan is developed along with the state of Vermont. The governors of the two states are hoping to negotiate with their state employees to set up a program that private businesses could join.