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New Hampshire

On June 28, 2021, Governor Sununu signed the Granite State Paid Family Leave Act into law.

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Granite State Paid Family Leave Act 

What is the Update?

The Department of Administrative Services (DAS) is currently in the process of establishing rules including setting up the Family and Medical Leave Insurance (FMLI) premium fund which will house contributions to the program. New Hampshire has targeted the program to begin January 1, 2023. Some facts we are aware of currently are:

  • The law provides cost-free paid family leave benefits to New Hampshire government employees.
  • All other employers may opt in on a voluntary basis if they have more than 50 employees. 
  • Employees whose employers choose not to opt in may opt into the individual pool the program plans to offer and will pay a weekly contribution.
  • The maximum duration of FMLI benefits will be six weeks per year. The law allows for the DAS to implement a one-week waiting or elimination period, and eligible employees will receive 60% of their average weekly wage
  • Average Weekly Wage (AWW) during FMLI leave – wages used to determine the AWW will be capped at the social security taxable wage maximum.
  • Employees may take leave to care for a family member with a serious health condition, to bond with a new child, for qualifying military exigencies, and to care for a service member with a serious injury or illness. 
  • Leave for an employee’s own serious health condition is only available if the employee’s injury or illness is not work-related, the employee has opted into the program, and the employer does not have a short term disability program.    

Handbook/Policy Updates

More information to follow soon.  

Notice Requirements

More information to follow soon.  

Larkin Action

We will keep our clients informed of any new information, so they can consider whether they wish to participate in the program, for example.

Further Company Considerations 

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Updated: 12/10/21