CONCORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE – Today, House Republicans blocked House Bill 590, legislation that would ensure access to paid sick time for New Hampshire workers. After the vote, Representative Mary Jane Wallner (D-Concord) released the following statement:
“Granite Staters have overwhelmingly supported programs that expand access to paid sick time and paid family and medical leave for years. House Bill 590 would ensure that all workers in the state have access to paid sick days. We have known for a while, and the pandemic has made even clearer, that it is beneficial for everyone if sick employees stay home.
While access to paid sick and safe days reduces employee turnover and protects the income and jobs of survivors of domestic violence, we know that over thirty percent of the workforce in New Hampshire lack access to even a single paid sick day. Increasing access to paid sick days has wide, bipartisan support among the people of this state and it is a shame that the Republican House decided to act against the will of our constituents today.”