The United States is one of few countries in the world that doesn't guarantee paid family leave for workers. Four states have voted to adopt their own family leave policies in recent years, and Representative Mary Gile of Concord has been working to put New Hampshire on that list.
Gile has been working toward paid leave legislation for sixteen years in the New Hampshire State House. And 2017 will be no different. She has, once again, filed a bill mandating paid family and medical leave insurance for employees. Gile says this kind of legislation is long overdue in the U.S..
"Major national business associations all push back," Gile says, "because they feel it's going to ruin business. But it hasn't. It hasn't in the states that have paid family leave, and it certainly hasn't in the countries that already have paid family leave."
While similar proposals have failed in the New Hampshire legislature in recent years - mostly along partisan lines - Gile feels that this session is ripe for a yea vote.