Senator Becky Whitley Introduces SB 67 to Senate Commerce Committee
Contact Name: Marina Altschiller
Phone: (603) 271-3207
CONCORD – Today, Senator Becky Whitley (D-Hopkinton) introduced SB 67 to the Senate Commerce Committee, a bill to establish paid sick leave in New Hampshire.
After the hearing, prime sponsor Senator Becky Whitley (D-Hopkinton) issued the following statement:
“When you’re sick, you shouldn’t be forced to go to work. It’s bad for you, your co-workers, and your employer. Here in New Hampshire, at least 1 in 3 private sector workers and 70% of our state’s lowest wage workers don’t have paid sick days to care for their own health, or the health of their families. For these workers, the decision to take time off to recover from illness or to care for a sick child or family member is a choice between their health and their financial security. This basic support is especially important now, as we face a public health and economic crisis that has heightened caregiver needs and heightened financial insecurity for working families. By increasing worker productivity, decreasing employee turnover, and reducing the spread of sickness in the workplace, SB 67 is an important workforce initiative to help us build a strong, future-focused economy here in Granite State, and will diminish private and public healthcare costs in NH.”