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NH Gets a 'D' in Helping Parents in the Workplace

PHOTO: New Hampshire gets a D in a report analyzing how each state supports – or doesn’t support – new parents in terms of leave time and job protection. The study’s release was timed for the White House Summit on Working Families. Photo credit: National Partnership for Women and Families.
PHOTO: New Hampshire gets a D in a report analyzing how each state supports – or doesn’t support – new parents in terms of leave time and job protection. The study’s release was timed for the White House Summit on Working Families. Photo credit: National Partnership for Women and Families.
June 23, 2014

CONCORD, N.H. – New Hampshire gets a D in a report analyzing how each state supports – or doesn't support – new parents in terms of such things as leave time and job protection.

Vicki Shabo, one of the report's authors, says the Granite State ranks near the bottom when it comes to improving on basic federal standards for protecting parents in the workplace.

The unfortunate thing she says is New Hampshire has plenty of other company with 31 states that rank near rock bottom.

"New Hampshire gets a D, but offers pregnancy disability leave to women in the private sector, and it also offers better protection for state employees,” she points out. “That's the only way New Hampshire really improves on federal law – which leaves millions of workers out."

The report, from the National Partnership for Women and Families, is titled "Expecting Better: A State-by-State Analysis of Laws That Help New Parents."

It is released to coincide with today's White House Summit on Working Families.

Shabo says some discouraging grades were handed out nationwide.

"The state with the highest grade is California, which received an A minus,” she says. “But a striking 17 states receive an F.

“They do nothing at all beyond what federal law provides to help new and expecting parents. Thirty-one states in total get a grade of D or F."

Still, Shabo says she finds reason for optimism in the report.

"Since our last report, we've seen a number of states take action to support new and expecting parents,” she says. “So there is progress on the horizon."

The group's previous report was in 2012.


Mike Clifford, Public News Service - NH