Winning Workplaces: Pathways to Paid Family & Medical Leave Insurance

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September 21, 2016
8am – 2:30pm
Radisson Hotel, Manchester

The New Hampshire workforce today includes many workers who struggle to manage family caregiving and work responsibilities. When a serious illness strikes or a new baby joins a family many working people must choose between losing wages and caring for themselves or a loved one because they lack access to paid family and medical leave.

Several states have met this challenge through paid family and medical leave insurance programs – we’ve been working with partners to answer key questions about what that could look like in NH.

Join a discussion to learn more about these programs, who could be covered, how much it would cost, and how a paid family and medical leave insurance program could help NH’s workers and employers.

In cooperation with: the Carsey School of Public Policy at the University of New Hampshire, New Hampshire Employment Security, the NH Legislative Task Force on Work and Family, MomsRising, and the Campaign for a Family Friendly Economy. Research was funded by a grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Women’s Bureau.

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Meet our featured presenters.

Agenda – 8:00 – 9:00       REGISTRATION

9:00-9:05              Introduction
Cotton Cleveland, New Hampshire Women’s Foundation

9:05 – 9:30           Paid Family and Medical Leave in New Hampshire: The Latest Research
Dr. Kristin Smith, Family Demographer at the Carsey School of Public Policy, UNH
Introduction by The Honorable Mary Stuart Gile


9:30 – 10:15        Conversation with NH Business Leaders
Moderated by Michelle Veasey, Executive Director NHBSR
Katie Schwerin, COO, W.S. Badger
Mike L’Ecuyer, President and CEO, Bellwether Credit Union
Eliana McCarthy, Human Resources Specialist, Wire Belt Company of America
Jeff Baker, President and CEO, Image 4


10:30 – 11:15      By the Numbers: Model Simulation of Paid Family and Medical Leave Insurance
Dr. Kristin Smith, Family Demographer at the Carsey School of Public Policy, UNH

  • What might paid family and medical leave insurance look like?
  • What are possible funding options?
  • Who pays? Who benefits?

11:15– 12:00       What Pathways Have Other States Taken?
Panel Discussion with leaders from other states

Gayle Goldin, Rhode Island State Senator and FMLI Campaign Advisor, Family Values @ Work
Randy Albelda, Professor of Economics at University of Massachusetts, Boston
Introduction by Amanda Sears, Director of the Campaign for a Family Friendly Economy

 12:00-12:10         Core Aspects of a NH Plan: Interactive Group Discussion 

Moderated by Christina D’Allesandro, NH State Director for MomsRising


12:15 – 12:45      Lunch


12:45 – 1:15        Lunch Keynote with Joe Keefe, President and CEO Pax World Funds
Introduction by George Copadis, Commissioner of New Hampshire Employment Security

1:15 – 1:30           Report out on Interactive Discussion

1:30 – 2:15           Hear from the Workers: How and Why Paid Leave is Really Needed
Moderated by Matt Mowry, Business NH Magazine

2:15 – 2:30           Wrap Up and Next Steps


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  1. Lindsey Williams says:

    Is childcare available?

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    Are there scholarships available for the event?

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