New Hampshire

Be in the Know: New Rules on Leave

New Hampshire has enacted the Granite State Paid Family Leave Act, with a target program start-up date of January 1, 2023. The program provides paid family leave benefits for qualifying leaves to state government employees. Other public and private employers with more than 50 employees have the ability to opt in to the plan on a voluntary basis.

Coverage and cost

Learn more about your state rules and eligibility.

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Covered employers

  • New Hampshire State government employees — Coverage has been purchased and is provided by the State.
  • All other employers and employees — This coverage is not mandatory and these groups may choose to opt into the state-sponsored plan if they desire.

Coverage options

  • Private employers and non-state public employers may choose to provide this coverage; however, they are not mandated to provide coverage.
  • Employees working for an employer that does not provide coverage may purchase coverage on their own.
  • For more information on how to enroll for coverage please go to the NH Paid Family & Medical Leave web page: Home | NH Paid Family Medical Leave.


Employers have the option to split the cost with employees, fully fund the program or have employees pay the full cost of the program.

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Leave reasons (Granite State Paid Family Leave Plan):

  • Birth, adoption, foster care placement
  • Caring for spouse, child or parent with serious health condition
  • Family military exigency

Individual Voluntary Coverage Leave reasons include the leave noted above but also includes medical leave if their employer does not offer short term disability insurance.

Job protection

May provide job protection consistent with the job restoration provisions of the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)


Maximum annual leave duration: 6 weeks

Pay during leave: 60% of employee’s average weekly wage (AWW) capped at the Social Security wage base.

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Timeline and key dates

  • June 25, 2021: Law signed by the Governor
  • July 1, 2021: Law effective date, unless otherwise specified by the law
  • March 31, 2022: State issues RFI/RFP
  • January 1, 2023: Coverage begins and benefits payable
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Need more information?

Read more about New Hampshire’s program below.

Paid Family Medical Leave information will be updated once additional details of the program are available

Have questions?

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