As flu season preparations are underway, the New Hampshire Legislature is considering a Paid Sick Days bill (HB 662-FN). New Hampshire state officials say that preventing the spread of flu is key to managing an outbreak. However, New Hampshire law has no provision for workers to take paid sick days.

In 2007, about 50% of all firms in NH did not offer paid sick days to full-time workers and about 80% of firms did not offer them to part-time workers, according to NH data compiled by Human Impact Partners.

This telephone briefing will provide information about the bill and its value for the health of NH’s working families, economy, and workplaces. New Hampshire data will be presented as evidence that guaranteed paid sick days could help reduce the transmission of communicable diseases including pandemic flu.

When: Wednesday, September 9, 1:30 p.m.

Where: Toll free conference call number: 1-800-895-0231; Provide Conference ID “NHPSD” when prompted.

Who: Nikki Murphy, Director, New Hampshire Women’s Lobby and Alliance Representative Mary Stuart Gile, prime sponsor of the Paid Sick Days bill Lili Farhang, epidemiologist and Board member of Human Impact Partners Representative Carla Skinder, nurse, Connecticut Valley Home Care Adult Day Services.