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NH-Vt. Leave Plan Faces Criticism, Counterproposals (Corrected)

Jan. 31, 2019, 9:09 PMUpdated: Feb. 1, 2019, 8:11 PM

A first-in-the-nation joint two-state plan to offer paid family and medical leave to public employees may be in jeopardy, only weeks after two New England governors unveiled it.

The Republican governors of New Hampshire and Vermont proposed a joint paid family and medical insurance program Jan. 16 to cover 18,500 public employees. The plan would allow private employers and employees to buy in.

The Twin State Voluntary Leave Plan is believed to be the first such two-state paid family and medical leave plan in the country, said Benjamin Vihstadt, spokesman for New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu. Joining the employment ...