Oct 31, 2016 2:17 PM

Ayotte, Hassan discuss family-friendly workplaces

The Associated Press

MANCHESTER (AP) — Both of New Hampshire's U.S. Senate candidates say they support expanding family and medical leave for workers, though Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte wants to leave it up to states while Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan wants a federal law guaranteeing it.

The two spoke separately Monday at a forum organized by the Campaign for a Family Friendly Economy, where they were asked about family leave, affordable child care and other issues affecting working parents.

Hassan said paid family and medical leave should be available to all workers, but declined to endorse a proposal to have workers pay $1.50 per week into a paid leave insurance program.

Ayotte doesn't support that idea either, saying she'd rather see the federal government provide incentives to states to design their own guaranteed family leave programs.

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