Women in Action Forum
Interact with these amazing NH business leaders from the non-profit and private sectors to learn about their leadership path including their triumphs and challenges along the way.
Come meet our Wonderful Women :
Maureen Beauregard – President and Founder, Families in Transition
JerriAnne Boggis – Director, Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail
Tiffany Eddy – Principal, FocusFirst Communications
Linda Fanaras – President, Millennium Integrated Marketing
Margaret Franckhauser – CEO, Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice
Betsy Gardella – President and CEO, NHPR
Lisa Guertin – President, Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield NH
Amy LaBelle – Founder and Winemaker, LaBelle Winery
Sharron McCarthy—President and Publisher, McLean Communications
Dianne Mercier – President, NH People's United Bank
Cathy Schmidt – Executive Director and CEO, McLane Law Firm
Linda Johnson - Esquire, McLane Law Firm
MaryAnn Manoogian - Executive Director, Center for Women’s Business Advancement
Date: Thursday, March 26, 2015
Time: 5- 5:30 reception; 5:30 - 7:00 program
Location: Southern NH University, Robert Frost Hall, Walker Auditorium
Cost: Free but please register at http://cwbanh.com/women-in-action
Concord, NH – Today, the Senate struck down yet another attempt to increase the minimum wage in the state of New Hampshire. Currently, the State of New Hampshire follows the federal minimum wage and is set to accept federally approved increases. The state does not have its own minimum wage.
Senator Jeb Bradley, (R-Wolfeboro) released the following statement on SB 261 following today’s floor vote.
“Wages are increasing nationally and we are seeing the consumer marketplace taking care of itself without the need for mandated wage increases. Companies like Wal-Mart, TJ Maxx, Starbucks, Gap, Costco, Ben & Jerry’s, and Whole Foods have already taken the steps to pay their employees an increased wage – which is being driven by market pressure and is the right thing to do,” said Senator Jeb Bradley (R-Wolfeboro).
“It is reasonable to believe that employers compensate workers to the best of their businesses’ ability. We know that mandating pay increases in New Hampshire would have a dangerous impact on the number of jobs many employers are able to create,” Bradley added.
“At a time when we are making significant strides to lower business taxes to strengthen our state’s low tax advantage, stimulate job growth and attract new businesses to New Hampshire. Implementing a minimum wage increase is the wrong solution. Let’s focus our energy on what we can do help employers, not burden them with additional mandates.”
CONCORD – House Republican Whip Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack) offered the following statement on the defeat of several anti-business bills before the House.
HB365 - prohibiting an employer from using credit history in employment decisions. (Failed by a vote of 200-142)
HB496 - prohibiting public employers from using criminal history in employment decisions. (Laid on the Table)
House Republican Whip Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack)
“Employers in New Hampshire should be able to use these criteria when reviewing qualifications of employees, if they see fit. A prohibition on using these important measures in reviewing the qualifications of job applicants would take a valuable tool away from employers and open the door for costly litigation.”
HB392 - relative to the minimum hourly wage. (Failed by a voice vote)
HB600 - relative to paid sick leave for employees. (Failed by a vote of 219-122)
HB684 – establishing a state minimum hourly rate. (Failed by a vote of 198-145)
House Republican Whip Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack)
“These proposals have the potential to negatively affect our job climate in New Hampshire and could threaten the viability of many small and medium sized businesses especially in the hospitality industry, which many workers in our state depend on. The New Hampshire business community is compassionate and more than capable of making reasonable decisions that best suits the needs of their employees and the viability of their businesses. They know what it takes to attract and retain employees.”
CONCORD – New Hampshire House Majority Leader Jack Flanagan (R-Brookline) offered the following comments relative to the announcement that the unemployment tax rate for employers will be lowered by 1%, saving New Hampshire businesses millions.
House Republican Leader Jack Flanagan (R-Brookline)
“This is great news for New Hampshire’s job creators. As we know, New Hampshire has some of the highest corporate tax rates in the nation. Any reduction to the cost of doing business and creating jobs will help our business community.”
”As part of our legislative agenda, House Republicans will continue to search for reasonable ways to reduce our business taxes and burdensome regulations to help retain existing businesses and help them grow, attract new businesses, and help our private sector create new and better paying jobs.”