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Here’s a prime example of ‘a little regulation’ that sounds good, get’s passed and then begins to grow and Grow and GROW! To the cost of who? The small business owner – the tax payer – you and me!
Presidential candidate and Connecticut Democrat Senator Chris Dodd, who authored the original Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), has decided it should be expanded. Currently FMLA provides unpaid leave, but Senator Dodd has decided it should provide employees with at least six weeks of paid. Ted Stevens, a Republican from Alaska plans to con-sponsor the bill.
Dodd and Stevens intend to expand the number of individuals eligible for FMLA. Other than the loss of productivity and the cost of monitoring leave the current law has no direct cost to the employer. But watch out … whose going to PAY for that time off? Like I said: business, tax payers, you and me!
In announcing his intent Dodd referenced the ‘Work, Family and Equity Index’, and said, “this report validates what millions of working Americans already know – that the U.S. does not do nearly enough to ensure that our workers aren’t forced to choose between their family and their job. Now more than ever, millions of workers need to be able to take care of their young children and their aging parents. No worker should be penalized for caring for their family.”
What a bunch of food for the profanity filter. I’m a business owner and an employee of my business, and millions of others just like me must try to balance - work life with home life, along with spiritual life, social life, educational life, physical life and much more, every single day. Why don’t we just go ahead and legislate that a person can only play one round of golf per month and must do so in under 4 hours … because anymore would take too much time away from the family. Oh yeah, let’s slip in a limitation on the amount of television someone can watch because that’s also takes away from Family Time!
Since the good Senator has not officially proposed the legislation, who knows how such a system would actually work. We do know that Dodd proposes to fund the program through a shared-cost mechanism, involving the employer, the employee and the federal government. Restated, business, tax payers and you and me will pay for it! Although much about the proposed bill is unknown, one thing is for sure the cost of doing business, the cost of having employees, the cost of goods and services would INCREASE! Ah, but it’s for the good of the people, so says my government through added regulation for business and tax payer burden!
As is, most companies find it more cost effective to simply grant leave vs the cost of tracking eligible leave. But make it PAID leave, guess what business will then need to purchase and administer leave-tracking software – more cost to business to be passed on to the consumer! Oh yea, and employee may be required by the employer to get a second opinion, which the employer will be required to pay for. And the employer is simply going to DENY the leave any time possible. Why, because it now cost too much to be nice! Guess what else, because the employer can require an employee to take any available vacation or sick leave FIRST, its going to cause business savvy employers to replace their existing vacation and sick leave policies with a combined PTO.
How popular will this be when ops no family vacation this year, no trip to grandmas at Christmas?
How much will all of this cost business? Billions! Oh but wait a minute, business doesn’t pay for such things --- they pass these cost on to the consumer --- You and Me! The government who must now hire thousands to administer the regulation, oh they’ll just pass that on to the taxpayer – YOU AND ME!
Ah ---- regulation isn’t it grand! And aren’t the politicians so smart, we’ll start out with this little bit and then we can expand it! One should be careful what one wishes for! Why do so many people have their hands out saying give me, protect me, help me? Because they’ve forgotten how to think, how to act and how to work! How to exchange effort for reward! But that’s just my opinion what’s yours!
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