Several major U.S. companies including Netflix, Chipotle and Microsoft recently began offering their employees paid sick and maternity leave. The U.S. is currently the only industrialized country that doesn’t require companies to provide sick leave to their employees. 35% of American workers do not receive any type of paid sick leave.
The lack of paid leave in general is a system that only begets inefficiency cycle after cycle. In some countries, men and women will have up to a year or two of government or privately sponsored sick, and more importantly paternity/maternity leave. This is because other countries know that to properly raise a child, one must really be around all the time in the early years, if possible. I believe the lack of time spent in raising a child can be reflected in the sad state of affairs in this country. People grow up less ready for this world, and ultimately less connected to it because they didn't have their father around a lot as a kid, who was constantly working late to give me and my sister a better life. And in that regard, I advocate family leave in general.
Yes, but ONLY for maternity leave, medical leave, illness, sick family member, or death in the family. The employee MUST have proof of it with a doctor's note and documents. Workers need to STOP taking advantage of these programs and STOP abusing the system. The government should NOT sponsor these programs.
Yes, businesses should offer a yearly 2 week minimum for paid sick leave, and a yearly 12 week minimum for paid parental leave, and the worker can choose to take part of the leave if they deem it needed. If unused, the leave time will accumulate
Yes, but only for maternity leave, medical leave, illness, sick family member, or death in the family. The employee must have proof of it with a doctor's note. Workers need to STOP taking advantage of these programs and STOP abusing the system.
Businesses can not afford to pay people to not work, then pay another person to do the job of the person that is off. People should either be responsible for saving and managing their time off or such things should be covered by an insurance program.
Yes and no. A change in welfare systems to a Universal Basic Income System can socialize some of the cost of lost wages. The remaining costs that would bridge the gap between that amount and the salary fo the employee should be decided upon by the company based on the size and income of the company. Paid leave should be mandatory with a reasonable cap given the above.
No, though I support providing sick leave, it should not be mandated by the government. Some jobs aren't structured for offering sick leave, and employees should know if the job offers paid sick leave when they apply for the job.
Businesses grant employees an annual amount of sick leave in addition to annual paid time off. If employees need to use leave for their own illness, birth of a child, or a sick family member, the would use their annual PTO first, then use the sick leave, then the company would place the employee on unpaid time off. Also, other employees would be able to donate their sick leave.
Yes, but this should not be fully subsidized by the government and employees/employers should be ok the hook for portions of it through a payroll tax. It is vitally important to the development of our next generations to give them the opportunity to bond with their parents.
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