From the \”Help me, I\’m becoming a Republican!!!\” department…
The gist of this legislation is that mandate employers offer employees 6 weeks of paid leave to care for newborns or sick relatives.
The liberal side of me initially thought, \”Good, it\’s about time that it was mandated that men could get time off to care for newborns…not just the mothers\”. But then I read that the way this will be paid for is a payroll deduction (read: tax).
So what this is telling me is that I\’m paying for someone else to take care of their child or relative. Wouldn\’t a better solution be to mandate employers to offer a reasonable amount of paid time off (4-6 weeks) for all employees, and the onus is on the employee to use that time wisely.
You can take that vacation to Mexico… or save that time for family leave.
So maybe that\’s only half-Republican since I\’m advocating for more vacation time. Either way, it will be interesting to see how the ideas of (and legislation for) Family Leave will play out across the US.