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.
I'm not opposed to paid leave for maternity use. But I also think that men and women who decide NOT to have children are then treated unfairly. Why should we get less time off because we're not procreating. I do NOT think employees should be paid for time off to take care of sick children. Again... not fair to employees without children.
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, while I believe that such payment is good, there is also a business side to it, there should be a limit on the number of these days you are paid on, and you should not be paid as much as you would in work if you are not performing at an acceptable capacity (such acceptable capacity determined by the company).
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.
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