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    Re: Should All Companies be Required to Provide Paid Maternity Leave?

    Quote Originally Posted by molten_dragon View Post
    I'd prefer to cut other parts of the budget to make room for it, but I'd be okay with raising taxes slightly to cover it if necessary. I believe it's beneficial enough to justify it.
    How about if people want kids, they use their own money to pay for it? How about one parent gives up their career to stay at home with the kid?

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    Re: Should All Companies be Required to Provide Paid Maternity Leave?

    Quote Originally Posted by The Man View Post
    How about if people want kids, they use their own money to pay for it?
    Or, conversely, we could recognize that having children is a basic part of human existence, and do what we can to encourage people to be good parents.

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    How about one parent gives up their career to stay at home with the kid?
    It would be great if that were a viable financial option for most people. But it isn't.
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    Should All Companies be Required to Provide Paid Maternity Leave?

    Quote Originally Posted by molten_dragon View Post
    Or, conversely, we could recognize that having children is a basic part of human existence, and do what we can to encourage people to be good parents.
    Encourage them to be good parents? Sure, absolutely. Mandate that others pay for their kids? That's not encouraging them to be good parents.



    It would be great if that were a viable financial option for most people. But it isn't.
    Well if we want to talk about good family values, a parent forgoing their career to stay at home and raise the child is a must. A parent simply taking off a bunch of weeks, whether paid or not, and then dumping the kid off on someone else so they can go back to their career is not good family values. Most couples could raise children with only one parent working, they're just unwilling to make the sacrifices to do so.
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    Re: Should All Companies be Required to Provide Paid Maternity Leave?

    Quote Originally Posted by SocialDemocrat View Post
    You're implying that all workers have low skills or no skills, and even for those that are in that category, that this makes them undeserving of economic stability. If a venture capitalist wants to take huge risks to attempt to become one of the powerful few, that's their choice, but just because he/she has chosen that career, it doesn't mean they should have a right to control the lives of those who are simply trying to live their lives in economic stability.
    It makes the worker deserving of the pay his skill and negotiating power can earn him. It does not mean his pay should be tied to the pay of the person taking all the risk or providing the skill and brainpower that makes the company profitable. And no company is controlling the lives of anyone. They are free to quit and start their own business any time they want.



    The individual does not simply have the ability to create economic stability. They can be as "responsible for themselves" as possible, but that doesn't mean the state of the economy isn't going to screw them over.
    They can create their own personal economic stability and guess what nothing can or should be a guarantee. That is why in the constitution it says pursuit of happiness and not just happiness



    As I've stated in earlier posts, a worker will be more pleased with a company that provides them with paid leave, and a happy worker creates a productive worker.
    Than that should be the companies decision if they want to provide it or not. It is not the governments job to tell businesses how to increase productivity

    As I've stated in earlier posts, a worker will be more pleased with a company that provides them with paid leave, and a happy worker creates a productive worker. And firstly, I'm not a liberal, and I fail to understand the obsession of pretty much every conservative or libertarian here to include that word in their posts as though it's inherently an evil ideology. And secondly, it's not "do whatever you want and someone else pays for it." That not only shows a lack of understanding of liberalism, but of the entire left as a whole.
    than it should be up to the company if they want to provide maternity leave. It is not the governments job to tell a company how to increase productivity.
    And it most definitely letting people do what ever they want (having a baby) and making someone else ( the company) pay for it while that employ is at home providing nothing to the company.

    The basic idea here is that the current state of income inequality is totally unacceptable and something needs to be done about it. But no matter how many efforts at redistribution are enacted, minus the total abolition of capitalism, which I do not support, the rich will always still be in some fashion ahead of the poor. There's some illusion here that the left props up the poor and persecutes the rich with the goal of reversing the roles; that is simply not true. And paid parental leave, along with the other things I support as rights, or whatever you want, as you like to call it, is the basic needs necessary for life. It's not about rewarding the lazy and punishing the successful; quite the opposite.
    It is about rewarding the lazy (those who want to get paid while doing no work) and punishing the rich by making them pay an employee who is not doing his job. What else can you call it. And paid maternity leave is not a need necessary for life. People have got along just fine for hundreds of years without it. You just want more for doing less. Call it whatever you want but that is the truth of it.

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    Re: Should All Companies be Required to Provide Paid Maternity Leave?

    Quote Originally Posted by braindrain View Post
    It is about rewarding the lazy (those who want to get paid while doing no work) and punishing the rich by making them pay an employee who is not doing his job. What else can you call it. And paid maternity leave is not a need necessary for life. People have got along just fine for hundreds of years without it. You just want more for doing less. Call it whatever you want but that is the truth of it.
    Correct!

    This proposal is nothing more than a new entitlement dreamed up by Obama and his liberal/progressive/Democrat buddies. But the really nasty thing about this proposal is that they want to shove the cost onto the backs of employers. Obama and his ilk don't even have the balls to try to make this a government-run and funded entitlement.
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    Re: Should All Companies be Required to Provide Paid Maternity Leave?

    Quote Originally Posted by Soupnazi630 View Post
    Especially no ones.

    Their rights are no more or less than the rights of anyone who might employ one.
    I'd rather show respect to the life-giving citizens of our planet. A little paid time off from work seems to be a tiny repayment for what all they had to and will have to go through.
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    Re: Should All Companies be Required to Provide Paid Maternity Leave?

    Quote Originally Posted by Phys251 View Post
    I'd rather show respect to the life-giving citizens of our planet. A little paid time off from work seems to be a tiny repayment for what all they had to and will have to go through.
    Fine.

    Then make Congress create this new entitlement. Make the government pay for and run this feel-good program. Make them raise taxes to cover the cost. And make Obama spend what minuscule amount of political capital he has left to ram this down the people's throat.
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    Re: Should All Companies be Required to Provide Paid Maternity Leave?

    Quote Originally Posted by SocialDemocrat View Post
    Not exactly, because that's not exactly the kind of reform I would favor. As far as wage inequality, worker-employee relationships, etc., I would favor a doubling of the minimum wage (somewhere between $14-16, adjusted for inflation, would be preferable), the establishment of a maximum wage of 1 to 20, similar to the 1-12 initiative in Switzerland, and this kind of legislation to encourage employee ownership.
    Ok, thanks for sharing, but these proposals because of their complexity would be better for another thread so as not to derail.

    So you essentially believe the right of corporations and businesses to bring in profits outweighs the right of parents to have sufficient ability to raise their child without large economic strains?
    It's not that one of those rights outweighs the other. It's that one exists and the other (the latter) does not. Children have a right to be provided for, but parents do not have the right to be given the means to provide for their own children.

    I'm not saying parental leave would reduce discrimination between genders. I'm saying it would not create discrimination where maternity leave exclusively has the potential to. And the unpaid leave currently in place here already places some disadvantages towards businesses, albeit they are minor ones, so would you support repealing unpaid leave on that basis that discrimination could occur under those circumstances? In addition, anyone between the age of 18 and 45 has the potential to be having a child. I don't think a company is going to be able to tell conclusively who is going to have a child while working for them.

    I personally favor the Swedish model: 16 months each for the mother and the father. The proposal in congress guarantees 12 weeks.
    Your question (about repealing laws providing for unpaid maternity leave) is difficult, and particularly because it has already been in place. I don't know that I would advocate its repeal per se because there are much bigger fish to fry concerning employee benefits (mostly related to health insurance). Philosophically I would only agree to mandate that employers disclose upon hire the specific conditions of personnel policies relating to things like this. If the company decides you are guaranteed nothing after taking a couple weeks off to give birth, then that's their right but it should be clearly communicated so that a fertile 25-year old can think carefully about taking that job as well as think carefully about whether to get pregnant if she or he wants to keep that job long-term. Only mandate people receive full information so that they can make informed decisions about such important things as family and career.

    I believe (and this is consistent with my personal experience) that some companies are financially prudent to voluntarily offer family-friendly policies because they want stable employees. Unstable and flighty employees and high turnover have big costs for some employers. It takes time and money and lost productivity to be continuously teaching new people how to do their jobs, and when you get a young family in a job, they are not going to quit on a whim and they are going to do whatever necessary to do a good job because they want to set down roots and provide for their families. That has value to employers and so it should be up to them to recognize that and offer compensation accordingly. It should not be up to a federal government to blanket the nation in that sort of policy, mandating it everywhere all of the time when it only makes sense some places some of the time.

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    Re: Should All Companies be Required to Provide Paid Maternity Leave?

    Quote Originally Posted by Phys251 View Post
    I'd rather show respect to the life-giving citizens of our planet. A little paid time off from work seems to be a tiny repayment for what all they had to and will have to go through.
    Nothing wrong with YOU showing such respect. In fact there is nothing wrong with anyone showing respect.

    Respect cannot be mandated by law however. We were discussing rights not respect and eve the rights of mothers is no greater than the rights of anyone else including their employers.

    If you wish to repay them then repay them as you see fit but do not force others to do the same.

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    Re: Should All Companies be Required to Provide Paid Maternity Leave?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mycroft View Post
    Fine.

    Then make Congress create this new entitlement. Make the government pay for and run this feel-good program. Make them raise taxes to cover the cost. And make Obama spend what minuscule amount of political capital he has left to ram this down the people's throat.
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    Nothing wrong with YOU showing such respect. In fact there is nothing wrong with anyone showing respect.

    Respect cannot be mandated by law however. We were discussing rights not respect and eve the rights of mothers is no greater than the rights of anyone else including their employers.

    If you wish to repay them then repay them as you see fit but do not force others to do the same.
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