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

    Quote Originally Posted by CanadaJohn View Post
    One thing that hasn't been mentioned so far in this thread is the impact of such a move on over all employment, not just employment of females. Let's not forget that the Obamacare employer mandate, which has been delayed for a year, kicks in later this year or early next, if not delayed again, and that is a negative driver against employment at the fringes because it boosts the cost to companies of each employee. If you try to add that mandate and then pile on another mandate, you end up trying to make businesses your engines of social benefits/change and they will simply be forced to seek lower cost solutions - i.e. fewer young women and fewer employees period.

    If you want to provide, as a society, all kinds of social welfare benefits as other countries do, like Canada; you're going to have to start taxing more people at the federal level and eliminating more tax loopholes for everyone. You cannot have almost 50% of your working public paying no federal income taxes and expect to have social benefits similar to nations like Canada who have a far lesser number of working citizens not paying income taxes. It's pretty simple.

    it is looking like a war on business lately

    obamacare
    minimum wage
    paid maternity leave
    epa regulations

    business is the engine that makes this economy work....government spends the money.....business makes the money

    every decision coming out of washington is anti business

    my wife owns a business with her brother (140 employees, food industry)

    it is hard back breaking work, and the profit margins are thin

    you cant keep adding costs to businesses like this without ramifications

    they have already cut 20+ jobs due to minimum wage hikes, and the ACA

    it wont be too long before they just close their doors....as the profit wont be worth the risk/work

    small business is where the engine starts ladies and gentlemen.....

    be very careful about putting them out of business
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    Re: Should All Companies be Required to Provide Paid Maternity Leave?

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDemSocialist View Post
    Do you agree with the President's recent statements that the US should join the rest of the industrialized world and have provided paid maternity leave? The President said that Congress should work on legislation requiring employers to have paid maternity leave? Do you believe this should be law or not?
    I believe in the past you have advocated for single payer healthcare paid for by the government. Why do you now want to add back additional universal items again paid for by companies?

    Do you just advocate for stuff and then randomly decide who should get the bill or is this part of a wider plan you have?

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Paschendale View Post
    Absolutely. Many women are forced to abandon their careers in order to have children or at least take a significant hit to. If family really is such an important value in this country, we shouldn't make it such a hardship for working women to also have families.

    Every other western nation enforces paid maternity leave, and they benefit from it tremendously.
    If they are a valuable employee, then the employer will take steps to retain them, otherwise, they won't. Why bring the gov't into what is a CIVIL contract?
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    Re: Should All Companies be Required to Provide Paid Maternity Leave?

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDemSocialist View Post
    That is if they dont terminate it or hell (it seems) those services are being removed slowly as well...
    Or simply protect themselves against unwanted pregnancy

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Paschendale View Post
    Absolutely. Many women are forced to abandon their careers in order to have children or at least take a significant hit to. If family really is such an important value in this country, we shouldn't make it such a hardship for working women to also have families.

    Every other western nation enforces paid maternity leave, and they benefit from it tremendously.
    The evidence of such benefits seems to be lacking.

    Family is only valuable to those who want one.

    It has always been a hardship for men to have a family and a career women want the same things but not the sacrifice which comes with such choices

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Phys251 View Post
    Terrible retort. Please explain why America, Papau New Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Swaziland are right about maternal leave and the rest of the entire WORLD are wrong.
    Can't answer for other nations.

    In the US we respect the rights of individuals.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by AliHajiSheik View Post
    I believe in the past you have advocated for single payer healthcare paid for by the government. Why do you now want to add back additional universal items again paid for by companies?

    Do you just advocate for stuff and then randomly decide who should get the bill or is this part of a wider plan you have?
    I would advocate for government providence of this. But in the context of what is being pursued about the administration and several members of congress I decided to ask it in that way.


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

    Quote Originally Posted by AliHajiSheik View Post
    I believe in the past you have advocated for single payer healthcare paid for by the government. Why do you now want to add back additional universal items again paid for by companies?

    Do you just advocate for stuff and then randomly decide who should get the bill or is this part of a wider plan you have?
    Obama...and liberals in general...feeling emboldened by their success in foisting Obamacare on the public and, in line with their desire to cost businesses more money with an increased minimum wage, see this as an opportunity to try to score political points on the Republicans. He knows this is a fool's proposal...that it will never get passed or, even, seriously considered by anyone in Congress. But it gives him the opportunity to call Republicans insensitive...mean...bad guys. It's all a political ploy to help Democrats in the upcoming election.

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

    No. I think the population is large enough. We don't need any more incentives for people to have more children.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Boo Radley View Post
    Many can afford them if employed.
    Well then they can save up their own money and take time off unpaid to raise them.

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