Utah lawmakers debate, fail to act on family leave bill

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  • EDM Castle Valley, Utah
    Feb. 23, 2018 9:27 a.m.

    The important thing to remember is that here in Utah we really, really do have a culture of family values. And for this, we will be rewarded in heaven.

  • Iron Rod Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 23, 2018 8:58 a.m.

    But we are a family friendly state?

  • NoNamesAccepted St. George, UT
    Feb. 22, 2018 6:58 p.m.

    @Impartial7: "The Utah legislature talks a good game when it comes to "family values", but their actions never come close to their words. We can't spend money on baby makers, "

    For a guy who constantly rails against large families, who wants to impose tax penalties on couples who have "too many" children, there is a certain degree of inconsistency in demanding the taxpayers fund paid time off for having more babies.

    The problem with bigotry is it erodes one's ability to think clearly. The bigot simply hates. He hates large families. He hates a legislature that considers fiscal costs in comparison to the benefits of paid family leave. He hates and hates and hates without any thought to what he actually supports.

    Rather than an expensive, narrowly tailored benefit for couples having children, why not a free, broad policy that benefits employees at every stage of life?

    Remove caps on saving already funded vacation time. Let employees save up vacation time to use on whatever event might need extended time away: birth, death, illness, marriage, divorce, once-in-a-lifetime vacation, etc. This flexibility benefits every employee, without imposing additional costs on taxpayers.

  • Shaun Sandy, UT
    Feb. 22, 2018 6:33 p.m.

    Why is it ridiculous to have paid parental leave?

    When I take week off from work, my employer doesn’t go into shambles. I am sure almost any employer could figure how to give paid time for births without raising their cost.

  • NoNamesAccepted St. George, UT
    Feb. 22, 2018 5:58 p.m.

    Six weeks of paid leave costs money. Either we raise taxes, or we reduce base salary for all State employees a bit to cover the six weeks of paid leave for those who have or adopt a baby.

    Maybe, rather than having this specific benefit, what makes more sense is giving employees the flexibility to use paid and unpaid time off when and how they want. Staying home for a few weeks after having or adopting a baby is a good thing. So too is having some time to handle final arrangements when a parent or spouse passes. Or being able to take time off when a child has to have surgery, or to go get a kid settled at college.

    And there is a very easy way to accommodate all of these situations without increasing costs.

    The answer is to increase the amount of vacation time that an employee can carry on the books. Most people spend several years working to adopt. If such a person saves--and is able to save--even half of his vacation time each year for those 3 years, s/he has 6 weeks of vacation to use, while a co-worker might save vacation in anticipation of other major life events.

    Just don't force employees to use their vacation each year. Let them bank it and build it up for major events.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    Feb. 22, 2018 5:42 p.m.

    The Utah legislature talks a good game when it comes to "family values", but their actions never come close to their words. We can't spend money on baby makers, we have to pay for lawsuits against the Feds and California.

  • md Cache, UT
    Feb. 22, 2018 3:58 p.m.

    Why should an employer have to pay for this leave? Ridiculous.