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.
But we are a family friendly state?
@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.
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
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.
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.
Why should an employer have to pay for this leave? Ridiculous.