In our opinion: Compassionate family leave policies don't have to get in the way of business

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  • Shaun Sandy, UT
    June 19, 2019 8:38 a.m.

    Expect republicans to come out droves against this unless trump says it’s ok then they will change their mind like tariffs.

    See it’s like this. Trump says he is doing the tariffs because he says we are being taking advantage of by China and the US government is actually subsidizing our “patriot” farmers due to the tariffs.

    The question is if the government can subsidize farmers and republicans cheer then why can’t the government assist in paid leave? People against government paid leave say just find another job. Well you don’t have to buy from China. You can find many products made in the US or simply do with out.

    If China is taking advantage of us then it can be argued that businesses are taking advantage of their employees and in one instance republicans cheer and in another scenario they say you are on your own.

  • RiDal Sandy, UT
    June 19, 2019 7:19 a.m.

    It is always easy to argue in favor of more compassionate benefits. But there is a baseline reality that must be faced: businesses have to have employees that are doing their jobs. No one has a job if the companies can't stay in business.
    Labor has value too, and there is a supply and demand balance between the benefits package that is offered and the needs and values of each worker. Some companies will still voluntarily provide compassionate benefits to attract long-term, stable, employees. In fact, that is how employer-provided health insurance first began! It was not a government mandate. But the whole health insurance industry has been in inflationary chaos ever since the government got involved.

    Keep the government out of it!