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Congressional Mandates: Modern Alchemy

Posted by Steve Markowitz on November 12, 2009

Put a collection of adults together who never produced any goods, rarely worked in the real world, have low morals, and are not the brightest bulbs in the world and you get the United States Congress.  Here’s one of their latest ideas; H.R. 2460: Healthy Families Act.

The Healthy Families Act bill is coming up for debate and vote beginning November 16th.  It would require employers who employ 15 or more to:

  • Permit each employee to earn at least one hour of paid sick time for every 30 hours worked.
  • Employers will not be required give employees more than 56 hours of paid sick time per calendar year.
  • Allows employees to use the paid time to: (1) meet their own medical needs; (2) care for the medical needs of family members; or (3) seek medical attention, assist a related person, take legal action, or engage in other specified activities relating to domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking.
  • Authorizes civil actions by employees, individuals, or their representatives for damages or equitable relief against employers who violate this Act.

Sounds like a good idea?  Maybe in the fantasy world that the government lives, but not in the real world.  While initially employees may get an increased benefit, soon thereafter economic reality would set in. Read the rest of this entry »

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