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America and the rest of the world

I suppose you can argue both sides of this issue, but it sure must be tough running a small business in San Francisco. No doubt with full pay available every new parent will take his or her full six weeks of extra “vacation.” I wonder how workers without children feel about that?

imageIsn’t it an interesting perspective that government or society is “forcing new mothers and fathers to choose between spending precious bonding time with their children and putting food on the table.”  Who forced them to have a baby that they may not be able to afford? But I suppose that is not part of the equation. 🤑 I have a better idea. We need bedroom monitors. If things start warming up, the city monitor stands by the door and requires a “did you think this through” form to be completed. That’s pretty progressive, right!

California already has one of the more expansive laws in the country, requiring that employees receive 55% of their wages for up to six weeks of paid family leave.

The San Francisco ordinance would require businesses with more than 20 employees to plug that gap by paying the remaining 45% of their employees’ wages. It applies to parents of either genders and to both full and part-time employees who work in the city. The law takes effect January 2017 with a gradual phase in for smaller businesses. Businesses with 35 employees or more must comply by July 1, 2017. Businesses with 20 or more employees have until January 2018.

“Our country’s parental leave policies are woefully behind the rest of the world, and today San Francisco has taken the lead in pushing for better family leave policies for our workers,” the bill’s author, Supervisor Scott Wiener, said in a statement after the vote. “We shouldn’t be forcing new mothers and fathers to choose between spending precious bonding time with their children and putting food on the table.”

The American left seems obsessed with making America like the rest of the world. When are they going to tell Americans the full story about how the rest of the world lives like their homes, their cars, the price of gasoline, the price of goods and services and of course their taxes? In Germany it costs nearly $3,000 to get a driver’s license; maybe we should catch up.

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  1. Again, I think it is great. Let them mandate what they want. It will be the great experiment. We’ll have the data on SF and surrounding areas and states, and we’ll see what happens.

    When small business is curtailed, or not; when McDonalds has to charge $6 for a Big Mac, we’ll see how happy everyone is – the city councilman, the formerly employed McDonald’s teen, the office building owner with higher vacancy rates after business relocates out of the city … Or not.

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