In May, the number of unemployed by 787,000 to 14.5 million, and the unemployment rate rose to 9.4 percent.
So it’s obviously the right time for Congress to pass a paid leave mandate, right? From Marketplace Morning Report, “Congress talks mandating paid leave“:
Keith Smith: Additional burdensome costs, especially at a time like we’re currently undergoing where manufacturers are struggling to retain and create jobs, that is not the best time to burden manufacturers with yet another cost of government compliance.
Employers may be feeling a little overwhelmed by a flurry of bills in Congress mandating paid leave for workers — not just for vacations, but also for family emergencies and illness.
Manufacturers and NAM member companies overwhelmingly provide paid leave, but those small businesses that do not have reasons. Perhaps, maybe, they can’t afford it and one more mandate will force them to close. The more mandates, the higher the costs, the more closures.
In any case, it is strange to see members of Congress decry unemployment one moment and at the next advocate legislation that would make it more expensive to create jobs — for the private sector to create jobs, that is.
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