Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Proposed California Law Takes Pronatalism To New Heights.

Government baby-sitters
It appears California is considering a bill that would include parents as a protected class in employment; a rare designation that joins race and religion as interrupting the general assumption of at-will employment.

Though we agree that employers who want to retain valued employees should try to work around the demands of caring for children, ill spouses or aging parents, businesses should not be compelled to do so. Workers' schedules are better decided on a case-by-case basis by employers rather than by Sacramento lawmakers who can't possibly understand the dynamics of every work place or industry.
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Some working parents have sued their employers because they wouldn't accommodate family schedules. That sense of entitlement by workers fueled the lawsuits that led to the Senate bill. The Democratic majority in the Senate, ever the friends of trial lawyers, took the wrong side.
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Unlike gender, age and disabilities, having a family remains a choice. And, when considering whether to make that choice, parents need to weigh their employment status.
I couldn't have said it better myself. So I won't. But I will ask - which one of us was behind this rare glimpse of sensibility?

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