Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Here We Go Again

For what it's worth, we really don't have anything against the legislators in Massachusetts. But they are such EASY targets.

Just look at how many times Massachusetts has made the "news" at InsureBlog. Start here, then look at the search results.

Now they are at it again.

This time the topic is sick pay.

When you're sick, you're sick.

But too often for Massachusetts workers on limited incomes, an unexpected illness is not enough of an excuse to stay home, according to some lawmakers.

That could all change under a new law being pushed on Beacon Hill that would require all employers in the state to grant their employees at least seven paid sick days a year to be used for themselves or for the care of a child, spouse or parent.

Sick days for every one.

But who pays?

The employer.

"We don't think the Legislature should be mandating what types of benefits employers should be providing to their employees," said Richard Lord, president of Associated Industries of Massachusetts. "That decision is best left to the employer and what they can afford and what they need to attract workers."

I agree.

Government mandates are counter-productive.
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