Some states are considering legislation requiring employers to provide
paid family leave to employees, according to a Wall Street Journal
op-ed. The editorial says such proposals aren't the way to go because
they'll prove too pricey for employers, and invite fraud and abuses by dishonest employees.
Meanwhile, an article in the New York Times recounts the findings of a
survey on the Family and Medical Leave Act, a federal law that provides
unpaid time off for employees at businesses with 50 or more workers.
The Department of Labor survey found employers and employees divided
over FMLA: Workers faulted the law for not offering longer leaves with
pay, and employers said their operations have suffered when employees
frequently take leave.
Family leave policies, whether paid or unpaid, at the state or federal
levels, are a hot-button issue for both employees and employers. Is
there room for compromise?