Mired in the worst unemployment slump in the nation and on the verge of bankruptcy, California has joined other Democrat – controlled states to expand the days off employers must grant employees. The latest – school play days. No doubt because Democrat politicians have never had a real job in their lives – it’s an experience that ruins them forever for dreaming Demmerkratically – they seem to think that this kind of provision costs employers nothing. The play-going parent who doesn’t show up for work isn’t paid for that day, goes the logic, so what’s the beef?
The beef is that you can’t run a business not knowing who will show up for work that day. Volvo tried that, with a government mandate that guarantees unlimited sick leave and the result is that the Japanese build a car in 12 hours, the Swedes 60. The squareheads aren’t that much slower, of course, but Volvo has to schedule many more workers each day in the hope that some will report for duty.
Same thing here. The more difficult you make it to employ someone, the more you intrude on a business’s daily operations, the less likely that business is to expand. Or, in California’s case, the more likely a business is to flee to another state.