Raised Minimum Wage

Gary Varvel_minimum wage hikeGary Varvel Cartoon

Yes, this will be happening if/when the minimum wage hikes to $10.00 an hour or even as some proposed, $15.00 an hour becomes law of the land. Some otherwise very intelligent people strongly feel that the employer should personally take a pay cut so that every low hourly wage employee benefits from the wage increase and no one gets laid off.  We are well down that road where you end up in a cul-de-sac of mixed socialism and communism.

I use to think that wealthier people owed those making less money more pay. That is leftist thinking. Now that I think the opposite, I cannot get over how so many people feel wealthier employers owe their employees more of their personal profits. Some of these same people are okay with raising taxes to help equalize pay and benefits for everyone. Why are more and more people so into the government taking from those who are reaping the benefits of  establishing a successful business?

Flu Considerations

Gary Varvel_Flu ProtectedGary Varvel Cartoon

I can somewhat relate, because when I was a child, my mother use to overdress me when ever contagious sickness was going around. I assume the mother in the cartoon is a stay at home mother, but then she could also have a home business. Mothers and fathers who work for no-nonsense employers, cannot afford to miss work. This flu scare must be scary them crazy. For many, if they or their children get the flu, they have to stay home. That may mean a shorter paycheck. It could also mean a write-up or termination.

Some parents work for employers who make considerations for illness situations, but for other employers, it is less of a concern. Some years ago, I worked as a child care director for a Day care chain. If you called out sick despite the legitimacy and did not have sick time, it was an automatic write-up that could lead to suspension and even termination. That was tough for someone whose employment was under a year. After the 3 month probationary period, you received one sick day for every fully worked 2 months (tabulated in hours).

Calling out because you or your child has the flu or another illness and returning with a doctor’s note did not help your case at all, if you did not accrue enough sick time. With this current flu epidemic, my heart goes out to those who work in such environments.

Running Scared

Eric Allie Cartoon

Businesses in this country feel the bite in the you know where by different policies and laws that are all uniquely Democrat e.g. Obamacare which is causing employers to cut the benefits they offer to their employees and/or layoff employees to meet the Obamacare requirements except for those who received an exemption, which will stop sometime in September.  Employers are running scared.

Forcing Employers to Give Employees More Leave Time

I worked for a well-known church organization as a child care teacher. In getting extra time off from work, I remember back in the early 80s, a co-worker asked to take two weeks off to go on short-term missions trip. There was some hemming and hawing coming from management as they waited to hear from headquarters on which way to go on the matter. The co-worker was finally given permission and left with other church members on a 2 week missionary trip to Haiti. The unpaid time off was given in addition to vacation time. A substitute did her assignments.

A few years later and from that point on with the change in management (and at headquarters), if you did not have enough accumulated vacation time to use, the answer to future short-termed 2/3 week missionary trip requests was an immediate “NO.” The new reaction from headquarters was if you can go unpaid, then they were wasting money on you with paid benefits (and back then, those benefits were extra ordinary for a child care teacher).  If something important was going on during your requested time off, like a state inspection, you could still be told “NO,” even when you had accumulated paid vacation days.

Someone, I know made plans to go on a short-term missions trip to an African country some years ago, which was a little longer than 2 weeks. The person was initially given permission. On their last day of work, this person was told “NO.” The person went on the missions trip anyway and returned to unemployment.

This Illinois discrimination case where Muslim math teacher, Safoorah Khan was denied her request of  3 weeks unpaid leave  from her middle school to make the pilgrimage to Mecca known as the Hajj is supported by the Department of Justice – DOJ. Her pilgrimage was just before final exams. Ms. Khan resigned to make the Hajj. The DOJ says the school board violated Title Seven of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which  prohibits an employer from discriminating on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin or religion. Now did this civil rights act really apply to Ms. Khan’s denied unpaid leave request?

I think the DOJ opened a big can of worms to say the least! Accommodating Ms. Khan’s extended absence at the expense of her students during the school year goes against the best educational interests of schools. You know employees are watching to see how what the final outcome will be. If I were still a child care director, I could see employees sighting the DOJ and Title Seven in trying to wrangle enormous amounts of time off for suspect spiritual reasons and being self-assured of their job being in place for them on return.

Employees being out other than through the use of rightly accrued benefit time,is rather devastating. That is the case with child care. These days most centers do not have budget money alloted for substitutes as some did in the 80s. Well, employers start preparing for the onslaught of leave time requests and legal battles if and when you say “NO.”