Busting the Biggest Myth about Proposed Paid Leave Laws (April 11, 2017)

By Amy Beacom, Center for Parental Leave Leadership

“We can’t afford this! We’ll have to lay people off! We’ll go under!”

It’s an understandable fear, especially when you see the flashy headlines about the paid leave offerings of big tech firms. Thankfully, it’s also an unnecessary fear, once you understand the types of proposals being considered at the state and federal level.

As an Oregon based small business owner myself, I know how difficult it can be to hear about yet another law that might take away my choice as a business owner or constrict me in some way, but a “paid leave mandate” is not as heavy of a burden as it sounds.

What is being proposed in Salem and D.C. is simply an insurance program to help fund OFLA/FMLA to take the burden off of small-business by distributing the cost more broadly.

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