Saturday, August 4, 2007

Another move to kill businesses in Ohio

Pregnancy leave a civil right? The Ohio Civil Rights Commission thinks so!

Wanting to throw another "anchor" on the sinking small businesses in Ohio, the OCRC wants to mandate unpaid pregnancy leave to 12 weeks.

Ignoring the fact that small businesses would need to make cuts in benefits to other employees to accommodate this proposal, the OCRC feels women should not have to choose between a job and having children.

From ONN --
Ohio Civil Rights Commission to propose changes that would strengthen the state's 30-year-old pregnancy discrimination law by guaranteeing all working mothers at least 12 weeks of post-childbirth leave without fear of losing their jobs.

The federal law mandates companies with at least 50 employees to allow new mothers who have worked at least 1,250 hours in the preceding 12 months to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave. The proposed state law would require employers with at least four workers to offer the same 12 weeks of unpaid leave regardless of how long a woman has worked for a company.

The FMLA and the existing state law, which requires companies to give women a "reasonable period of time" off work to care for their newborn, established a good basis for the rights of pregnant employees, More....

Here's a novel idea.... How about don't have a kid unless you are mentally & financially able to take care of them?

Could this be considered one of those famous Unfunded Mandates? Maybe the state should compensate these business owners for loss of production or business while the pregnant women are out of work.

One way to steer clear of this proposal would be for businesses not to hire any women!

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