On Monday after I posted this letter in opposition to government-mandated paid leave, my friend Frayda Levy sent to me the following insightful e-mail. I share it here with her kind permission:
And btw, it is not just the employer who must “give” the leave. Other employees are also involved. Some employees will have to work more intensely, some will have to forgo their time with kids, some will have to learn new skills — that they may not otherwise need. Also consumers might be impacted. Some consumers might not get to see their doctor as quickly or their order for their children’s products may arrive later. Or some consumers may have to wait on long lines. In other words, it is surely not just a matter of one person giving while another just gets to take.