The False Narrative Of The Healthy Workforce Proposal

Guest Op-Eds, Opinion,  August 17, 2017, ABQ Free Press
There is a false narrative that anyone who owns a business is sitting on massive piles of cash and can easily afford to pay someone who doesn’t show up for work.
BY MATTHEW MONTE
There are so many problems with the so-called Healthy Workforce Ordinance that voters will be asked to approve or reject on Oct. 3. The proposed law would require every business in Albuquerque to offer all employees — full-time, part-time and temporary — paid sick leave.
It sounds good until you start thinking about it, and until you understand what small businesses endure on a daily basis, what with trying to keep sales up in a stagnant economy and trying to keep paying employees.
The biggest problem with the proposed law is that there is a disconnect and a false narrative that anyone who owns a business is sitting on massive piles of cash and can easily afford to pay someone who doesn’t show up for work.
This is simply not true. If a business owner does not show up for work, then his duties don’t fall to someone else, they just don’t get done. If an employee does not show up, it usually falls on the business owner to pull double duty.
This is especially true with small businesses here in Albuquerque. We are struggling enough with state and local regulations and tax burdens.
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