Mandate would hurt small business, employees, economy

12/18/2008 | Bloomberg Businessweek

If the federal government imposes a sick-leave mandate, small-business owners and their employees will not be able to decide whether sick leave, vacation or health care benefits are most acceptable when a business cannot afford them all, says NFIB's Susan Eckerly. "Legislation that forces businesses to provide paid sick time could cause small business billions of dollars and make it more difficult for small firms to meet their employees' needs, let alone expand and create jobs, further hurting the U.S. economy at the worst possible time," she says.

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