Employment

 

   Discrimination based on age, sex, color or nationality are not desirable.  However, the current laws which are intended to prevent discrimination actually make discrimination worse.  For example, age discrimination results in fewer elderly people being hired because businesses are afraid of being sued if they are fired.  The same is true for handicapped persons.  Since these laws were passed the percentage of elderly and handicapped persons employed has dropped!

   No company should discriminate based on age, sex, color or nationality.  However, employers should always have the right to hire the most qualified people and to fire people as they choose.  Sexual harassment by a supervisor should not be tolerated but the supervisor, not the company, should be held responsible for such acts.  Sexual harassment should be defined in such a way that it would only pertain to a supervisor who expects sex in return for promotions, job security, etc.

   Minimum wage laws will be eliminated because they eliminate the employee’s right to negotiate wages with their employer.  Employers are not going to hire employees who do not return a profit to the company.  Therefore, many employers will not hire entry level employees because mandated minimum wage rates can make them too expensive.  This oftentimes results in many young people being unemployed with no opportunity to gain experience even when they are willing to work for less than minimum wage.  This law hurts the very people it was designed to help.

   Mandatory overtime pay will also be eliminated.  Most employers cannot afford to pay overtime rates and therefore will only schedule employees to work 32 hours per week.  This gives them a “cushion” should they need to work the employee some extra hours without getting into overtime.  This results in employees working fewer hours than they want which forces them to take on second and third jobs to make ends meet.  It also increases the cost of producing goods which are passed on to consumers.  Employers who choose to pay overtime as an incentive to retain good employees will be free to do so.

   Workers Compensation should be optional in certain industries and/or jobs such as office work.  All employers in industries/jobs which are considered dangerous (i.e. construction, manufacturing, logging, mining, etc.) should be required to provide private workers compensation which should include disability insurance. This will help to ensure that the work place is safe because the workers compensation rates will increase dramatically in unsafe environments. This should eliminate the need for costly OSHA regulations and enforcement. Disability insurance would only include accidents on the job but employees should have the option of adding their own disability insurance if they choose to pay for it.

   No employer will be required to provide any benefits, such as health insurance, to employees.  Many employers will choose to provide benefits as a way of attracting qualified employees.  This is how the free market works!