Monday, October 01, 2018

WSJ op-ed proposes making paternity leave for fathers mandatory!



An op-ed in the Wall Street Journal (of all places), by Joanne Lipman, “Want Equality? Make Dads Stay Home” is certainly getting attention this Monday morning.  You heard right.  Companies should force fathers to use paternity leave benefits when they offer it.  Obviously the proposal can be tweaked, if states finally get around to passing mandatory family leave laws.


The byline for the article is telling. “Mandatory paternity leave would close the wage gap and strengthen family bonds.”  That could apply in Europe, too, where according to the article often men don’t take it.

The mandatory part is to keep men from lowballing the system.
  
But as in yesterday’s blog post, what about the childless?  Do they pay for all this?

Update: Oct 2

The Cato Institute takes the libertarian view in a paper by Vanessa Brown Calder, link

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