Corzine signs paid family leave law

Corzine signs paid family leave law

There are 31 comments on the The Morning Call story from May 3, 2008, titled Corzine signs paid family leave law. In it, The Morning Call reports that:

Jon Corzine signed paid family leave legislation into law Friday, making the state the third in the country with such provisions.

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snowman chapman PA

Allentown, PA

#1 May 3, 2008
You don't pay enough taxes in New Jersey, now your multimillionaire governor wants you to pay more($33.00 per year) and then you can get up to $500.00 per week. Figure it out,$30.00 for 40 years=$1200.00. Then you take family leave for 6 weeks=$3000.00. Who is going to pay for this? You are, with another tax increase. You have been conned again and you think moneybags Corzine really cares about YOU? You are really stupid if you put him and any of the legislators back into office.
opinionated

United States

#2 May 3, 2008
Why is your employer forced to pay for you having a baby? I don't get it. Having a baby is your own choice, it is not a disease. This is the most ridiculous law I ever heard. As for the serious medical condition, buy disability insurance.

I just don't get why your employer is being forced to pay you for this. It's crazy and will definitely hurt employers which in turn will hurt employees.

I am really sick of the mentality of this country - being lazy and expecting a handout.
ljfud

Allentown, PA

#3 May 3, 2008
You get disability for having a baby, money you paid out of your paycheck. If the child becomes seriously ill and you have to take time off to care for it, that is a different story. If you are working to start with, it's not lazy as you stated, it's called taking care of your family. And it has nothing to do with this stupid state, who has enough problems to worry about w/o worrying about what another state does.
Bossy Gillis

AOL

#4 May 3, 2008
I knew this would be the next step. Love the line about the multimillionaire who had his family around him while he recovered. This country has passed the point of no return, it's all downhill from here.
oh please

Slatington, PA

#5 May 3, 2008
opinionated wrote:
Why is your employer forced to pay for you having a baby? I don't get it. Having a baby is your own choice, it is not a disease. This is the most ridiculous law I ever heard. As for the serious medical condition, buy disability insurance.
I just don't get why your employer is being forced to pay you for this. It's crazy and will definitely hurt employers which in turn will hurt employees.
I am really sick of the mentality of this country - being lazy and expecting a handout.
Companies pay for your sick days, maybe they shouldn't. You are so bitter. Stupid asss.
ummm

Kutztown, PA

#6 May 3, 2008
Companies pay for your sick days beause it is factored into your benefits and pay at the time of your hiring, "stupid @$$".....

And yes, why should your employer have to pay for you to take six weeks off for choosing to have a baby? No one said you had to get pregnant....

As for Corzine, yes because a multimillionaire definately has the luxury of having his family at his bedside after he gets involved in a dumbass crash...too bad he didn't give us all the luxury of rotting because of it.
Tree_Huggin_Hipp ie

Blandon, PA

#7 May 3, 2008
I'm seriously thinking of moving to New Jersey. Seriously! They rid themselves of the death penalty and are now taking familial issues seriously, regardless of what big business has to say. I'm glad the politician can empathize with everyday citizens.
billy barule

Slatington, PA

#8 May 3, 2008
in europe, they start w/ 6 wks of vacation and it goes up from there. the society in america is developed/legislated by the rich for the rich. keeps the middle class working to death and the rich get richer. i agree that it seems to be downhill from here..
Nik

Kearny, NJ

#9 May 3, 2008
While this is a start, it is still minimal compared to what time is needed to care for a newborn. Like the poster above mentioned, Europe is much more advanced when it comes to understanding the importance of FAMILY!
Reach in my pocket

Easton, PA

#10 May 3, 2008
Hi Tree Huggin Hippie ...

As a fellow tree hugger and native Pennsylvania, I say ... enjoy your days in NJ. I'll take no paid leave and the extra $33.

Bad things happen to people, it's happened in my family too many times. But what reasonable people do is have a rainy day fund or make conscious choices to not be employed or not be fully employed so that when family needs arrise, someone is available to help.

Corzinne's law is bad for small businesses, it's bad for people being forced to pay the tax, and it's bad for the cost of products -- particularly those that are competing with overseas products.

It is time that we return to the days of just dealing with it and not waiting for a handout.
john

Salfordville, PA

#12 May 3, 2008
oh please wrote:
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Companies pay for your sick days, maybe they shouldn't. You are so bitter. Stupid asss.
Paid sick days? Your kidding right? My company only pays 6 lousy holidays.
Tom Paine

Northampton, PA

#13 May 3, 2008
Nik wrote:
While this is a start, it is still minimal compared to what time is needed to care for a newborn. Like the poster above mentioned, Europe is much more advanced when it comes to understanding the importance of FAMILY!
Yes, and we all know what a model of productivity France is...

Since: Mar 08

Allentown, PA

#14 May 3, 2008
Tom Paine wrote:
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Yes, and we all know what a model of productivity France is...
Europe has a tough time competing in the world due to their structual costs. Seems the rest of the world isn't interested in supporting Europeans sitting on their butts.
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One reason Europe is having fits over the drop in the dollar is they will have a toughter time competing with the high value Euro. To keep costs down, European companies will have to start getting rid of workers.
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I can be sympathetic to the family leave law, but this is the drip, drip, drip of liberal social engineering that causes businesses to cut, cut, cut because every worker you get rid of means less exposure to these costs.
Jen

Allentown, PA

#16 May 3, 2008
how should an employer continue to run his business when all of his employees are home changing diapers? Or should the company just shut down for six weeks till the little bundles of joy are ready for daycare (which, no doubt, you expect your employer to provide free of charge as well)
Nik wrote:
While this is a start, it is still minimal compared to what time is needed to care for a newborn. Like the poster above mentioned, Europe is much more advanced when it comes to understanding the importance of FAMILY!
joe poli

AOL

#17 May 3, 2008
Keep in mind this is up to six weeks PER YEAR! This type of law is ripe for abuse. All a person needs is a friendly doctor to certify an illness and the person is on their way.

This law might be good for Pennsylvania. Maybe New Jersey employers will get sick of it and move their jobs here! That's what happened in California: many jobs moved to Arizona and Nevada.
taylor1277

United States

#18 May 3, 2008
i can see this having a burden on small businesses,but how can things like this have a burden on companies when a CEO or other office employee gets a 6 figure salary,CEOs and people like CFOs are well over paid,does one need that much to sit at a desk,with a pen and paper when companies can afford it.Its a shame in the United States our benefits and health care reflect that of a third world country with no benefits,it would be nice to be like other industrialized countries like Canada or Europe.European countries have benefits that we can afford to give employees in America,you need only dream about them and realize the greed that American business men have.
taylor1277

United States

#19 May 3, 2008
to all those that say this is a bad thing ask your employer to disclose his annnual earnings,what he takes home a year and your the one struggling defending him,yes small business should get tax breaks,not large conglamerate companies that dont need it,companies bring family values to the work place but its only for certain people in the company,usually the office people who sit on their behinds all day,need ergonomically designed chairs and pens with padding on them so they dont bust a nail.
JohnW

Easton, PA

#21 May 3, 2008
The whole problem I have with this kind of nonsense is summed up in Corzine's own statement ...

"''When I was in the hospital after my accident last spring, it was the strong support from my family that kept me going,'' the multimillionaire governor said.''I was fortunate my family members had the flexibility to be there for me day in and day out, but not everyone has that luxury.''

Paid leave is a LUXURY. Forcing companies to provide luxuries for their employees is just a stealthy way to raise the cost of doing business (i.e. taxes). The founding fathers of our nation must be rolling over in their graves.
snowman chapman PA

Allentown, PA

#22 May 3, 2008
KKK Grand Wizard wrote:
<quoted text>I agree, most of the people posting negative comments here are so fat and ugly they could never have kids!
But not stoopid buddy ol pal.
Citizen

East Greenville, PA

#23 May 3, 2008
Tom Paine wrote:
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Yes, and we all know what a model of productivity France is...
Germany has a similar system and they have the strongest rising economy in Europe.

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