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Reader's View: Sick-safe to be recordkeeping nightmare

Writer Harry Browne quotes William Graham Sumner's illustration of "The Forgotten Man," whereby A takes from B to give to C. This is a good example of how the earned-sick-and-safe-time proposed law applies to Duluth city councilors. They seem to ...

Writer Harry Browne quotes William Graham Sumner's illustration of "The Forgotten Man," whereby A takes from B to give to C. This is a good example of how the earned-sick-and-safe-time proposed law applies to Duluth city councilors. They seem to think of themselves as great benefactors when creating an employee benefit for working folks in the city - a benefit they don't have to pay for or administrate.

We can see the folks on the City Council (A) will be hailed for their benevolence and given high-fives in City Hall. We understand the plight of the working people (C) within the city who would now have a benefit they did not ask for and of course will take the free money.

But what about the forgotten man (B), the business operators who will be required under threat of law to pay for and maintain records for this new benefit - a benefit mandated by the city and not by a contract with employees?

One can only speculate the nightmare of keeping records for a company with part-time employees working in jurisdictions both in and outside the city. I can visualize the chaos of the first complaint filed under this law with the burden of proof a business must endure.

The complications promise to be endless and costly - and eventually passed on to you and me the citizens (Y), who will vote with our feet when the cost is included in the price.

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Clyde Nelson

Duluth

Related Topics: DULUTH CITY COUNCIL
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