TheFamily and Medical Leave Act (FMLA
TheFamily and Medical Leave Act(FMLA)
TheFamily and Medical Leave Act seem to be campaigned and supported byevery party involved in the chain. Many advantages have beensupported and debated forgetting what the action may bring to theeconomy among other sectors. The disadvantages must also be a concernsince they will negatively affect either directly or indirectly(Sternburg, 2015). According to research conducted recently, overfour percent of the economy may suffer when the entire workforce isentitled to a Family Medical Leave, which is a threat in the longterm.
Itmay seem an advantage to the workers and all other parties involved,but it may be unfriendly to the economy (Thomson, 2014). The Familyand Medical Leave Act is a boon to the family, but when viewed inanother perspective, it is not favorable to the economy. The Familyand Medical Leave Act is a drawback to the economy, and it promotesmany other adverse effects on the employees’ rate of work alongsidetheir productivity as it is discussed in the following paragraphs(Sternburg, 2015). Inmy point of view, a particular group of peopleshould only be granted a limited Medical Leave to regulate thesetbacks that may be created.
First,the Family Medical Act may make people watch an economic downfallhappen. If pay is to be guaranteed to a worker on leave that has notgiven any services to the company, the budget shortfall may beincurred by the individual company (Guerin & England, 2015). Ifall the firms regulated by this act are facing budget shortfalls, thewhole economy will watch a downward trend. A survey conducted inCalifornia stated that there is no positive impact on the medicalleave in the performance of business (Schultz, 2012). The families donot need an extended period to take care of the medical freedom, andthus, the rest of the time is regarded as paid leisure time (Thomson,2014). The answer to the paying of the family medical leave is tooffer non-paying leave to all employees and the parties involved. Itwill help prevent economic downfalls.
Secondly,the Family and Medical Leave Act have social disadvantages. In aworkforce, specialization is crucial to the productivity of anindividual business. The normality in the production chain of workdepends on the workers of a certain level of the corporate chain.When one employee is missing in the chain and replaced by another,the workers will take time to fit in the chain and become normalagain. It affects the productivity, thus hindering economic growth inthe long term. The family medical leaves may lead to many workersbeing at home during a given period, thus encouraging laziness in theworkforce community (Guerin & England, 2015). For instance, whenthere is a breakout of a certain disease, all the workers may not begoing to work in a bid to take care of their families. Such a moveleads to a hitch in the production chain, and thus, an economicdownfall (Thomson, 2014). Thus, there should not be family medicalacts to encourage productivity within a business.
Principally,the Family and Medical Leave Act is an advantage to the household. Ina family, the infants need more time with their parents. Extensivehealthcare is essential to the families’ younger ones and the onlytime available to the parents to their young ones is through thisleave. Thus, it should be considered a way of improving livingstandards through healthcare provided to the employees (Hanel, 2012).Workers and other parties involved need breaks at least once a yearto undergo thorough health checkups, and the only time available isthrough the provided family medical leaves (Schultz, 2012). Thus, itis of importance to consider the Family Medical Leave Act.
Ifone applies logic thinking, the Family and Medical Leave Act is ofimportance to the family’s well-being. Families need bonding andpeace of mind, which is vital in the production chain. The bonding isbrought when families have time together Guerin & England, 2015).When a loved one is ill, an employee may not be in a position to workproperly, and the medical leave proves to be of significance in suchinstances. Therefore, Family and the Medical Leave Act should beconsidered as a tool for psychological fitness.
Tosum up, the Family Medical Leave Act is a major step in improving theway of living (Thomson, 2014). It comes with many disadvantages, andthe only answer is to amend it. It may make the economy suffer, butnot to a greater deal when regulations such as not paying the leaveare in place. Therefore, this research concludes that the act is notan advantage to the economy and to prevent economic drawbacks, thebill should be amended if not removed.
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