Florida Democrat – are you surprised? – will introduce a bill that will require all employers with companies of more than 100 employees to give all their employees, both full and part time, one week of paid vacation after they’ve been employed for one year. He’s introducing this now, at a time when our economy is in dire straights, companies are struggling, and unemployment is expected to go up.
Rep. Alan Grayson was standing in the middle of Disney World when it hit him: What Americans really need is a week of paid vacation.
So on Thursday, the Florida Democrat will introduce the Paid Vacation Act — legislation that would be the first to make paid vacation time a requirement under federal law.
The bill would require companies with more than 100 employees to offer a week of paid vacation for both full-time and part-time employees after they’ve put in a year on the job. Three years after the effective date of the law, those same companies would be required to provide two weeks of paid vacation, and companies with 50 or more employees would have to provide one week.
The idea: More vacation will stimulate the economy through fewer sick days, better productivity and happier employees.
This would be truly a disaster. Representative Grayson obviously doesn’t understand what it takes to keep a business afloat and profitable. Companies are having a hard enough time right now trying to hang on and forcing them to pay for a week’s vacation for all of their employees would only make it even that much more difficult. Where does he think companies will get the money to pay for one week of paid vacation for every employee? Pull it out of their butts? Companies would have to lay off even more people in order to pay for it. And you know when companies would probably begin to lay off people? Right before that one year was up.
I’m so tired of Congress being filled with yahoos who don’t have any idea what it takes to run a business.