HB 100: Unhealthy Government Intrusion, Take 2

Bad Bill of the Week

This week’s Bad Bill of the Week is a repeat offender. House Bill 100 Healthy Families & Workplaces/Paid Sick Days, sponsored by Reps. Alma Adams (D-Guilford) and Larry Hall (D-Durham), would criminalize voluntary work agreements between workers and employers. This bill is a replay of a bill dubbed a BBOTW in 2011.

There’s little sense in reinventing the wheel on this, so I will just republish what I wrote previously on this intrusive piece of legislation:

HB 100 would mandate a certain threshold of paid sick days, and also detail what qualifies as a paid sick day. In other words, it would outlaw voluntary agreements between employer and employee that didn’t meet the government standards.

In a free society, it is none of the government’s business how many paid sick days employers offer to their workers. Moreover, imposing more labor expenses upon businesses will force them to either reduce salary or other benefits, or reduce the number of workers. Allowing entrepreneurs the flexibility to offer differing benefits packages as part of their compensation plan inspires a more competitive labor market.

Because it injects political force into a peaceful and mutually voluntary employment agreement, HB 100 is this week’s Bad Bill of the Week.

This article was posted in Bad Bill of the Week by Brian Balfour on February 19, 2013 at 9:00 AM.

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Comments on this article

  • 1

    Jay Feb 20, 2013 at 8:28

    Not saying I’m for or against, but I love the last ludicrus statement, “Because it injects political force into a peaceful and mutually voluntary employment agreement”. The article makes it sound like the employee and employer are on equal footing in negotiating the agreement to work. Been my experience in 50 years of living that for the level of jobs this would impact the employer wants you as cheap as he can get you, and if you don’t like it he will take the next one in line. REmember, jobs are not plentiful at present. I’m starting to see Civitas, Pope and the new NC Administration as the greedy bunch of wealth preserving arses that the liberal side of my family has always hated so much.

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    Frank Feb 20, 2013 at 15:38

    Any bill that allows more government is a bad bill. Thank you for bringing this wasteful enpenditure of our tax dollars to our attention. Less government, more better!

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