By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog
I though this was a good one to discuss on Tax Day, Save Jerseyans, since this bill clearly illustrates why the worst Republican candidate is still preferable to the best Democrat commie in any election.
And I’m not trying to be sensational by referring to Assemblywomen Pamela Lampitt (D-Voorhees), Sheila Oliver (D-East Orange) and state Sen. Loretta Weinberg (D-Teaneck) as commies.
We need to call this stuff for what it is, and ‘New Jersey Schedules That Work Act‘ is Marxism, Jersey-style.
What is it? The legislation working its way through both chambers of the New Jersey legislature with the aforementioned Democrat sponsorship would require ANY New Jersey employer with 15 or more employees to engage in a “timely, good faith interactive process” with employees who try to alter their work schedules.
If the request to change this all-important term of employment is based on something significant like a health condition or caregiver responsibilities? The burden shifts to the employer to provide a “bona fide business reason” for denying the request or else.
What else? Fines ranging from $500 to $5,000 and lawsuit exposure; in fact, the state can bring suit for numerous forms of injunctive and extraordinary relief including “equitable relief as may be appropriate, including employment, reinstatement, and promotion.”
Yup, this is still Save Jersey. You didn’t click the wrong button and end up at The Onion! Or Pravda.
Now, regular readers have read my rants on Trenton’s economic illiteracy and malpractice for the past eight years. Anyone and everyone reading this can appreciate why this policy will prove economically ruinous. As we’ve seen with Obamacare and jurisdictions hiking the minimum wage, rather than comply with costly new regulations, employers will respond by reducing employment. Government can’t make employers hire anyone.
At least until now. This is something altogether more extreme, isn’t it?
If you support progressive taxation and a welfare state, you’re a liberal Democrat.
If you support a system where government mandates health insurance coverage for employers and 1% of the state citizenry pays 1/3 of the tax burden? You’re a democratic socialist.
Giving a government department and the courts power to rewrite work schedules, compel promotions and prevent terminations for non-protected classes of individuals? That’s straight-up Soviet-style communism, folks! Central planning without any pretense of private, free enterprise remaining as window dressing. Employers, by definition, employ people. They’re not really in charge anymore if they’re paying ruinous tax burdens, complying with crippling mandates AND don’t even get to write the work schedule. The government in essence owns the company at that point. That’s textbook Marxist economics.
We’re not doing out fellow voters any favors by being polite and pretending it is anything but…