Thursday, October 25, 2012

Shouldn't it though?

This "will have 'serious ramifications' for employers"

I see this trope relatively often. In this case, the supreme court in England has ruled that it has jurisdiction and will hear cases related to equal pay compensation claims for up to six years prior to the commencement of the case as opposed to the current six month time limit. And there's a bunch of people muttering about how this has serious implications for employers as if this is obviously a bad thing. Well, yes, it has serious implications for employers who have been screwing their workers. I'm firmly of the opinion that there should be serious implications for employers like that though. Employers acting in a fair and reasonable manner aren't going to have a problem.

The other place this pops up quite often is in conversations about minimum wage. An increase in minimum wage "will have serious implications for employers". If the minimum wage is not sufficient to live on, then employers who only pay the minimum wage are screwing their employees and there damn well should be some serious implications. It's not as if those paying the lowest possible wages actually value their staff, as Chris Rock once said : "Do you know what your boss is telling you when he pays you the minimum wage? He's telling you, 'I would pay you less, but I can't.'".

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