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Should Individuals Be Allowed Paid Period Leave?
Fewer women would be employed due to the additional expense imposed upon employers by this provision.
Unless paid leave was sponsored externally, small businesses may shy away from hiring more women of menstruating age due to the financial cost, as has been the case in the past with women of
Companies could also use the additional days off to
justify lower pay to women
that are employed.
If period leave is sponsored by the government, companies will not fear losing money over the policy, so they will not employ fewer women.
In an age of competitiveness, not hiring qualified female employees just because they may be absent for 1/2 days a month is a poor business strategy.
Refusing to hire a woman because of the risk that she would take period leave, or paying her less for the same reason, would constitute gender discrimination, and would be
in most jurisdictions.
Women hired in long distance work are not subjected to the same amount of physical strain that worsens the effects of dysmenorrhea in regular jobs.
In most scenarios (high employment rates, large populations) the change wouldn't be significant.