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Takeaways

"Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored." - Aldous Huxley

Gender Quotas

Fact.

While gender quotas stem from good intentions, they ultimately undermine women’s hard work.
  • Quotas wrongly rely on the premise that workplace disparities today are primarily the result of persistent systemic sexism. 
  • In reality, the choices that women make throughout their careers affect their trajectories. 
  • Companies should respect women’s individual merits and preferences without tokenism.

By: Charlotte Whelan

Economy

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California’s AB 5 makes it more difficult to classify workers as independent contractors.
  • Raises costs for businesses. Reclassifying workers and complying with wage and hour laws, unemployment insurance, and other labor laws would increase labor costs by an estimated 20-30 percent leaving less for job creation and wage increase.
  • Threatens the economic security of workers. Some businesses are opting to lay off their freelance workforce. Independent contractors report losing contracts, being laid off from projects and unable to find freelance work.
  • Kill flexible work arrangements. Millions of Americans prefer to be their own bosses instead of working as employees.

By: Patrice Onwuka

Law

Fact.

Proposed Title IX regulations require schools to take sexual misconduct seriously and protect due process.
  • Proposed Title IX regulations clearly articulate the type of conduct prohibited by Title IX; require schools to investigate all formal complaints and respond meaningfully to every known report of sexual misconduct; and emphasize the importance of supportive measures, even where no formal complaint is filed.
  • The new rules, which will carry the force of law, also require that schools adopt due process protections for the accused, including timely, specific notice of the allegations and an opportunity to review evidence; a presumption of innocence with the burden of proof on the school; and the opportunity to test the credibility of adverse witnesses and submit evidence in one’s own defense.

By: Jennifer C. Braceras

Community

Fact.

Tax incentives, not greater government control, can encourage Amreicans to give.
  • Tax policy can encourage Americans to give through tax incentives, such as the charitable deduction, and other giving vehicles.
  • Limiting the amount of the charitable deduction or limiting it only to certain causes could discourage some charitable giving and hurt causes.
  • When taxes increase, Americans have less discretionary income to give. Proposals to impose wealth taxes will likely reduce giving.

By: Patrice Onwuka

Culture

Fact.

Policymakers should make it easier to prepare for absences from work.
  • While the vast majority of full-time workers have access to some form of paid leave, many workers, particularly low-wage and part-time workers, lack sufficient paid time off.
  • Policymakers can help address this problem by updating the Fair Labor Standards Act to give workers the option to be compensated for overtime work with time-and-a-half of paid leave rather than extra pay. This would give workers the opportunity to accrue paid time off for future use, such as following the birth of a baby or caring for a sick family member.
  • Policymakers should also expand health savings accounts to allow workers to use those funds to replace income lost during unpaid leaves from work.

By: Carrie Lukas

1st Amendment

Fact.

The ability to make anonymous donations encourages broad-based civic participation.
  • Many donors simply will not give unless they can keep their donations confidential.
  • Forced disclosure of donor names to state governments undermines donors’ reliance on anonymity and, in turn, threatens the ability of charitable organizations to rely on those donors.

By: Jennifer C. Braceras

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