Fri, March 01, 2024

Biden Administration Striving to Increase Worker Benefits

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In the rest of the world, the US’ poor treatment of workers is somewhat notorious. The lack of socialized systems, few days off, as well as bogus contracts make being a part of the US workforce dangerous. However, we may see some changes soon as the Biden administration aims to make changes.

Of course, the goal is to attract more US citizens back to the workforce to lower unemployment numbers. Most of the new changes seem to be targeting families. Namely, betterments in child and eldercare are the primary target for the following year.

The exact measures remain unknown, but attacking the workforce shortage seems to be a top priority. Of course, it isn’t quite smooth sailing, as it’s not only the Biden administration that the change concerns. Republicans are somewhat likely to try and stifle advances that would improve worker rights across the board.

Previous plans to enhance care and parenthood have been partially successful. Some legislation has managed to go through, although no single unified plan has yet worked. The Republican argument is that enhanced social systems will do little to propel people back into the workforce.

Some Republicans have suggested their own plans, but there isn’t a party-level plan yet. However, the situation is showing signs of urgency as worker shortages continue across many industries.

Many experts are stating that these are the worst labor shortages we’ve ever faced. With Covid restructuring a good part of the global workforce, companies, and employees haven’t yet adjusted. Furthermore, highly-specialized workers are especially in demand, with companies struggling to attract them.

By introducing childcare improvements, the US hopes to attract specific, younger groups of workers. Namely, young women are the primary target, as the US is lagging behind Europe in that regard. Hopefully, we will see how the proposed plans look soon.

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