1. Mike’s opinion and his employer’s opinion about the new law obviously conflict. Their respective ethical preferences are one important cause of their disagreement.What ethical norm seems to be dominating the employer’s thought?
Clue: Why is the employer upset? Review your list of ethical norms; try to match one of the norms to the reason why the employer is angry.
2. Mike’s boss makes the following argument: “It is ridiculous that the government would make me pay my employees to sit at home! They are my employees. I should get to decide if employees should be allowed to leave for the birth of a child.” Do you see any problems with this argument?
Clue: How does the employer’s argument conflict with the reason for offering employee benefits?
3. Before you make a judgment about the worth of the new law, is there any additional information that would help your thinking?
Clue: What information seems to be missing? Several crucial pieces of information about the paid leave are not offered in the news report.