Gender gap wage disparity
Every so often you hear about gender gap wage disparity. Women make less than men at nearly any job you care to name.
I run a small shop. This year, two employees have come to me after taking their FMLA leave to have a baby, and notified me that they did not intend to return to work. When I asked why, they pointed out that the value of the benefits paid them by the state to be an unemployed stay-at-home parent exceeded the amount they were going to get paid for doing work daily, by a considerable margin; even before factoring in the cost of babysitting. These were key employees in our little firm; one of them I had been training and mentoring daily for two years. Their replacements, hired on two weeks' notice, frankly suck.
Luckily, here in California I pay a tax, called Employment Training Tax, on every payroll. I am still trying to figure out how to access it to get a subsidy, so I can have some breathing room financially to train employees to do the jobs that are being lost because the State of California is incentivizing my workers to quit. (This paragraph is a joke; CA ETT is not for employers who make jobs; it is only for the benefit of unemployed people.)
I am, of course, prohibited from considering gender in hiring decisions. That is very fortunate; otherwise an injustice might occur to someone. You wouldn't want this story I have told to end up being unfair to anyone. No, not at all. It must end up a win-win for everyone.