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A law requiring companies to offer employees unpaid time off

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A law requiring companies to offer employees unpaid time off to care for their children will harm the economic competitiveness of our nation’s businesses. Companies must be free to set their own employment policies without mandated parental-leave regulations.
Which of the following, if true, would most seriously weaken the conclusion of the argument above?

(A) A parental-leave law will serve to strengthen the family as a social institution in this country.
(B) Many businesses in this country already offer employees some form of parental leave.
(C) Some of the countries with the most economically competitive businesses have strong parental-leave regulations.
(D) Only companies with one hundred or more employees would be subject to the proposed parental-leave law.
(E) In most polls, a majority of citizens say they favor passage of a parental-leave law.
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Re: New CR : Law requiring companies... [#permalink] New post 08 Dec 2007, 12:39
its_vishalsinha wrote:
A law requiring companies to offer employees unpaid time off to care for their children will harm the economic competitiveness of our nation’s businesses. Companies must be free to set their own employment policies without mandated parental-leave regulations.
Which of the following, if true, would most seriously weaken the conclusion of the argument above?

(A) A parental-leave law will serve to strengthen the family as a social institution in this country.
(B) Many businesses in this country already offer employees some form of parental leave.
(C) Some of the countries with the most economically competitive businesses have strong parental-leave regulations.
(D) Only companies with one hundred or more employees would be subject to the proposed parental-leave law.
(E) In most polls, a majority of citizens say they favor passage of a parental-leave law.


Argument is economic compe...will suffer ,,if we have parental-leave law.
Only C says that in some countries business is competitive...and have strong p-l law too ..this weakens the argument.
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On a contrary [#permalink] New post 08 Dec 2007, 12:59
Some countries with economic competitive business provide parental-leave law does not mean that providing parental law will benefit the country in the passage too.
In my opinion it should be 'B'. Since many businesses already offers some form of parental leave, setting a parental leave law will not actually effect these companies too much, so the economy of the country will not suffer....
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Re: On a contrary [#permalink] New post 08 Dec 2007, 13:11
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Some countries with economic competitive business provide parental-leave law does not mean that providing parental law will benefit the country in the passage too.
In my opinion it should be 'B'. Since many businesses already offers some form of parental leave, setting a parental leave law will not actually effect these companies too much, so the economy of the country will not suffer....


I made the same mistake here. However, answer should be C. Eventhough many businesses in the country offer parental-leave, but neither the passage nor the statement in B indicates that it does harm or no harm to the country's economy. Thus, we can't assume that the country's economy is "competitive" eventhough many business already offer parental leave. In other words, we can't conclude from this statement that the parental-leave law has no effect on the competitiveness of the econmy; we need this in order to weaken the argument.

Choice C clearly shows that in many countries with the most competitive economies, parental-leave law has no real effect on the competitiveness of the economy. Since this is true, it is a fact that would weaken the argument.
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Re: New CR : Law requiring companies... [#permalink] New post 09 Dec 2007, 23:47
its_vishalsinha wrote:
A law requiring companies to offer employees unpaid time off to care for their children will harm the economic competitiveness of our nation’s businesses. Companies must be free to set their own employment policies without mandated parental-leave regulations.
Which of the following, if true, would most seriously weaken the conclusion of the argument above?

(A) A parental-leave law will serve to strengthen the family as a social institution in this country.
(B) Many businesses in this country already offer employees some form of parental leave.
(C) Some of the countries with the most economically competitive businesses have strong parental-leave regulations.
(D) Only companies with one hundred or more employees would be subject to the proposed parental-leave law.
(E) In most polls, a majority of citizens say they favor passage of a parental-leave law.


Def. C. nothing else weakens the argument.
Re: New CR : Law requiring companies...   [#permalink] 09 Dec 2007, 23:47
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