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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 [#permalink]

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27 Dec 2004, 15:48
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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 nationâ€™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: CR - parental-leave regulations [#permalink]

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27 Dec 2004, 18:21
GMATPIPO wrote:
A law requiring companies to offer employees unpaid time off to care for their children will harm the economic competitiveness of our nationâ€™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.

I will go with C assuming the conclusion of the argument is that "A law requiring companies to offer employees unpaid time off to care for their children will harm the economic competitiveness of our nationâ€™s businesses." thus anything that disproves the rationale of this conclusion will of course weaken this conclusion. C it is

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27 Dec 2004, 18:44
I also picked C. But I was not sure why B is wrong. Is it not strong enough?

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27 Dec 2004, 20:37
sureshbala, 'B' does not negate the conclusion which is "Parental leave will harm the economic competitiveness of the nation's business"

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27 Dec 2004, 21:50
I go with C too as it is almost the only one that dealt with "national economic comeptitive" issue

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27 Dec 2004, 23:48
yea... OA is C

i chose B too, but now i realized that it really does not negate the conclusion.... thanks guys !

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