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A law requiring companies to offer employees unpaid time off to care

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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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A. A parental-leave law will serve to strengthen the family as a social institution in this country. -> irrelevant, here what the problem concerns about is the competitiveness of their nation's business
B. Many businesses in this country already offer employees some form of parental leave. -> the law requires to offer employees unpaid time off so if some form of parental leave is not unpaid leave, the businesses must change their regulations to comply with the law -> still no freedom
C. Some of the countries with the most economically competitive businesses have strong parental-leave regulations. -> seems good, this choice proves regulations donot harm the competitiveness
D. Only companies with one hundred or more employees would be subject to the proposed parental-leave law -> what if companies with one hundred or more employees account for the large proportion of nation's businesses?
E. In most polls, a majority of citizens say they favor passage of a parental-leave law -> irrelevant, what citizens say may not effect the competitiveness

So C
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IMO C: Some of the countries with the most economically competitive businesses have strong parental-leave regulations.

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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Argument: Parental leaves harm nation's businesses.
Any option which would say opposite of the above argument will weaken the same.

Option C clearly says, the countries which are economically competitive have strong parental-leave regulation
--> Implies that parental-leaves do not harm the competitiveness of busniesses

IMO Option C
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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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[prem] Law requiring comps to offer parental leave will harm the nations business competitiveness;
[con] Comps must set their own parental policies.

WEAKEN
A. irrelevant, this doesn't say that strengthening the family means more a competitive nation;
B. if many offer some form of leave, then this could strengthen the fact that comps should set their own policies;
D. irrelevant;
E. irrelevant;

Ans (C) If some with the MOST competitive businesses have strong regulations, then there must be something flawed in the argument.
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Conclusion: New law should not be enforced on companies. Choice should be left to the companies
So, the authors concludes this because this new law will harm economic competitiveness and hence shouldn't be enforce.....but weaken statement should support that its not going to effect economic competitiveness...........C clearly does that.....


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The right answer is option C.

Cause: Mandated parental leave regulations.
Effect: Harm the economic competitiveness of our nation's businesses.
Conclusion: Companies must be free to set their own employment policies without mandated parental-leave regulations.

What about if some of the nations that have strong economic competitiveness also have mandatory parental leave regulations. That would mean that the conclusion drawn above is weakened in that mandated parental leave regulations do not necessarily rob a nation's businesses of their competitiveness. This is exactly what option C states, hence the answer has to be option C in my opinion.
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C. Substantiate to weaken the conclusion.
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Given : Law requiring mandated parental leave is detrimental to the economics of the companies. Therefore it should be taken off.

Presumption : What if by taking off the parental leave, the economics of the companies even worsens? The author sounds as if parental law has no advantages. What if the citizens start to leave the company if parental law is removed.

A. A parental-leave law will serve to strengthen the family as a social institution in this country.
Doesnt show relation to business' performance.
B. Many businesses in this country already offer employees some form of parental leave.
We are not concerned about the current condition.
C. Some of the countries with the most economically competitive businesses have strong parental-leave regulations.
We are not concerned about the current condition but rather what is correct.
D. Only companies with one hundred or more employees would be subject to the proposed parental-leave law.
This talks only about a subsect of the companies.
E. In most polls, a majority of citizens say they favor passage of a parental-leave law.
Correct if citizens favor , then removal of parental leave law could have negative consequences.

Answer is E
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