What would happen if your employee's spouse gets gravely ill? Would you offer them paid medical leave, or would they have to choose between work or caring for a loved one?

Universal paid medical has been implemented around the world, but it is a controversial topic in the U.S. The United States, Papa New Guinea, Suriname and a handful of micro-nations in the Pacific Ocean do not have paid medical leave. Should the U.S. join most of the developed world by implementing a government-supported program?

In this installment of Serious Business on the Inc. Uncensored podcast, Inc.'s executive editor Kris Frieswick and editor-at-large Kimberly Weisul debate about whether or not the U.S. should enact universal paid family and medical leave. Is paid medical leave a competitive advantage or disadvantage? California has instituted paid medical leave 14 years ago and now 90 percent of California employers say it's either positive or neutral for their business.

Serious Business is sponsored by Salesforce. You can listen to individual episodes of Inc. Uncensored, which is part of the Panoply network, or on iTunes, where you can also subscribe. And let us know who you think won the debate by emailing us at uncensored@inc.com.

Published on: Jul 15, 2016