Paying workers to protest: The controversial trend of social justice benefits

Paying workers to protest: The controversial trend of social justice benefits, by Claudia Cowan.

Since the election, scores of activists have taken to the streets, town halls and rallies to blast President Trump. That’s all with the blessing of their boss thanks to social justice benefits and paid time off work policies that are growing in popularity.

At San Francisco marketing firm Traction, social justice benefits take the form of two so-called “Days of Action” a year.

“They can take part in a protest, they can volunteer for a cause that is meaningful to them,” says CEO Adam Kleinberg. “Civic engagement is a foundation of our democracy, and companies should encourage it.” …

But in the famously left-leaning Bay Area, conservative activists don’t buy it.

It is a risk: Consumers opposed to an official endorsement of protest culture might spend their money elsewhere. …

Most companies give their workers time off to vote, but “this is different – this is going to a new level,” said Scott Dobroski, community expert with employment firm Glassdoor.

A recent Glassdoor survey found more than half of employees believe they should have time off to advocate for social change, regardless of their politics.

“Many employers,” Dobroski said, “are taking note that social change and positive action matters to employees – both in and out of the workplace.”

The new trend in virtue-signalling leftism.

hat-tip Scott of the Pacific