Our society's future is dependent on inspiring and sustaining values-based leaders in our work places as well as within the structures of power that govern our country and the rest of the world. We need to hear more of these stories of ethical leadership instead of the ones that repeatedly and regrettably make our news headlines.
Staples' decision will undoubtedly renew arguments that the ACA's employer mandate has led to harmful effects on work. These arguments, like parallel narratives about min. wage laws and paid sick leave ordinances, are largely inaccurate, and advocates of evidence-based, power-balancing policy are absolutely right to debunk them.
Intriguingly, people don't lie and cheat indiscriminately -- simply because they can get away with it. Even when there is no chance of being found out, people show some level of aversion to acting unethically. They want it both ways: to profit by dishonesty, but also to preserve some sense of themselves as moral beings.