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Unfinished BusinessPaid Family Leave in California and the Future of U.S. Work-Family Policy$
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Ruth Milkman and Eileen Appelbaum

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780801452383

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801452383.001.0001

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Paid Family Leave and California Business

Paid Family Leave and California Business

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Unfinished Business

Ruth Milkman

Eileen Appelbaum

Cornell University Press

This chapter turns to the impact of the paid family leave (PFL) program on employers. Companies have easily adapted to the implementation of PFL over the past decade, and their widely voiced concerns about the abuse of and negative effects on productivity and profitability have proven to be almost entirely unwarranted. In fact, many employers have experienced cost savings as a result of PFL. The new program indirectly subsidizes employers who previously provided other forms of wage replacement during family leaves, insofar as their employees draw on the state's PFL benefits instead. Only a few employers have experienced additional costs as a result of the introduction of PFL, but even they have benefited from improved worker morale and reduced turnover.

Keywords:   PFL program, employers, productivity, profitability, wage replacement, worker morale, paid family leave

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