Employers play a key role in making Paid Family Leave available to workers. When a worker needs time off to care for a family member, employers are critical in helping workers learn about and use their paid leave. And employers whose workers have taken advantage of paid leave are overwhelmingly supportive. Most employers report that PFL had either a “positive effect” or “no noticeable effect” on productivity, profitability/performance, turnover, and employee morale.
Paid leave costs the employer nothing. The Employment Development Department (EDD) pays workers on leave a portion of their wages from the California State Disability Insurance fund, which eligible workers pay into.