Travaglini talked about California’s law, which has similar benefits but only covers 6 weeks and 55% of salary. He said it has been so successful and popular that Governor Schwartzenegger, who initially said he would try to repeal it, dropped his opposition. So far, according to Travaglini, only 1%-2% of California workers have taken advantage of paid leave, which indicates that the expense will be relatively small and fraud not a major problem. According to estimates by the group who worked on this proposal, the actual cost would average $1.50-$2.00/week per worker.
Travaglini referred to research that shows that having paid family leave reduces employee turnover, and increases productivity. He presented it as “trading risk” in exchange for the weekly, positioning this as an insurance program, similar in concept to Social Security in my opinion. It fills in the smaller spaces that Social Security left uncared for.