Fundamentally a new mother is faced with a choice between taking care of her new infant or facing a financial crisis. ....Tucker, a Democrat, said the bill could cost the state $350,000 a year in paid leave. Sounds like family values legislation to me. Alas, his bill died in a Senate committee in 2015 because of the opposition of four conservative Republicans — John Cooper, Gary Stubblefield, Scott Flippo and Cecile Bledsoe (wife of a doctor and mother of the state surgeon general).
Employers often make the investment back that they put in because on the one hand employee productivity and morale goes up and also absenteeism and turnover goes down.