H1N1: Paid Sick Leave Legislation in the Senate

Amarillo, TX - Emergency legislation has been introduced in the Senate that would guarantee paid sick leave for workers affected by seasonal or H1N1 flu. The measure would require that employers give employees up to five paid days if they or a member of their family gets the flu. Senator Chris Dodd says this would help stop the spread of illness because infected workers would be more likely to stay home. And, he says it will benefit parents who need to be home to care for sick children. A similar bill has been introduced in the House of Representatives. Opponents say the proposal puts an expensive burden on employers.