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November 6, 2009

House Considers Employer Paid Sick Days for Flu Bill

Filed under: Electronic Resources — Tags: , — uhlawlibrary @ 1:19 pm

HRhero.com reports that George Miller (D-California), chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee, and Representative Lynn Woolsey (D-California), chair of the Workforce Protections Subcommittee will consider a bill during the week of November 16 that would temporarily require employers to provide paid sick days for employees sent home or told to stay home from work because of the flu. The legislation is called the Emergency Influenza Containment Act and would guarantee five paid sick days for a worker sent home or directed to stay home by an employer for a contagious illness such as the H1N1 flu.  Employees calling in sick on their own wouldn’t trigger the pay requirement. The CDC estimates that a sick worker will infect one in 10 coworkers.  Both San Francisco and Washington, D.C., have enacted paid sick leave laws.

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