A bill has been introduced by one of the authors of the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) to require employers to provide up to five paid sick days for employees sent home with the H1N1 influenza.

The emergency measure, which would also extend to sufferers of any other infectious disease, would be the first paid sick leave law on the national statutes.

The author, Representative George Miller (D.-Calif.), said his House Education and Labor Committee would consider the bill during the week of Nov. 16, with a full floor vote coming shortly thereafter.

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