Senate proposal to require paid sick days in response to H1N1

Washington, D.C. (HawaiiNewsNow) - The U.S. Senate is listening to a proposal today that could help people receive paid time off for sick days. The move comes in response to the H1N1 flu.

Lawmakers fear people with the virus won't call in sick if they don't get paid.

The proposal applies to companies with more than 15 workers and only when a worker is told to stay home. It would require that employers give employees up to five paid days if they or a member of their family gets the flu.

A similar bill has been introduced in the House.

Opponents say the proposal puts an expensive burden on employers.