Swine flu sows seeds for paid sick leave bills

Swine flu sows seeds for paid sick leave bills

As the H1N1 flu sweeps across the country, the number of paid sick leave bills being considered in city, state and federal legislatures is mounting as lawmakers try to ensure ill workers take time off to recuperate.

The bills—three of which are pending at the federal level—are intended to slow the virus’ spread, but restaurant operators, already hamstrung by the economic downturn, are fighting the measures, which they claim would hurt their businesses further by forcing them to pay

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