03/18/2010 05:12 am ET Updated Nov 17, 2011

A Notable Bill On Paid Leave Policy

It is fascinating to see the latest paid leave bill from Congressman George Miller. In response to the swine flu epidemic, Rep. Miller has introduced legislation which would require that if businesses told workers to stay at home because they were sick, the businesses had to pay for the sick days at home. The reason this is a notable piece of legislation is that it gives employers the power in the discussion/relationship. Usually when Rep. Miller introduces legislation in this area of policy, he gives workers increased legal authority. However, putting the authority even more on the side of employers is a new move and one that could both upset paid leave advocates on the left and entice Republicans to cosponsor the legislation. Stay tuned....