As the H1N1 virus continues to spread across the United States Congress is now considering "emergency legislation" to guarantee workers paid sick leave.
Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., unveiled his idea at a subcommittee hearing on Tuesday.
The proposal would award paid sick days for people affected with seasonal or swine flu, or people who are taking care of family members who are infected.
The Centers for Disease Control said if you have H1N1 flu, you should stay home 24 hours after your fever breaks, and that may mean missing three to five days of work.
Some small business owners contend that for them, taking time off from work just isn't an option.
A similar "sick-pay" measure is proposed in the House.