Get paid to stay home sick with the flu? You will if lawmakers have their way

Swine flu
Swine flu

Everyone from President Obama to your office mate wants you to stay home sick at the first flu-like symptom. And now, if some lawmakers have their way, workers nursing H1N1 symptoms will be paid to stay home - whether they've got sick days accrued or not.

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has been leading the charge since September, lobbying for the scores of flu-plagued New Yorkers to get paid to stay home sick. That's because nearly two-thirds of New York City's work force is without paid sick days. And their over-stretched budget trumps their fever, causing them to drag themselves - and their flu-like symptoms - into work.