Massachusetts state law provides:
When the board of health of a town shall deem it necessary, in the
interest of the public health, to require a resident wage earner to
remain within such house or place or otherwise to interfere with the
following of his employment, he shall receive from such town during
the period of his restraint compensation to the extent of three
fourths of his regular wages;
provided, that the amount so received shall not exceed two dollars for each working day.
Thanks to Chas. Owens for bringing this to my attention. The cartoon
panel is taken from Webcomic Name.
I wonder when this law was enacted? The web site does not say.