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 PAID TIME OFF IN THE US  
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 Zack Guzman 
 August 15, 2018
CNBC
[https://www.cnbc.com/2018/08/15/statista-how-far-behind-us-is-in-paid-time-off-compared-to-the-world.html]


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 _ This chart shows how far behind America is in paid time off
compared to the rest of the world _ 

 Anthony Michael Hall, Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, and Dana Barron
waving from car in a scene from the film 'Vacation', 1983., Warner
Brothers | Getty Images 

 

Compared to the amount of paid time off afforded to workers in other
countries, American employees are woefully undercompensated.

In fact, the U.S. is the only advanced economy that doesn't guarantee
its workers any paid vacation time. And as a result, a quarter of the
country's private-sector workers don't receive any time off at all,
according to the Center for Economic and Policy Research
[http://cepr.net/documents/publications/nvn-summary.pdf] (CEPR).

A chart recently compiled by Statista
[https://www.statista.com/chart/15005/statutory-minimum-paid-leave-and-public-holidays/]
journalist Niall McCarthy, citing data from the Organisation for
Economic Co-operation and Development, illustrates just how wide the
discrepancy in vacation days actually is between the U.S. and the rest
of the world.

A total of more than 30 days of vacation time allotted to workers in
France, Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom stands in stark contrast
to the 10 public holidays in the U.S., which are not guaranteed to
come with pay.

And even though some companies provide paid time off for employees in
the U.S., the average vacation time (15 days a year, according to
CEPR) does not meet the minimum amount required by law in 19 of the
world's richest countries.

As Center for Economic and Policy Research senior economist John
Schmitt writes, "Relying on businesses to voluntarily provide paid
leave just hasn't worked. It's a national embarrassment that 28
million Americans don't get any paid vacation or paid holidays."

If there is a silver lining for vacation days in the U.S., it's that
more people are using them. American workers took an average of just
over 17 days of vacation in 2017, the highest level in seven years,
according to a study from campaign group Project: Time Off
[https://www.cnbc.com/2018/05/09/vacation-use-by-us-workers-hits-highest-level-for-7-years.html].

That's good news for the employees taking the time they have been
afforded; corresponding studies from Project: Time Off have shown that
workers who used their vacation days were more likely to be promoted
than those who forfeited them.
[https://www.cnbc.com/2017/05/24/people-who-take-vacations-are-more-likely-to-get-a-raise.html]

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