Summer vacation season will soon be upon us, and that means it’s time to dust off your company’s time-off policy.
The United States is the only industrialized nation that has no minimum paid-leave law. About 77% of U.S. workers receive some combination of paid holidays or vacation time, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That means almost a quarter of U.S. workers have no paid leave and no paid public holidays.
Several weeks of vacation is standard in much of the rest of the world. In Australia, employers are required to provide 20 days off per year. France requires a minimum of 25 days, Germany mandates 24 and the United Kingdom requires 20. Even China requires a minimum vacation time of 15 days.
Take off … please!
Recent studies have shown that many employees aren’t even taking the time off they do have. Many Americans routinely skip vacations, handing back to employers more than $21 billion in unused vacation ti...(register to read more)
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