Thinking Citizen Blog — Vacation Days: Living to Work vs Working to Live
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Today’s Topic: Vacation Days: Living to Work vs Working to Live
How much paid leave should a worker get? How much of that should a worker take? Who should decide? Apparently, roughly 28 million American workers get no paid leave (either paid vacation or paid public holidays). And 52% of American workers in 2017 did not even take all the paid vacation days they could. The number rose to 55% in 2018. This meant leaving 768 million vacation days on the table. Should the American work ethic be a source of pride or shame or neither? Is it just a fascinating anomaly to be explained? To you which country comes closest to finding the perfect work/life balance? Experts — please chime in. Correct, elaborate, elucidate.
DARKER THE COLOR, MORE MANDATED PAID LEAVE
FRANCE, GERMANY, UK — paid vacation days plus public holidays
1. France: 25 paid vacation days plus 11 public holidays = 36 days of paid leave.
2. Germany: 20 days of paid vacation plus 10 public holidays = 30 days of paid leave.
3. UK: 20 days of paid vacation plus 8. public holidays = 28 days of paid leave.
NB: The country with the highest number of paid public holidays is Iran with 27. Highest number of paid vacation days: Andorra.
SINGAPORE, ISRAEL, JAPAN, MEXICO: paid vacation days plus public holidays
1. Singapore: 7 days of paid vacation, 11 public holidays = 18 days of paid leave
2. Israel: 12 days of paid vacation, 9 public holidays = 21 days of paid leave.
3. Japan: 10 days of paid vacation, 16 public holidays = 26 days of paid leave
NB: Mexico: 6 days of paid vacation, 7 public holidays: 13 days of paid leave.
THE US ANOMALY — No federal or state statutes
1. “Paid leave is at the discretion of the employers to its employees.”
2. “According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, 77% of private employers offer paid vacation to their employees; full-time employees earn on average 10 vacation days after one year of service.”
3. “Similarly, 77% of private employers give their employees paid time off during public holidays, on average 8 holidays per year.”
NB: “Some employers offer no vacation at all. The average number of paid vacation days offered by private employers is 10 days after 1 year of service, 14 days after 5 years, 17 days after 10 years, and 20 days after 20 years.”
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