Creation of a Law Mandating Minimum Paid Vacation Days sign now

France, 31. Finland, 34. Denmark, 34.

What do these statistics represent? These are the number of government mandated paid vacation days that employers MUST provide their employees with in these countries.

Germany, 34. Austria, 35. Portugal, 35.

Almost every industrialized nation with a strong economy has a similar law save one: The United States.

Spain, 34. Italy, 33. Belgium, 30. UK, 20.

Even countries with similar economies to our own provide the worker with such a benefit. It is provided in Canada (18), Japan (10), Australia (27) as well.

For anyone in America who is already given paid vacation and paid time off from their employer, the employer chooses to provide these days and may legally retract the vacation time whenever they see fit. One-fourth of all Americans do not receive any vacation time at all.

More statistics on vacation times in advanced economic countries can be found at http://www.cepr.net/index.php/publications/reports/no-vacation-nation/

Americans deserve vacation time too.

We the undersigned propose that America should adopt laws giving us a minimum amount of vacation days per year. No one should have to lose money just because they are sick and unable to go to work (if a law was enacted, they could just use a vacation day), or be too poor to enjoy some time off from the job.

We would like to see somewhere between 15 and 20 government mandated paid-time off per year, to be provided even during the first year on the job, and that the number of days will progress over the course of 4 years to the world average of 27.

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