According to a report from the Vacation Equality Project, the U.S. has no government-guaranteed vacation time for its citizens. Do we need this? More than 17,000 Americans say, yes.
Vacation Not for Everyone
The project, backed by Hotels.com (which obviously has a vested interest), points out that while many companies do give employees paid time-off, a reported 1 in 4 workers or 28 million get no paid vacation or paid holidays at all. Note: The information does not state whether these are contract workers or involve full-time or part-time positions.
Some Skip Vacation Days Altogether
As FareCompare CEO and travel expert Rick Seaney noted a couple of years back, “Something like 60 percent leave days-off on the table. Not that we [in the U.S.] get that many to begin with, certainly not compared to Europe.” He’s right.
U.S. vs. Other Countries
According to Vacation Equality Project, the U.S. has zero guaranteed vacation days, and here’s what others have:
Guaranteed Days Off
|28||Russia, United Kingdom|
|25||Austria, Denmark, Finland, Sweden|
Source: Vacation Equality Project
Important note: It’s not clear if the U.S. is only country with zero vacation days; the Vacation Equality Project says it’s the only “advanced economy” with no guaranteed time off. Also, whether people in the other countries listed above take all or even most of the days due them is another question. We don’t know the answer but perhaps some of our readers can enlighten us.