How does you vacation-time stack up?
-The French receive 30 days/year...by law
-Most other Europeans receive at least 20 days/year
But in the United States, companies are free to dole out...0 days.
That's right...according to a recent Reuters article, "The United States is the only advanced economy in the world that does not guarantee its workers paid vacation days and paid holidays."
28 million working American's don't catch any vacay time. A staggering number. Yet 90% of American employers offer some form of a vacation package to their employees.
Do the math: That would mean that 28 million people are employed by 10% of American businesses. That would seem to mean that small businesses are giving their workers the shaft.
Odds are a law requiring small business owners to pay for vacation days would submarine all but the strongest family franchises.
So we're between the metaphorical rock and hard place. Do we, as a nation, continue down a path that exploits our hard-working citizens? Or do we yank the carpet from out under small business owners?
It just goes to show what a fragile predicament we're in. And all this, in what's considered a world super-power, the U S of A. Makes you think, doesn't it?
Meanwhile a country like Finland offers its residents 30 paid vacation days per year and 9 paid holidays! I've never visited the country, but it's safe to say their small businesses are doing just fine.