PUBLIC HOLIDAY AND VACATION POLICY
"Relying on businesses to voluntarily provide paid leave just hasn't worked," he added. "It's a national embarrassment that 28 million Americans don't get any paid vacation or paid holidays."
Intel employees report receiving 3-4 weeks of vacation each year. Employees say the company's "paid sabbatical program is great" — the program can allow workers to take four weeks of paid time off every four years or eight weeks every seven years.
That figure is so high because Americans don't actually take time off that frequently. Use of vacation days are at the lowest point in the past four decades, according to a study by . U.S. workers who had paid time off typically left three vacation days on the table. But if you look just at the of U.S. workers who said they did not plan on taking all their vacation, the average number of unused days jumps to eight. A different found that 13% of Americans did not take any vacation at all.Some countries go even further—France gives its citizens 30 paid vacation days and one holiday, while the United Kingdom mandates 28 days for its workers. Even our close neighbor Canada grants every worker 10 paid vacation days and 9 paid holidays.Still, efforts to expand the number of vacation days Americans enjoy is a welcome move, since the United States remains the only developed country in the world that does not legally mandate any paid vacation or holidays for workers. On average, those with paid time off in the U.S. receive only 13 days of vacation and eight paid holidays, according to the . For most European countries, the legally mandated number of vacations day begins at 20, and the number of paid holidays can reach 13.The United States is the only advanced economy in the world that does not guarantee its workers paid vacation. European countries establish legal rights to at least 20 days of paid vacation per year, with legal requirements of 25 and even 30 or more days in some countries. Australia and New Zealand both require employers to grant at least 20 vacation days per year; Canada and Japan mandate at least 10 paid days off. The gap between paid time off in the United States and the rest of the world is even larger if we include legally mandated paid holidays, where the United States offers none, but most of the rest of the world’s rich countries offer at least six paid holidays per year.Yep, that’s right. In every country included except Canada and Japan (and the U.S.), workers get at least 20 paid vacation days. In France and Finland, they get 30… an entire month off, paid, every year.The United States is the only advanced economy that does not guarantee its workers any paid vacation time, according to a new review of international labor laws by the (CEPR). As a result, almost 1-in-4 Americans do not receive any paid vacation or paid holidays, trailing far behind most of the rest of the world’s rich nations.