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The U.S. is No Vacation Nation...Here's What a Mandate Might Look Like

Should the U.S. Mandate Paid Time Off?

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Should the U.S. Mandate Paid Time Off? Features Editor Kathryn Vasel details what a paid vacation mandate might look like in the U.S.

Workers in the European Union get at least 20.

Canadian and Japanese employees get at least 10.

Americans get zero.

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A recent study released by the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) shows the U.S. is the only advanced economy that doesn’t legally guarantee paid vacation and holiday time for workers. Without the requirement, nearly one in four Americans has no paid time off.

Of course, many employers offer paid time off as part of benefit packages to lure top talent, with CEPR, a Washington-based nonprofit, reporting private-sector workers get an average of 10 paid vacation days and six paid holidays a year.

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