I've noticed on more than one occasion comments such as this one made in mattnoel's post this morning within the US/Patriotism thread: Its also very much the world of america, people dont go outside except to canada and mexico. Why is that? Could it be that we are the only nation out of the long list of major western countries not to have legally mandated vacation days? I read an article in TIME (I don't recall the issue) where many countries have laws requiring it's workforce to receive a minimum number of vacation days-paid even. Wow!! Then this must mean that citizens of the US had at one time grown up with dreams of traveling beyond their borders to see the wonders of far-off lands and experience other cultures.
I am very fortunate being a business owner to have the freedom to travel where and when I choose and have done so. The vast majority of my countrymen do not have this luxury. Sure they can take the time off without pay and no guarantee that their jobs will be there when they return. How many average working people can get time off in the summer months while their children are out of school and spouse or significant other the same days off? I hadn't given it much thought until recently. Congress should be petitioned to amend the fair labor standards law.
No wonder Europeans and others think we're a bunch of Homer Simpsons with the only ambition being to attend the county fair.
Please take some time to read the embedded artice re:Legally Mandated Paid Leave In The United States and Europe. A very interesting read.
Over the last thirty years, vacation days have increased and workweeks have gotten shorter throughout the industrialized world, except in the United States. As a result American workers now work more hours per year than any other workers in the industrialized world.
Across Europe, there is a serious commitment to ensuring that workers have a significant amount of paid time off. A statute of the European Union actually requires that all workers have at least four weeks of paid leave per year. Most E.U. countries have even higher levels of mandatory paid leave (see table
Sorry about the error. The embedded page shows up if you scroll down.