No Vacation Nation - Revisited by the Center for Economic Policy and Research

By Rebecca Ray, Milla Sanes, and John Schmitt

May, 2013 - Outside of the profession, there are bigger questions of how we compare with other countries and their support of paid breaks. "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." This report is an update to the original report published by the same authors in 2011 with the same title.