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No Vacation Nation

05.31.10

No Vacation Nation
Written by Nicole Woo

CEPR’s kicking off the summer vacation season with an appearance by CEPR Senior Economist John Schmitt on CBS Sunday Morning this weekend (click here for airtimes). He’ll be talking about paid vacation and holidays in the United States ## or lack thereof.

In No Vacation Nation, CEPR finds that we’re the only advanced nation that doesn’t guarantee its workers and paid vacation or holidays. In fact, 1 in 4 U.S. workers do not receive any paid holidays or vacation ## see the grim picture below.

(See chart at the article link on bottom of this post)

But it’s not just vacation. CEPR research shows that the United States comes in last when when it comes to paid sick days and paid parental leave as well. And while some argue that paid leave leads to less competitive economies, CEPR also finds that paid sick days don’t cause unemployment rates to rise…….

Read the rest of article at link below:

http://www.cepr.net/index.php/blogs/cepr-blog/no-vacation-nation/

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