If Canadians needed more proof that it’s good to be on this side of the border, fresh evidence was provided Friday in the form of a study on paid time off.
Our governments at least had the good sense to mandate two weeks vacation under the law, while workers in the United States are provided zip – as in zero guaranteed vacation time.
“The United States is the only country in the group that does not legally require employers to provide paid annual leave,” a report from the Washington-based Center for Economic and Policy Research says.
The title of the paper, which tracks and compares time off in advanced economies, is No-Vacation Nation, Revisited.
That’s where the favourable comparisions end, however. Compared to EU-member countries, Canadian laws look stingy.
The European Union set a floor of four weeks or 20 days a year in 1993, while “several EU member countries require substantially more than the lower limit established by the EU,” the report said.
France mandates 30 days of paid annual leave; United Kingdom, 28; Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden, 25; and Germany, 24, the report said.
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Source: Center for Economic and Policy Research