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U.S. trails Europe on paid vacation time

Austrian workers get 22 vacation days, 13 holidays, and a month’s pay to help with vacation expenses.
Austrian workers get 22 vacation days, 13 holidays, and a month’s pay to help with vacation expenses.

[THE WASHINGTON POST]

Oh, to be Austrian.

On a weekend when thoughts officially turn to summer, fruity cocktails and ways to skip work, it is an apt time to remember: Not everyone is able to laze around on Memorial Day.

Or looking forward to a vacation at all.

Or getting paid for whatever time off they do receive.

In its latest update on vacation and holiday rules among developed countries, the Center for Economic Policy and Research notes that the United States remains alone as the only rich nation without legally mandated vacations for employees, and with no requirement that official holidays come with extra pay and a compensating day off.

Read more about how much paid vacation time workers in other countries get at The Washington Post.

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