- Posted Apr 18, 2017 at 10:38 PM PDT
It’s widely known that Americans rank low when it comes to how many vacations days per year we get AND take, compared to other developed countries. On average, Americans get 2 weeks of vacation – and it’s not required by law that employers pay employees during vacation days. In Australia, it’s common to get a total of 4 weeks of paid vacation plus 10 holidays, Brazilians get 22 days of paid vacation on average, and the French get 5-9 weeks of paid vacation per year. Japan has an average of 10 vacation days but those are guaranteed paid days off, unlike the US where it is up to employers to decide if vacations are paid or not. Numerous studies have shown that taking vacations increase focus, relieve stress and lower risk for heart disease. But it is reasonable to expect all employers to pay for employee time off? Share your thoughts in the comments.