I was commenting to a friend (yes i do have one and he is not imaginary) that we have members all over the world but the USA, the largest English speaking country in the world seems to have the lowest number of people joining Christian House Sitters.
My friend kindly sent me a paper called “European Economic and Employment Policy Brief” By Rebecca Ray and John Schmitt ISSN 1782‐2165 published by ETUI-REHS which is financially supported by the European Commission and the following is an extract
Average annual working hours are substantially shorter in European countries and elsewhere in the world’s advanced economies than they are in the United States. One important reason for the difference is that workers in the United States are less likely to receive paid annual leave and paid public holidays, and those U.S. workers that do receive paid time off generally receive far less than their counterparts in comparable economies.
This report reviews the most recently available data from a range of national and international sources on statutory requirements for paid leave and paid public holidays in 21 rich countries (16 European countries, Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, and the United States). In addition to our finding that the United States is the only country in the group that does not require employers to provide paid leave, we note that almost every other rich country has also established legal rights to paid public holidays over and above paid leave.
Members of the European Union and other European countries analyzed here all establish a legal right to at least 20 days of paid leave per year, with legal requirement of 25 and even 30 or more days in some countries.
Australia and New Zealand both require employers to grant at least 20 paid-leave days per year. Canada and Japan mandate at least 10 paid days off.
The United States is the only advanced economy in the world that does not guarantee its workers paid leave.
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 public holidays, where the United States offers none, but most of the rest of the world’s
rich countries offer between five and 13 paid public holidays per year.
That is really shocking!
There is so much solid research showing the benefits of a vacation. Benefits to both the employer and the employee. I will not repeat it all here but if you are interested please refer to some of my previous posts such as
Wherever you live and work we can make your vacation easier to afford.
Some of the biggest costs associated with a vacation are the price of accommodation and the price of having someone look after your own home and pets while you are away. Through Christian House Sitters these are made available FREE OF CHARGE.
Have a look at the website for further details. CLICK HERE
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