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Charlotte Talks

The No-Vacation Nation

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The No-Vacation Nation The United States is the only country with an advanced economy that doesn't have a law requiring employers to guarantee paid time off or holidays for their workers. Americans get less vacation time than our European counterparts, and in addition, take less of those given vacation days that people in European countries. Why is America a "no-vacation nation"? Why do workers in Europe take 3, 4, even 5 weeks off at a time without a worry of what's happening back at the office? We'll talk about the cultural, and legal differences in how we view vacation and leisure time here and around the world. Guests Howard Aldrich - Professor of Sociology and Chair of the Dept. of Sociology at UNC Chapel Hill John de Graaf - National coordinator of Take Back Your Time, a US/ Canadian organization advocating for paid leave for all workers Add and read comments