Here are in a word format the 12 reasons posted in support of Alan Grayson's HR2096 Paid Vacation Act of 2013 Bill (pdf). Unfortunately he did not provide the sources. A work in progress...
1. according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics each year the average American works one month (160 hours) more today than in 1976;
2. job-related stresscosts business $344 billion a year in absenteeism, lost productivity, and health costs;
3. some 75 percent of visits to primary care physicians come from stress-induced problems;
4. 147 countries require paid vacation leave and the United States is the only industrialized Nation without a minimum annual leave law;
5. one of the fastest growing economies in the world, China, requires 3 weeks off for employees which they call ‘‘Golden Weeks’’;
6. Canada requires 2 weeks off for all employees, and 3 weeks off for employees with 5 years or more with one employer;
7. the Pew Research Center says more free time is the number one priority for middle-class Americans—with 68 percent of those surveyed listed this as a high priority for them;
8. in 2008, about half (52 percent) of American workers took a vacation of a week or longer, and only 14 percent of American workers took 2 weeks or more for vacation;
9. men who don’t take regular vacations are 32 percent more likely to die of heart attacks, and 21 percent more likely to die early of all causes;
10. women who don’t take regular vacations have a 50 percent greater risk of heart attack, and are twice as likely to be depressed as those who do;
11. the travel industry adds $740 billion a year to the Nation’s economy, while stress and burnout at work cost the economy over $300 billion a year;
12. vacations allow workers and businesses to increase productivity, decrease stress-related health costs, and provide time for family strengthening and bonding.
Beginning on the date of enactment of the Paid Vacation Act of 2013,
an eligible employee of an employer that employs 100 or more employees at any time during a calendar year shall be entitled to a total of ONE workweek of paid vacation during each 12-month period.
Beginning on the date that is 3 years after the date of enactment of the Paid Vacation Act of 2013, an eligible employee of an employer that employs 50 or more employees at any time during a calendar year shall be entitled to a total of ONE workweek of paid vacation during each 12-month period, and an eligible employee of an employer that employs 100 or more employees shall be entitled to
a total of 2 workweeks of paid vacation during each 12-month period, beginning on that eligible employee’s first anniversary of employment.
An eligible employee shall provide the employer with not less than 30 days’ notice, before the date the paid vacation under paragraph (1) or (2) is to begin, of the
employee’s intention to take paid vacation under such paragraph, and identify the date such paid vacation shall begin.
For purposes of this subsection—
(A) the term ‘eligible employee’ means an employee who has been employed for at least months by the employer with respect to whom leave is requested under paragraph (1) or (2) and for at least 1,250 hours of service with such employer during such 12-month period; and
(B) the term 1 workweek of ‘paid vacation' means vacation time, in addition to and apart from sick leave and any leave otherwise required by law, to be taken in a continuous series or block of work days comprising 7 calendar days that cannot be rolled over, but must be used within the 12-month period.
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