What Do You Think About the Proposed Paid Vacation Act?

| 7/16/2009 10:52:34 AM

Route 66On May 21, Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) introduced the Paid Vacation Act of 2009, HR 2564, in an effort to guarantee paid vacation time for employees that work 25 hours a week or more. (Note: Tourism is Florida’s largest business, according to Grayson’s website.) Without the Paid Vacation Act, the United States is currently the only industrialized nation without a minimum annual leave law. From the U.S. Department of Labor website:

“The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) does not require payment for time not worked, such as vacations, sick leave or federal or other holidays. These benefits are matters of agreement between an employer and an employee (or the employee's representative).”

The Paid Vacation Act would require companies with 100 employees or more to offer a week of paid vacation for employees that work 25 hours a week or more (or 1,250 hours a year, including both full-time and part-time employees) after they’ve worked at the company for a year. Beginning three years after the law goes into effect, those same companies would be required to provide two weeks of paid vacation. At that same time, employees at companies with 50 or more employees would be entitled to one week paid vacation.

Supporters of the bill argue that regular vacations improve health and productivity. One of the opponents’ arguments is that such a law would encourage employers to hire fewer workers.

What do you think about a law that requires companies to provide a minimum annual paid leave? Would you support it?


7/30/2009 6:49:52 PM

WHY IS THIS COUNTRY TRYING SO HARD TO BE LIKE EUROPE! Isn't that what our founding fathers tried so hard to get away from? Yes, other countries have mandatory payed vacation, government health plans, and other "wonderfull" freebies for the people. But, what do they pay for it. These things don't come cheap. Higher taxes, fewer freedoms. That is what it costs. These types of government interference will only kill this country. And, they are well on their way. Small businesses like my husbands will close down. Larger businesses will either cut back on employees or only higher those that will work "under the table". Is this what the people want? I personally am tired of the "Intitlement" attitude. We are all Intitled to 3 things, Life, Liberty, and the Persute of Happiness. That's it! If you want paid vacations, health care and other perks that are often provided by employers, then work for them. Do what needs to be done to earn them. Work for the companies that offer them. But, don't make it mandatory for the companies in this country to give them to everyone. Not everyone deserves them. Not everyone earns them. And, there are plenty of people coming over from other countries that will glady take your place and not take the vacations, etc... Government is getting too big for their britches. My husband and I are working on becoming as independent as we can because of the government. Homeschooling our son, growing our own foods, setting up systems to make our own electricity, etc... We don't want the government handouts. And, we don't want the price that comes with it. We are perfectly capable of taking care of ourselves and choosing how we want to live. If we want a payed vacation, well, we'll just save up our money, and pay ourselves. One note concerning government plans. This is not pointed at people who can't care for themselves, i.e. disabled, ederly and children. But, we should also think of what we

virginia abel
7/26/2009 4:52:23 PM

I am a IBEW Union worker and I think ALL employers should have to offer a paid vacation for the normal hours an employee works. Employers often keep people " part time " so they don't have to offer ANY benefits. I feel these practices should be regulated.

Joshua Jones
7/24/2009 4:02:33 PM

Forest I understand that education makes up so much and experience is what matters. Many places these days wont take you if you don't have an education. Many people get an education so they may have the option to gain experience. The problem: There aren't many opportunities for today's generation as there were years ago. Even if someone were to want something badly, there are still other people who want the same thing badly and opportunities are still scarce. These days, if it's not on paper, it doesn't count. As for opportunities I served 5 years in the Army. I was in Iraq and I did search and rescue in New Orleans. I had a great job and then I was medically discharged. I have Reynaud's/Vasculitis with other connective tissue disorders. It nearly killed me on numerous occasions while in service.. I couldn't hide it anymore. I'm limited to what I can do by this condition. Not only this but I have terrible credit because I didn't have a job to be able to support my change in lifestyle. I can't get a loan. The jobs that are open that I can physically withstand are scarce and requires schooling that I cannot afford (even with the GI Bill). I don't have healthcare minus what the VA can give me on the condition that is unmanageable. That's not even the worst of it. I'm doing everything I can and opportunities come far from each other. I'm sure that I'm not the only one suffering. Not every region of the country is hospitable and has opportunities. I do fail to see how it affects people with an adjusted income of over $85k a year because I can not find the bill anymore in the library of congress to review it again and I do not see this as any issue being brought up on the accredited political sites. The act is in place to stimulate the economy and to make people happy. It's only a week to two weeks per year.

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