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Thursday, May 21, 2009

Mandating Paid Vacation

(UPDATED) Didn't mean to play name that party. Grayson is a Democrat representing Orlando.

It's been a long time coming, but we're finally here. A Member of Congress now wants to force businesses to pay their employees to take vacations, according to Politico:
Rep. Alan Grayson was standing in the middle of Disney World when it hit him: What Americans really need is a week of paid vacation.

So on Thursday, the Florida Democrat will introduce the Paid Vacation Act — legislation that would be the first to make paid vacation time a requirement under federal law.

The bill would require companies with more than 100 employees to offer a week of paid vacation for both full-time and part-time employees after they’ve put in a year on the job. Three years after the effective date of the law, those same companies would be required to provide two weeks of paid vacation, and companies with 50 or more employees would have to provide one week.
I don't think it's a great idea, but we should do everything we can to replicate the French economic miracle.

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