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Topic # 240389 5-Sep-2018 18:51
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In case you don't know, there's no law that a US company has to offer any vacation, or even paid sick-time.

Even large US companies will occasionally offer 1 week or less vacation. Blue collars workers often get none.

Others will combine sick leave and vacation time into one bucket: get sick lose vacation.

So here's a (rare) benefit I've come across: "paid-to-play" vacation

"These US companies offer paid vacation ... and pay for your vacation"

"U.S. workers have become notoriously bad about taking all their paid vacation days.
But some employers have sweetened the pot to encourage their staff to not only take their time but often expand their horizons, too.

Roughly 3% of employers offer their staff a 'vacation stipend' on top of their regular pay when they take time off, according to a 2016 benefits survey from the Society for Human Resource Management.

The stipend can come in the form of cold hard cash or direct reimbursement for travel and lodging expenses.

Either way, consider your vacation subsidized."

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  Reply # 2084495 5-Sep-2018 19:00
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You often hear about this with US companies but I've never seen it. Everyone I know working in the US receives ~4 weeks of annual vacation and is encouraged to take it. Granted my sample size is small, but not that small.

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  Reply # 2084530 5-Sep-2018 20:07
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I'm guessing you've been with the company a long time, and that;' vacation + sick time combined.

The most I've ever seen is for a just-hired was 3 weeks combined sick and vacation time.

Today I saw a high skilled IT position in San Francisco advertising one week vacation, but only after one year's completion.

From "Here's how many paid vacation days the typical American worker gets "

One reason for this is that American companies offer fewer vacation days. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 76 percent of private industry workers (who make up 84.7 percent of all workers) receive paid vacation days. After one year of employment, these workers were granted 10 days of paid vacation, on average.

This number grows modestly as years of tenure with an employer increase. In 2017, the average worker with five years of experience at a company was given 15 days of paid vacation and the average worker with 20 years of experience was given 20 paid vacation days.

What’s more, according to a study from the U.S. Travel Association’s Project Time Off, 52 percent of Americans didn’t even use all of their vacation days in 2017."


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  Reply # 2090991 15-Sep-2018 10:26
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The US is an absolute dumpster-fire of labour relations. The only thing we can learn from them is how not to do things. 

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