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September 4th, 2011
04:41 AM ET

U.S. ranks last in mandated paid vacation

Do you need some time off? You're not alone. The U.S. is seriously lacking the paid vacation department. "Work to Live" Author Joe Robinson explains why to TJ Holmes.

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  1. Edward

    I work at a job that your income is based on how good the shifts you get equals how good your income is (Tipped Employee) – not only do I get any paid time off, when anyone request time off my boss gives you bad shifts leading up to the time off and after returning from the time off. So I don't get paid for my vacation, and I lose money before and after it for taking it. On top of that I never get any kind of raise, no matter how many years I work there, thanks to our local government (In Pennsylvania we get paid $2.83 an hour – the lowest in the country I believe). Also earlier today on CNN I saw a specialist in unemployment say that we really need to save more than 6 months emergency cash, different from what other experts say, you should really have around $50,000 dollars in emergency cash for unemployment – you people at CNN really need to get a reality check most people in this country live on $35,000 dollars or less a year (Guess it would be nice to make a couple $100,000 dollars a year like most of you CNN employees then maybe we could save $50,000 in emergency cash)

    September 4, 2011 at 7:16 pm |
  2. John from Erie, Pa

    Americans are the most productive work force in the world and suffer the most when getting paid time off and healthcare. Big corporations still aren't happy with this situation and continue to ship jobs overseas. Our government needs to start working for the people and stop rewarding companies for their greed.

    September 5, 2011 at 9:49 am |

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