Four Weeks Vacation For All

America’s obsession with working long hours at fast speeds with
little rest throughout the year is bringing us down, and former
Labor Secretary Robert Reich, now a professor at Brandeis, is tired
of all the fatigue. Writing on TomPaine.com, Reich makes a
not-so-daring proposal: ‘a federal law requiring that every company
in America give every employee at least four weeks paid vacation
per year.’ Reich reminds us that ‘it’s the law in Europe,’ and
says, ‘a guarantee of four week’s paid vacation here may make
American workers happier and hence even more productive.’ Although
it is counterintuitive, a national vacation policy may prove that,
even in the free market, less is more.
Candace Crocket

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