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Democrat: Everyone Should get a Paid Vacation by Law

Florida Democrat - are you surprised? - will introduce a bill that will require all employers with companies of more than 100 employees to give all their employees, both full and part time, one week of paid vacation after they've been employed for one year. He's introducing this now, at a time when our economy is in dire straights, companies are struggling, and unemployment is expected to go up.

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.

The idea: More vacation will stimulate the economy through fewer sick days, better productivity and happier employees.

This would be truly a disaster. Representative Grayson obviously doesn't understand what it takes to keep a business afloat and profitable. Companies are having a hard enough time right now trying to hang on and forcing them to pay for a week's vacation for all of their employees would only make it even that much more difficult. Where does he think companies will get the money to pay for one week of paid vacation for every employee? Pull it out of their butts? Companies would have to lay off even more people in order to pay for it. And you know when companies would probably begin to lay off people? Right before that one year was up.

I'm so tired of Congress being filled with yahoos who don't have any idea what it takes to run a business.


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When will Grayson attempt t... (Below threshold)

When will Grayson attempt to mandate chocolate cake? Because I'll be with him on that one.

I'm sure they're talking ab... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry:

I'm sure they're talking about a minimum of 1 week of vacation for full time employees. I don't know about part time employees, but I think a least two weeks paid vacation for full time employees has been pretty standard for a long time, with long time employees getting 5 or more weeks paid vacation each year.

Maybe I'm wrong, but it seems like a solution looking for a problem.

He thought it up at Disney ... (Below threshold)

He thought it up at Disney World. Truly a Mickey Mouse idea.

Who is he pandering to? "M... (Below threshold)

Who is he pandering to? "More vacation will stimulate the economy through fewer sick days, better productivity and happier employees."
Hate to tell numb-nuts this, but in today's world, it's been my experience; that an overwhelming number of employees get a sick day, they spend a sick day. And does that 'productivity' come before or after the vacation. Just another freaking liberal spouting gibberish in order to make it sound good.

dear nanny state govt.,... (Below threshold)

dear nanny state govt.,

fah q! fah q! fah q!

insurrectionally not yours,


The guy is a complete moonb... (Below threshold)

The guy is a complete moonbat. His district includes Orlando. Maybe he thinks if all these people have a weeks vacation they'll come to Disney.

I doubt he'll be re-elected.

Transformons l'Amérique en ... (Below threshold)
Le Nessman:

Transformons l'Amérique en la France, oui ?

So you have to work at leas... (Below threshold)

So you have to work at least a year to qualify for 1 week of paid vacation. Gee, I wonder what will happen to said employees, say around day 364???

The country needs a vacatio... (Below threshold)

The country needs a vacation from the Democrats.

This country needs a vacati... (Below threshold)

This country needs a vacation from politicians in general.

One real problem is that once a politician gets elected, to STAY elected they've got to Do Something. It's got to be big. It's got to be visible. It's got to have approval of the press. It's got to get approval of the people, whether or not it ever gets implemented.

It does NOT necessarily need to have anything to do with reality as it exists, OR have a positive effect if implemented.

I'm starting to think that Congress should convene 3 months every other year - and be paid accordingly. Remove the money, remove the status, and a lot of the micromanaging jerks that infest DC would disappear.

Plus - there should be no amendments or riders on any bill brought to a vote or passed into law. If it's needed, it should stand on it's own. Tacking something onto a bill should be seen about as healthy and wholesome as volunteering to harbor ticks and leeches. No earmarks - if it's a good idea it'll survive on it's own, and if not it doesn't deserve to live.

Of course, there should be an exception on the time limits in case of true emergencies - but ONLY business bearing on the emergency at hand is to be conducted. Nothing else.

Probably not terribly practical - but can you look at what we're getting NOW and say that it's better? At least we'd get a 21 month respite between legislative sessions to see how things shake out before they start fiddling with stuff again!

Just another step towards e... (Below threshold)

Just another step towards everybody being an independent contractor. Companies won't have employees - just contracts.

I think I,ll take that 10hr... (Below threshold)

I think I,ll take that 10hr vacation w/o pay the state gave me this weekend.

A true Mickey-Mouse idea.</... (Below threshold)
georgfelis Author Profile Page:

A true Mickey-Mouse idea.

Um, most industrialized cou... (Below threshold)
Aaron Dalton:

Um, most industrialized countries in the world already have laws to this effect (mandating X number of weeks of vacation per employee) and it has not spelled the end of their civilizations or their industries.

I don't like government mandates either, but the fact is that Americans are the most overworked people on the planet (according to the statistics I've seen) and our lives are not measurably richer or better than those who work less and get more vacation time.

Just an FYI.






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