“To take or not to take….time off that is” By Kira

You must be looking at your calendar and thinking, “Is it worth taking 2 work weeks off to travel to…? Or should I save my days for something else?” If you are like me, every PTO day is precious. Between having a sick child, personal illness, a sick nanny, and an occasional trip, I find myself holding onto to the last few precious hours I have of PTO.

Employers know that their employees need a break once in a while. That is why companies in the US offer paid time off (PTO) in the form of vacation days, holidays, personal leave, and sick leave. Depending on the company and length of service the average in the US can range anywhere from 14-18 days. Sadly, there is no statutory entitlement. If you are fortunate to have PTO, this numberndoes not compare to the Vacation, Holiday and Personal Leave days allotted (by law) in Europe.

  • United Kingdom: A worker’s statutory entitlement is 20 days excluding public holidays. This is a minimum entitlement. This does not include personal illness.
  • Netherlands: A worker’s statutory entitlement is 20 days excluding public holidays. This is a minimum entitlement. This does not include personal illness. Workers are also entitled to a holiday allowance. This comes to a minimum of 8 percent of your gross wages.
  • Ireland: A worker’s statutory entitlement is 20 days excluding public holidays. This is a minimum entitlement. There is no legal entitlement to sick leave; generally, it is at the discretion of the employer.
  • France: Every employee has the right to paid holidays (2.5 working days per month worked) that equals out to 30 days paid per year. This does not include public holidays and personal illness. Employers can also provide additional paid holidays.
  •  Germany: A worker’s statutory entitlement is 24 days excluding public holidays. This is a minimum entitlement.
  • Norway: A worker’s statutory entitlement is 25 days excluding public holidays. This is a minimum entitlement.

Even the US PTO standards are not as strong; do not be too discouraged by the above. I still would not hold on to your PTO too long; go ahead and book that trip!

SOURCES:

http://europa.eu/youreurope/business/managing-business/managing-staff/france/index_en.htm

http://europa.eu/youreurope/business/managing-business/managing-staff/ireland/index_en.htm

http://europa.eu/youreurope/business/managing-business/payingtaxes/netherlands/index_en.htm

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