September 30, 2003 - Posted at: 12:15am
Jonesboro, AR -- Most Americans would be upset to learn that residents of Australia and many European countries are required by law to get 4 to 5 weeks of vacation each year. Frustrating facts considering some living in the United States don't get one day off until they've worked at their company for a year.
'Work to Live' is the name of a group that's lobbying congress to give Americans a minimum paid-leave law. They're asking for 3 weeks of vacation for anyone who has worked at a job for a year; increasing to 4 weeks after 3 years.
They say the security will allow Americans to enjoy themselves when they're not working. Something some of Doctor George DeRoeck's clients aren't able to do.
"I think a big part of it in this area has to deal with fear: apprehension about losing their job, about not being able to make the bills," DeRoeck added.
Negotiating time off is something he encourages his patients to do when they're applying for a new job.