Radio Times

The argument for paid vacations – the policy and quality of life implications

August 25, 2010


Hour 2

The United States is the only advanced economy that does not guarantee its workers any paid vacation or holidays. In this hour of Radio Times we look at how the U.S. lags behind other countries in mandating paid vacations and  why vacation are important for physical and mental health, family life, productivity, creativity and personal well-being.  We’re joined by JOHN SCHMITT from the Center for Economic and Policy Research , author of  the report No Vacation Nation and JOHN deGRAAF,  national coordinator of Take Back Your Time.  Then, WILLIAM POWERS, author of Hamlet’s Blackberry, talks about the  challenges of “unplugging.”

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