Additionally, the U.S.'s 10 public holidays are not guaranteed to come with pay. Statutory PTO combined with public holidays allows international workers over 35 days of paid vacation in countries like the United Kingdom, France, and Spain.
According to the CEPR, many companies in the U.S. do provide an average of 15 days of PTO a year despite not being legally required to do so, but it's a stark contrast to the fact that this amount of days does not even meet the minimum required by law in 19 of the world's wealthiest countries. Even more interestingly, even when employers do offer their American employees PTO, 52% of workers claim they have unused vacation days at the end of each year according to a 2018 Project: Time Off study.
So, is all that extra office time allowing these workers to get ahead? Not necessarily. Studies conducted by Project: Time Off also revealed that workers who used their vacation days were more likely to be promoted, get a raise, or report higher productivity than those who forfeited them.
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