AuthorVan Giezen, Robert W.
TitlePaid Leave in Private Industry Over the Past 20 Years
SeriesBeyond the Numbers, Pay and Benefits, Vol. 2 #18, Aug 2013.
PublisherUS Bureau of Labor Statistics
CommentsCompares the amount of vacation, sick leave, and holidays available to American workers in 2012 with twenty years before. Similar percentages of the work force got leave in both periods. However, vacation days increased slightly, but not as much as holidays and sick leave declined. If it is presumed that the need for sick leave did not change, a loss of sick leave meant having to use vacation time for illness. Thus the data shows a lowering of between 2 and 7 days of time off per year, depending on length of service.