HOLIDAYS & VACATION in Germany and USA
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HOLIDAYS & VACATION in Germany and USA


Welcome to 2016! A brand new year has just
begun, so what time is it now in Germany? Time for everyone to look at their calendars,
figure out when and where the holidays fall this year, and then strategically plan out
their vacations around these days off. Hey everyone! I’m Dana and you’re watching
Wanted Adventure Living Abroad. In Germany there is actually only one national
public holiday and that would be October 3, German Unity Day. All of the other holidays
are technically determined state by state, although many of them, such as Christmas and
New Year’s Day are celebrated by all the states. The state with the most public holidays is
here in Bavaria, where I live, with a total of 13 holidays. Saarland and Baden-Württemberg
come in at a close second with 12, but 9 is the minimum. And of course we all feel so
bad for you if you live in one of the states with only 9. In the U.S. it gets a little bit more complicated.
So you’ve got some people who are working for the government and then you have these
so-called private sector workers, which are people who work for all the stores and companies
that are not governmental. The people who work for the government have certain holidays
off mandated by the government, and I believe that’s 10 days. The private sector workers are actually not
guaranteed any paid holidays off by law, but most U.S. businesses also observe about 6
to 10 holidays during the year, just depending on the company. The funny thing is that a
good handful of the paid days off given by the government are different from the private
sector days off. Doesn’t really help for planning a vacation with your family, but
at least they’re days off! And then, like here in Germany, there are
also state specific days off, such as yay! Rosa Parks Day in California and, oh I’m
so embarrassed to say, Lee-Jackson day in Virginia, which honors two of the Civil War
Confederate leaders, who fought to continue slavery. An interesting thing is, if you look at the
holidays in Germany and the U.S., you will quickly see a stark difference. Except for
New Year’s Day, German Unity Day, and Labor Day, all the German holidays are Christian
religious days off, whereas in the U.S. the only religious holiday is Christmas. The other
ones, for example Labor Day, Independence Day, Presidents’ Day, are all non-religious
holidays. Another interesting thing that I totally miss
and was just completely shocked to find out didn’t happen here in Germany, is that in
the U.S. if a public holiday falls on a Saturday or a Sunday, you still get a day off of work
on the Friday or the Monday. So for example, in 2016, December 25 will fall on a Sunday.
Boo! But in the U.S. it’s no a big deal because people will simply get off on Monday to make up for the fact that the holiday fell on a weekend. But something that I definitely prefer here in
Germany is the number of paid vacation days people are guaranteed in addition to the public
paid holidays. 24! People here are guaranteed a minimum of 24 paid vacation days off. That is
just so amazingly wonderful. In the U.S. there is actually no overall,
country-wide guarantee of paid vacation days. But in most offices you earn your vacation.
So after working for a year you’ve earned so and so many days off, maybe 6 or 10. And
after three years perhaps you’ve earned 14 days off. It’s different from company to company. Another difference is that in the U.S., and
again this depends on your company, but you can often carry over your vacation to the
next year. So, theoretically, you could save up your vacation from year to year, but then
at some point there’s also a maximum number of days you can carry over and take off in
a row. And in many places you can also sell your vacation days back to the company for
moolah. So if you didn’t use your vacation days by the end of the year, you can cash
out and the company will pay you for every vacation day that you didn’t use. And it’s been my experience that there’s
also a different feeling and attitude when it comes to taking vacation in the U.S. and
in Germany. In Germany taking vacation is not only allowed but it’s, it’s encouraged
or even mandatory. When I worked for a company here in Germany my boss, for example, started
sending me emails around September kind of berating me for not using all my vacation yet,
pushing me to schedule in my last days. Whereas in the U.S., in many companies, I’ve
found, that there’s this attitude that not taking vacation somehow shows that you’re
more committed to the job. People are often praised for not taking vacation, as though
it makes them a more dedicated employee than slacker Bob over there who took all his vacation
this year. Clearly Bob’s not interested in getting a raise or climbing the corporate
ladder. It’s a very different vibe here in Germany where people often start planning
their vacations at the very beginning of the year. So my question for you is: what are you going
to be doing with your holiday and vacation days this year, and if you could suggest a
new holiday that you think people should observe, what would it be? Please let me know in the
comments below. Thanks so much for watching. Please don’t
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me out over here on my Twitter and my Facebook page. Until next time, auf Wiedersehen! All
the best for 2016! Overall, country…that is a tongue twister!
Country-wide. Good handful of the paid days off govern… And then strategically plan their… And then strategically plan their…their
vacations! Is it annoying when I do this? That was a
silly question, huh?

100 Comments

  • Elise Weusthuis

    I just looked up what it's like here in the Netherlands and apparently you have a right to 4x the amount of hours you work every week, so basically 20 working days or 4 weeks. Also what I think is really nice is that if you get sick during your vacation you can report it to you employer and then they have to count that time as sick days rather than vacation days.

  • jane spivey

    In many places in the private sector her in the US, there are NO paid days off, No sick leave. For example, I have worked for two different companies that only closed on Christmas and Thanksgiving. You had to work one of your scheduled, non holiday, days off, or your pay would be short that week. On the other hand, when I worked for the State of Georgia, you had 12 holidays and started with seven paid vacation days. The longer you worked, more vacation days you got, up to 15 days and seven days sick leave. They rolled over and you could bank as much as 725 hours vacation and 350 hours sick leave. After that, you banked it towards your retirement. I retired two years early doing this. Also , you could donate sick leave if you had a friend who had something major happen and ran out of leave.

  • inkydoug

    And then there are the temp. service workers in the USA. They get no benefits,time off,or job security of any kind. Criminal.

  • Andreas Szeike

    In my Copany i got 30! Days Vacation an my Boss Forces me to plan my Vacation until the end of Febrary. If not, he will tell me, when i have to sty home.

  • Dans Bastelkanal

    It's a law, you have to take your vacation. The boss is not allowed to force you to split your vacation to single days and spread them over the year. I think two weeks without interruption is the minimum that can't be denied. When I wanted to split my vacation into some more shorter periods, I had to subscribe a statement that I am not forced to do so.

  • FreeSoftware

    3:44 I have 29 days vacancy. My teammate even 36!!
    I think an employer runs into trouble not insisting an employee takes his/her vacancy. We have a 'Bundesurlaubsgesetz' (federal law).

  • Hypnotist Ray Williams

    You are totally wrong on Lee/Jackson fighting to continue slavery. The were fighting against northern aggression.

  • Failure To Communicate

    +Wanted Adventure The Virginia holiday you mentioned is to celebrate Yankee killing, not slavery. And that's a good reason for a holiday.

  • Jane_Friday

    in a lot of german companies you need to work far more efficient and just more in the same time, compared to a other countries. So I think here in Germany you really earn your holidays with higher productivity that you're forced to provide.

  • x FLATICIA x

    in Brazil we get 30 days of vocation per year . And is paid.

    we have so many holidays, over 20 a year… at special events too, like world cup, olimpics games, carnaval…they invent days off for everything….

    the sad thing is that the shops thay you want to hangout are also closed.

  • Emil

    I live in Augsburg/Swabia/Bavaria (that's about 60km from Munich, takes ~45 minutes to get there) and we have the most holidays in all of Germany. we have the "Friedensfest" (Festival of Peace) on 8.8 where the end of the "Dreißigjähriger Krieg" (thirty years long war) between protestant and catholic christs is celebrated. on this day, usually a lot of people gather on the townsquare, bring food and eat and share together. (btw, if you can, try to visit Augsburg, it's a wonderful historically really important city and there's a lot to learn about it. if you come here, make sure to visit the townhall and if possible the "Goldener Saal". our townhall is said to be one of the most beautiful all over Germany and the reason why it's such a pompous building was basically to piss off the church after the city of Augsburg bought itself free from the church. (a bit complicated to explain right now, medieval politics and stuff, haha). and make sure to visit the dome, it features the oldest windows (you know, these church windows with pictures made from coloured pieces of glass, I don't know the word) that are known (afaik at least, maybe don't quote me on that). I think Augsburg is a really interesting city, but some people here are sort of asshats… anyways, nice place to visit, make sure you'll give it a look. and excuse me that not all of my English was "the yellow of the egg" [ 😉 ]

  • Bea Schlumpf

    We HAVE To take our vacation in most companies in Germany. Or at least a minimum amount of it. The employer does not want to be responsible for you getting sick because you had to work too much.

  • Jeanne d'Arc

    Zwar gibt es in den USA wenig bezahlte Urlaubstage, was aber nicht heißt das man keinen Urlaub machen kann. Die Zeit wird halt nur nicht bezahlt. Hier in Deutschland hat man seine Urlaubstage die einem zustehen, je nach Tarifvertrag oder eben Gesetz und wenn die verbraucht sind, sind sie verbraucht. Die Möglichkeit von unbezahlten Urlaub gibt es in den aller wenigsten Unternehmen und ist absolut unüblich und meist nur in begründeten Ausnahmefällen. Wer mehr Urlaub machen möchte als er bezahlte Tage hat, hat Pech. Zumindest kenne ich das ausschließlich so aus meinem Umfeld und kenne niemanden der je unbezahlten Urlaub hatte. Die Arbeitspolitik unterscheidet sich aber ohnehin grundlegend von der hier in D, daher wundert es nicht das sich dies auch im Urlaub niederschlägt. In den USA haben viele mehrere Jobs um ihr Geld überhaupt zusammen zu bekommen und haben keine Kündigungsfristen oder ähnliches im Gegensatz zu Deutschland. Dafür kann man da aber auch nahezu jeden Job ohne Ausbildung machen (abgesehen von Sachen für die man studieren muss) und sich auf alles bewerben wonach einem die Nase steht. Hier braucht man für (fast) alles eine Ausbildung, was einen natürlich ganz anders qualifiziert (Bezahlung/Urlaub) dafür aber natürlich auch sehr stark bindet auf lange Zeit. Wenn ich jetzt lieber in einem Anwaltsbüro arbeiten wollte, müsste ich dafür erst eine Ausbildung machen und könnte nicht einfach morgen irgendwo anfangen und losarbeiten. In den USA ist man viel, viel freier in der Berufswahl, hier muss man sich das in sehr jungem Alter überlegen (ohne Abi mit 16, was ich viel zu früh finde sich auf etwas fest zu legen für die nächsten 50 Jahre!) und wenn man sich Jahre später doch umentscheidet muss man zusehen wie man den neuen Job lernt und genug Geld hat, alles unter einen Hut bekommt etc und fängt nochmal ganz klein von vorne an. Beides hat Pro und Contra.

  • Francesco

    My company rewards 30 days of paid vacation and since my employer only has us work from Monday to Friday it totales six weeks a year. Then there's overtime (the company I work for has employees working 38 hours a week; anything above that counts as overtime) which you can either cash out or you can take the additional time off. If you're single with no kids, taxes and social funds actually take quite a bit out of that overtime pay so I mostly use my hours to take a couple extra days off.

    I usually spread my vacation days out over the year so every two to three months I'll have a week or two off.

    There's also the thing that if you get sick and see a doctor, if the doctor agrees that you will need to get better before you resume work or if you have something contagious, they will hand you a "Krankenschein" (sickness certification) which you hand over to your employer and in turn get paid sick leave. This is also mandatory by law. I understand in the US it depends on the company you work for (like with paid vacation). Is that correct? Also, in movies they often talk about a job coming with dental benefits or something like that. What's up with that? Does it mean the company pays for when you have to see a dentist?

  • ROARlikeDoggysDo

    your german boss encourages you because he/she HAS to give you holydays. they get into serious trouble when you don't take your holydays. it is not because they don't want you to work, or to enjoy your freetime. it is a law thing

  • Peter Schmidt

    You forgot one paid "holiday" that is mandatory country wide – jury duty. Employers must allow you to leave work for jury duty and must pay you. The stupid thing is if you're self-employed, you're basically required to pay yourself.

  • Michael Schlechtriem

    Your are far to hysterical for me.Your teeth are to white too.
    Sorry, but if I would meet you on the street or in an argument I would walk away.

  • Julischka

    I live and work in Germany and I can actually carry over my vacation to the year after the next. So I can carry my 28 days (or what will be left of that) from this year over until march 2018. On the employer's side that can cause a bit of chaos of course, but from an employee's point of view I think it's great. 😀

  • James Palmer

    "…who fought to continue slavery." is how people outside of the South would insufficiently describe the American Civil War. I'm new to your channel; thus, I may not have seen you post about this subject. Nonetheless, I'm interested to know how Germans view America's Civil War if anything other than the US fighting against slavery? I was enlightened to find that the rest of the world viewed the American Revolutionary War more accurately as a part of a larger world war against the United Kingdom by other European powers and not just the US.

  • hyperM plays

    24 vacation days is the minimum. Many people have more. 30 days is the maximum what you can get. In some companies if you get older (50+) and you worked 20, 25 or 30 years for them you can get more days. But mostly only in big companies.
    I have 30 days to and that is almost too little. Mostly i take 1 week in spring and winter (christmas) and 3 weeks in summer.
    I use the rest of the days if something unexpected happens. (just a normal worker).

  • aljawad

    For some professions there is a stipulation to add a number of days (up to 5 days) to the employees leave balance just to allow him or her to undergo a mandatory annual physical examination.
    Later this year and as part of my vacation, I'm visiting Köln to attend a trade show.

  • Eric Taylor

    Okay Donna (or Dunna?) The American Civil War was NOT about slavery. It was about state rights over federal rights. Before the Civil War State laws were stronger than the Federal Laws. After the Civil War it is the Federal laws that are stronger. One example, marijuana is now legal under Oregon State law, but it is still illegal under Federal law, so while the state may not bust you, the FBI is still free to bust you.
    Gay marriage is another one. While plenty of states would rather not allow it, they have to, thanks to the feds.

  • reginald burks

    ok I am American , lets start a work week is 40 hours but most people work 50 hours or more a week .
    avg in the U.S. is 53 hours last time i looked .
    My boss would get mad if i only worked 8 hours a day . His saying was " your not even going to work a HALF A DAY !"
    and this 6 or 7 days a week !
    Vacation 5 days after 1 year , 10 days after 5 years and 15 days after 15 years and that the most that most company give . None if your part time . Anything under 40 hours is part time .
    Oh Easter is not a holiday , Yes i had to work on Easter a lot .
    German do not understand how easy they have it .
    The good thing is i lived in Germany and Austria for over 20 years so YEA i love Europe !

  • Eskil Tester

    and Americans still dare say that a social Democratic system doesn't work lol.
    western Europeans are 180% more productive and earn more overall and still get more benefits.
    isn't that something

  • Sabinefundel

    Well, the reason why you are pushed to take vacation in Germany is that otherwise you are loosing your days (don´t get paid by the company). And the company gets trouble if you don´t take your guarantied 24 days because there is a law to take them (social responsibility). Many companies even give you more days than that 24 days beside that fixed holidays which are given state by state.

  • Narwaro

    People complaining about bureaucracy: German tax laws make up one third of the world's tax legislation. That is right, Germany has 47 times the average tax laws of all countries int the world. If you ever did your tax return in Germany, you know what bureaucracy is. Lovin it

  • Anna G

    Bavaria has the most holidays in Germany, but you are especially lucky if you live in Augsburg, because that is the only city in Germany that has an extra holiday just for itself, the "Augsburger Friedensfest", so -> 14 days and the german winner 😉

  • DecoyAUT

    Wow, I didn't realize the holiday Situation in US is so bad. Here in Austria we also get 5 weeks of payed Holiday, plus a couple of public Holidays.

  • Christian c

    I live in northern Rheinland-Pfalz just at the border to NRW and going to Bonn and Cologne is quicker then going to koblenz. So for this i get to my 29 days of paid vacation + the 12 federal days off 2 two days of paid vacation for carneval! Rosenmontag is a vacation day and on weiberdonnerstag and veilchendienstag you just have to work half of the day. But on weiberdonnerstah nobody is working,because at my office we start drinking at 8 a.m. So we got more days off then the Bavaria 😄(except Augusburg)

    When i am uproad in asia our other countries i am just wondering how less vacation they have. in bangkok in march i met a nice girl who saves paid vacation days for three years for making a trip for 16 days. When i told that i was in january one holidayweek for skiing,then a roundtrip to thailand for 17 days and in may i was one week in greece and still having 12 days of paid vacation left,she was really shocked about it

  • Kessina1989

    Ich habe mir noch nie einen Brückentag (Tag zwischen Feiertag und Wochenende) genommen. Den einzigen Urlaub den ich dieses Jahr haben werde, sind 2 Wochen in den Sommerferien!

  • Brakiri

    Hi Dana,

    may i ask how americans are handling this profund lack of free time?
    I mean yes you can work all year but what about your relationships, your hobbies etc.? You need to recuperate from work and the weekends are pretty short 😉
    If you work 260 days a year 8-12 hours a day…how is that "life"?

    Thank you for your insights.

  • Sol Accursio

    Where I work (Italy here) we have 22 days each year. We cannot take them into the next year, and we can't save them for the next. So we have to use all 22 of them, and if by October we haven't planned every single day, we are called by the direction to do it, or they will give us the remaining days when THEY want, not when WE want….

  • dvx

    In the US, it definitely depends on the company you work for. There are companies that give extra days off around the holiday, not just the holiday itself so it amounts to more than 10 days a year.

  • WhiteSpatula

    I know a lady who works for the PD, and she says they "accrue" vacation PTO by the quarter-hour. Talk about trifling, huh? Employees can "check their balances" online, which she tells me is not quite as fun as watching grass grow or the hour hand of a clock in slow motion. For bonuses, they get little proprietary 15-minute coins that they can use on days when they want to cut out early. Yay, benefits! -Phill, Las Vegas

  • Pamma Sheppard

    I've worked for the same company for 15 years and only get 5 paid vacation days and no one gets paid holidays.

  • Franklin Ruff

    The attitude toward vacation is changing in the US. More companies are encouraging and even mandating vacation. I have 20 day a year, and I never take all 20, I usually use 15 to 17. Just as a side note about Lee, Jackson day both General Lee and General Jackson are seen as men of character who just so happen to be on the wrong side of a conflict, and they were Virginians. The is the reason for the celebration of the day. General Lee did not like the institution of slavery, but he loved Virginia.

  • Michael

    Where's my paid 4 weeks of vacation? paid maternity or family leave? and retirement after working in one union job until age 55 to 60? No wonder Americans hate work, yet can't find jobs as easy like before. I doubt Americans can vacation on "sacrosanct" Christmas and Easter, 4th of July and Labor Day, or even on a weekend (Sat or Sun). Private enterprise is what build (and could destroy) America. What about employee health insurance benefits? Obamacare came to be because so many Americans don't have medical or health care insurance. Christmas is a federal holiday, but dedicated to the birth of a non-president or civilian religious figure: Jesus Christ. Then there's Martin Luther King Jr's birthday, which is another federal holiday for a non-president or civilian religious figure (he was a minister). +

  • wòóF der corret-jak

    tomorrow is "Friedensfest" in Augsburg, a local holiday, remembering the "Peace of Westphalia".
    it's always confusing for truckers, that they can't unload their load within the city limit of Augsburg, while outside (Königsbrunn, Gersthofen or Friedberg) it's just a nomal labour day.

  • emergcon

    you can get your days of paid of if ure not taking them in germany. but thats always causing a snafu with your taxes so its not usual.

    u didnt mention that ure normaly not payed for overtime in germany but u can take a day of or so…

  • Geeraard V.

    In Belgium its the same way, when a holiday is on a weekend, you get a day off during the week. But on the other hand, you only start out with about 20 days paid leave (you earn more year after year). So all in all there isn't much difference

  • Michael Mayer

    Not that different in my company, last year and this year i have a vacation ban during summer.
    And if i dont take my paid leave days they will expire on the 1st April on the following year.
    And 10 days of the paid leave days, the company can decide when you have take them.
    And now guess what happens when your vacation blackout period is a longer period then summer because theres to much work to do.
    You can take them where you dont need or can sacrifice them to the company. And if you ask them for paying out the remaining days its like asking a dog for his favorite bone.

  • The Journey

    Please understand that Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson did not fight for slavery. They fought for their state. At that time people did not consider themselves Americans, but Virginians, North Carolinians, and so on. You need to understand the context of the history at that time. Yes, slavery was a horrible thing and as a southerner I am so thankful that the Confederacy did not win the war, but at the same time I want to honor and respect those men who fought for their state. We did not really start to consider ourselves Americans until after WW1 and I personally resent your attitude of being ashamed of Lee-Jackson Day. I really don't expect to hear back from you, but I'm sure I'll receive flak from others and they can just know that I won't respond.

  • Msjuljulful

    I always strongly encourage my employees to use their vacations and even if it makes my small business trouble (I have to find someone to work for them during they're off work and pay for that)…
    One of my employee told me she would rather not take any days off all year as she prefers to earn more money and me and my partner we were really sooo not ok with that as we worried it would definately affect the quality of her work…

  • Lisa Annas

    Actually you have 24 guaranteed days off when you are working 6 days a week. As most people have to work 5 days a week there are "just" 20 guaranteed days off 😀

  • mark n kate B

    australia, i have 20 days leave a year earnt that i can rollover to the next year. I also earn long service leave 1 month every three years. This is on top of public holidays

  • eigensinn83

    Who'd have thunk 2016 turned out such a dumpsterfire, after all! Let's hope for a better 2017 – hope you'll keep those vids coming…! ^^

  • Jan Wf

    I know lots of people from Germany watch this, as do I. This isn't because I want Dana to tell nice things about my country but to see the cultural differences between the US and Germany, and it has been very informative in this regard

  • mzzpreppychic

    in Trinidad and Tobago we have approximately 18 public holidays , a minimum of 14 days paid vacation, 7-14 days sick leave (in most companies) per year. but it also depends on your employer, to have access to all these benefits.

  • LeeAnn Toepel

    I live in the U.S., and I get 10 vacation days a year. I completely agree with her that you're thought of as lazy if you actually use all your vacation days. Wonder why we often feel burnt out?

  • M3RedGT

    not to forget.. G.W.Bush once interviewed a woman who said she wirks 3 jobs for a living.. his reaction.. "wow thats just stunning.. only possible in america!" i would have loved to junp into the screen and turn his neck a 360° turn for that….

  • JoelMatton

    In Sweden we get 5 weeks (25 work days) a year. People either take 5 weeks off in a row during the summer, or they'll do 3-4 weeks off in the summer and use their other days throughout the year. The downside to this is that Swedish society kind of shuts down during the summer. It's very difficult to get a doctors appointment, for instance, because so many doctors are on vacation. Same thing if you need to hire a plumber, electrician etc, very difficult to get a hold of one between June 1 and August 31 with July being the most popular vacation month.

  • Pummy's World

    The German law on vacations is kind of complicated.. The Bundesurlaubsgsetz (Federal Law on Vacations)provides anyone 24 days off based on a 6-day-week. So the Saturday always counts. And this law encourages (but don't makes it mandatory) to give a yearly vacation of three weeks in a row. Severely handicapped also have some extra days off, provided by other laws. And a lot of labor agreements make more payed days off mandatory. So a lot of industrial workers have 30 days (based on 5-day-week). There are some religious holidays in early summer, which are bound to Thursdays, so it's a kind of sports to get the Fridays scheduled. To avoid arguments, some companies just close for those days.
    There are also some informal holidays, like carnival Monday in Cologne. So it's a common joke to let staff members in the U.S. play calls to Cologne at this day. If they get an answer at all, the person they called is probably drunk…

  • hooby marburg

    Yes Dana, tell the American how "evil" Bernie Sanders would have been 😉
    …and it would be a worthwhile question, if the US is a much more productive country then Germany? 😉

  • Allan Richardson

    New holiday? ELECTION DAY! Make it a Monday holiday, AND open the polls on the weekend also. Allow 72 hours to vote, so shift and weekend workers can vote, and REQUIRE employers to allow employees time to vote (some bosses will deliberately cancel time off or require overtime of workers they suspect will vote differently than the boss, in order to deny them their right to vote).

  • Lindsey Summers

    Get rid of Confederate Memorial Day in South Carolina and replace it with Carolina Day at the end of June, which commemorates the first decisive victory in the Southern campaign during the Revolutionary War.

  • Ron Weasly

    Mostly you have to plan all of your holidays for the year until march. March is the common due day, I you haven't planned all your holiday days till then they just expire. That's how it is in most German companies

  • lordeisschrank

    are you sure about the 24 days? From what I remember the EU minimum is 5 weeks, which would translate to 25 days. So if you only get 24 days than your employer is screwing you over (illegally)

  • UTube Junkie

    New Holiday!
    Celebrating the hard work of minorities contributions to America. A week of learning in school the benefits of immigration, people of color, and people with disabilities pioneering and/or inventing things we use every day. Then a day off in observance.
    How lovely would that be.

  • Madeline Witt

    They didnt fight to continue slavery, the fought for the independence of the southern states, and slavery was only a small contributing factor, we also celebrate e lee because he was a great geeral, no matter what side he was fighting for, and every and ALL war participents should be honored for bravery at the least.

  • Wanda D

    In Canada each province has separate guidelines, but all full time workers receive a minimum of 14 days off with pay after one year of service and some provinces give 21 days. Then after 3 and 5 years of service more days are added, employers can and often do offer additional paid days beyond the mandatory weeks as an employment incentive. Part time employees also qualify for time off by law, but they are given that additional pay on each paycheck as a percentage if time worked.
    We also have 9 paid holidays spread out throughout the year, 2 religious, 4 honoring people groups and 2 for our country and 1 for gratitude 😊 Germany seems like a good place for people to live too. Enjoying your posts

  • Adam Smith

    I like the way you talk to me, it's like you are my mom and my teacher at the same time and it eases my anxiety lol

  • Deutsche mit Meinung

    Wow thats hard. I have a 37h week, 30 payed days of, 13 holidays and dont work saturday and sunday. But its to less. Otherwise i worked about 100 hours to much since August until now so another 13 days of so far if i need or want not work. So 56 days of
    (no weekends included). So far i have a lot of free time compared to what americans have and i still earn more than enaugh to life good. Thats a little bit shocking for me to hear how less free time americans have

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