7 mind-blowing facts that show why employment in the US is the worst in the developed world
- The US federal government has fewer legal work protections compared to other industrialized nations.
- The US is the only country without guaranteed paid family leave or vacation leave. It also does not require that companies give breaks for lunch or coffee. Italy and China, meanwhile, offer two hours of lunch break.
- Here are seven ways the US lags behind the rest of the developed world in providing worker protections.
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Individual states have their own protections, including higher minimum wages and paid leave, but on a federal level, the US lags behind the rest of the developed world.As a result, Americans work longer hours than people in Europe and Japan, and suffer from high rates of burnout. Minimum-wage workers cannot afford rent for a two-bedroom apartment in much of the US, and the increasing number of gig-economy workers like Uber and Lyft drivers have even fewer protections than their full-time counterparts.
Here are seven mind-blowing facts that depict how few worker protections the US provides.
The US does not guarantee paid time off for vacation or holidays.
The US also doesn't mandate employers give workers breaks during the day.
The US is the only developed country that does not guarantee some form of paid parental leave. It is just one of eight of the UN's 193-member states without guaranteed paid time off for new moms.
The Department of Labor does not provide any guidelines for flexible work schedules.
The US minimum wage is lower compared to other countries, especially when you compare it to the average full-time salary.
There's no guaranteed extra pay for working overnight.
The US doesn't guarantee pay after getting laid off.
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