Yankees: Nose To The Grindstone

Compared with counterparts overseas, U.S. employees get skimpy vacations. According to Hewitt Associates, a benefits-consulting firm, American workers, after one year of service, average just two weeks of annual vacation. Same goes for Canadians and the Japanese--10 working days. In most European countries, by contrast, the mandated rule is 20 to 25 days (chart).

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