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ANNUAL VACATIONS AND VACATION LAWS:
RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN THEAN
UNITED STATES AND ABROAD 1967
A REPORT PREPARED FOR THE
SELECT SUBCOMMITTEE ON LABOR
COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION AND LABOR
Printed for the use of the Committee on Education and Labor
CARL D. PERKINS, Chairman
QUALITY CONTROL MARK
LETTER OF TRANSMITTAL
JANUARY 27, 1967.
Hon. CARL D. PERKINS,
Chairman, Committee on Education and Labor,
House of Representatives, Washington, D.C.
DEAR MR. CHAIRMAN: Transmitted herewith is a report done for the Select Subcommittee on Labor entitled "Annual Vacations and Vacation Laws: Recent Developments in the United States and Abroad."
This report has been prepared by Dr. R. E. L. Knight of the Department of Economics, University of Maryland (and director of the subcommittee from September 1964 to September 1965), and Dr. James R. Wason, Economics Division, Legislative Reference Service, Library of Congress.
Recent efforts to reduce the working hours of American workers have been focused on only one option-the shorter workweek. Among these efforts, as you know, were the extensive hearings held by the select subcommittee between June and December 1963 on the subject of hours of work. But increasingly, I have come to believe that careful consideration should be given to all-not just one or two-of the major options available to us with respect to a reduction in working hours. Such an option may be the paid annual vacation. With this in mind and as a start in this direction, on October 13, 1965, I introduced a measure to amend the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, to provide covered employees with entitlement to paid vacations of 3 weeks for each full year of regular employment. As far as I could ascertain, no other such legislation had been introduced in the House in recent years. This report, which grew out of that bill, explores in depth the effects that legislation requiring paid annual vacations may have in the United States. In addition, the report demonstrates what 16 countries have done in the area of paid annual vacations.
I would hope this report can be printed as a committee print for the information of members.
With kind regards, I am,
ELMER J. HOLLAND, Chairman, Select Subcommittee on Labor.