Besides a handful of national holidays, the typical American worker bee gets two or three precious weeks off out of a whole year to relax and see the world -- much less than what people in many other countries receive.
And even that amount of vacation often comes with strings attached. Some U.S. companies don't like employees taking off more than one week at a time. Others expect them to be on call or check their e-mail even when they're lounging on the beach or taking a hike in the mountains.
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Here are some questions you may wish to discuss with your partner or classmates:
How much vacation do you have each year from school or work?
Do you think it is a fair amount? Is it too much or too little?
What do you usually do with your vacation time?
Do you agree that American workers should have as much vacation time as Europeans?
Should the government mandate vacation time?
What would happen to the economy if people took more time off from work?
What would you do if your boss asked you to take more (or less) vacation time?
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(with) strings attached
pull (something) off
a difficult story
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