Congressman Alan Grayson

Representing the 9th District of Florida

Grayson Bill Gives Working Families a Break

May 22, 2013
Press Release
‘Paid Vacation Act’ Provides One Week of Vacation for Workers Annually

Grayson Bill Gives Working Families a Break

‘Paid Vacation Act’ Provides One Week of Vacation for Workers Annually

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Congressman Alan Grayson (FL-09) has introduced legislation that requires employers to provide workers with one week of paid leave annually, under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The ‘Paid Vacation Act’ (H.R. 2096) would be the first piece of legislation to provide paid vacation time under federal law.

One in four Americans working in the private sector does not receive any paid vacation leave, but Americans are working harder than ever. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the average American employee now works 160 hours (one month) more each year than he did in 1976. The U.S. is the only country with an ‘advanced economy’ that does not guarantee paid vacation to its workers. Grayson’s bill would bring the U.S. in line with other industrialized nations.  

Moreover, the Paid Vacation Act is also good for business. Job-related stress contributes to absenteeism, lost productivity, and health issues. These factors cost businesses approximately $344 billion annually.

Under H.R. 2096, companies with more than 100 employees would provide one week of paid annual leave to full-time employees. Part-time workers who are employed for one year and work at least 25 hours per-week would also be covered. Three years after Grayson’s bill takes effect, employers with more than 100 employees would offer two weeks of vacation leave, while those with 50 or fewer employees would offer one week of paid leave.

“This is a matter of justice and equality for all Americans,” Grayson said. “Sure, some Americans receive paid vacation leave, but an increasing number receive nothing at all—and this comes at a time when middle-class Americans are working harder than ever. Requiring paid vacation leave will allow workers to spend more time with their families, improve their mental and physical health, and ultimately be more productive in their workplace.”

Congressman Alan Grayson represents Florida’s 9th Congressional District, which includes Osceola County, as well as parts of Orange and Polk counties. He previously served as the U.S. Representative for Florida's 8th Congressional District in the 111th Congress.