During a press conference held this morning, Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) – whose district includes popular tourist spots in Orlando – introduced the Paid Vacation Act of 2009, a bill that would mandate paid vacation leave for most employees. According to a press release, the measure would require employers with 100 or more employees to provide a week of paid vacation. After three years, businesses with a minimum of 50 employees would have to meet the same requirement, while those with 100 or more employees would be required to provide employees with two weeks of paid vacation leave. To be entitled to take such paid leave, employees would have to work for at least one year. Part-time employees would need to work a minimum of 25 hours per week and 1,250 hours per year to be eligible.
An article at Roll Call notes that the response to this proposal has been somewhat lukewarm. Critics of the measure have emphasized that a blanket federally-mandated vacation policy will not work in all organizations, would impose additional burdens on businesses in an already weak economy, and could affect hiring decisions for some employers.