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I am an Oregon State University student taking a family policy class that is discussing a policy recommendation on ensuring more paid time off for people to be with their families. Currently, there are no set policies in the United States that require employers to offer paid vacation benefits; compare that to European countries, which have mandated paid vacations and holidays. Having days off is vital to healthy work and life balance. According to the Pew Research Center in the United States, 94% of citizens reporting that families are essential to them.

If the United States implemented a family policy that required paid time off for all employees, families would benefit from it. Family policies can help protect, promote and strengthen families. Paid time off and vacations will allow families to intensify the quality of their relationships without having to worry about financial strains. Individuals need economic, stability, emotional support from their families. Paid leave will safeguard time spent with family, and more time will intensify family connection.

In class, we discussed how families are more useful when they are economically supporting their loved ones and when they work with private organizations like employers. Having established paid leave and vacations in the United States will increase the overall well-being of families.

Katarina Yee

Corvallis (May 1)

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