Listen Now: International Work Benefits
In the U.S. our typical work week is 40 hours Monday through Friday. In the Netherlands its four days and around 29 hours and in Denmark employees are clocking in about 33 hours a week. When it comes to starting a family America is one of just nine countries in the world that require no paid maternity leave.
On the other hand every country in the European Union is required to offer at least 14 weeks or paid leave. In Great Britain new mothers get a full year and in Bulgaria mothers are given more than 400 days of maternity leave at close to their full salary. It might be called the American dream, but it seems there’s some people are getting a lot more rest than we are.
CBS News Radio national business journalist Brian Banmiller has spent more than 40 years in the news industry, covering business, politics and the economy on television, radio and in print. Currently, his “Banmiller on Business” reports are delivered to an audience of millions nationwide.