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Vacation Repeat

Jun 26, 2012 at 04:46:10 PM

Imagine that you plan to take two weeks off work to enjoy a nice, relaxing vacation at Disney World. You make all the arrangements with your boss, you book your flight and hotel reservations, and then the big day arrives. You arrive in Orlando, greeted by a swath of amusement parks, golf courses and attractions for as far as the eye can see. After a few days you're deep into the swing of things… when you come down with a bad case of the flu and are laid up in bed for an entire week.

Here's the question: Should that week of flu count as vacation days (after all, you were on vacation), or should it count as sick days – meaning that you still have a week of "repeat" vacation left.

This week, Europe's highest court, the Court of Justice of the European Union, ruled that workers who happen to get sick on vacation are legally entitled to take another vacation.

As the New York Times observes: With much of Europe mired in recession, governments struggling to reduce budget deficits and officials trying to combat high unemployment, this ruling is a reminder of just how hard it is to shake up long-established cultural norms and revive sinking economies.

Amazingly, Europeans typically get 4-6 weeks of guaranteed annual vacation. Not quite as much as my kids get off for summer vacation (which begins tomorrow!) but it does bring to mind an old Calvin and Hobbes cartoon:

© United Press Syndicate      h/t – James Taranto

June 26, 2012

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