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Uphill task to change US paid leave law

Corporate influence seen as biggest impediment to getting companies to provide employees with paid holidays.

Last Modified: 19 Aug 2013 10:33
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Companies in the US are not required by law to provide employees with any paid holidays at all.

Almost a quarter of the country's workforce, mostly lower-income employees, are not given any time off in the year. Businesses also do not have to give paid sick days off or parental leave.

Some politicians are lobbying for a change to the law, but it is unlikely to happen due to the heavy influence of big businesses.

Al Jazeera's Patty Culhane reports from Washington.

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