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.