How Germany Pays Workers When Their Work Dries Up 

The state-funded German safety net known as Kurzarbeit, which keeps salaries flowing to workers even when their work has dried up, is getting renewed attention as governments around the world grapple with the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic. In boom times, Europe’s employee-friendly labor codes draw criticism for acting as a brake on economic growth, because they prevent companies from hiring and firing at will. Times like these shine a light on the virtues of programs such as Germa

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