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The Financial Times

John Kampfner

16 September 2020

Germany

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Germany has weathered the pandemic with lower illness rates than its neighbors and a relatively strong economy thanks to leadership and responses that have evolved and helped the country thrive in the three decades si...

South China Morning Post

Julian Ryall

2 September 2020

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The Japanese government is embracing the idea of "workation" trips for employees across industries as a means to "help the travel industry and keep the economy ticking" as the country moves forward in the wake of the ...

The New York Times

Ben Dooley

Hisako Ueno

20 June 2020

Japan

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Japan's unemployment has barely grown during the COVID-19 crisis, thanks in large part to a business culture that prizes employees' interests over short-term profits. Much of the country's economy remained open in the...

Philadelphia Magazine

Maddy Sweitzer-Lamme

18 June 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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The elimination of tipping has allowed one Philadelphia bar to give their employees health insurance and ensure an equal distribution of income amongst all employees. Typically servers in the front of house make much ...

The Daily Tar Heel

Victoria Johnson

9 April 2020

North Carolina, United States

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In March 2020, North Carolina’s Board of Education, in response to COVID-19, approved paid emergency leave for all school employees – but with 100% pay only going to those that qualify as “high risk.” With many of the...

Next City

Oscar Perry Abello

24 March 2020

New York, United States

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Bartenders and restaurant workers rely heavily on tips and often work off the books, which puts them in a unique disadvantage when trying to collect financial aid during this pandemic. Some have thought of creative wa...

Lithuanian Radio and Television (LRT)

Domantė Platūkytė

12 March 2020

Vilnius, Lithuania

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A company in Lithuania cut back the work day from eight to six hours and noted an increase in morale without any negative impact on productivity. Employees reported a better work-life balance, reducing their stress an...

The New York Times

Liz Alderman

6 March 2020

Paris, France

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Europe's generous social policies, such as allowing employees to retain their salaries while taking sick time to care for themselves or family members, may help to mitigate the coronavirus outbreak while also safeguar...

Richland Source

Katie Ellington

29 January 2020

Cincinnati, Ohio, United States

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At Nehemiah Manufacturing, more than 80% of the employees are "second-chance" workers: people with a criminal record, a history of drug abuse, and such. Not only does the company bring more jobs to the city of Cincinn...

FastCompany

Julia Hotz

2 December 2019

Berlin, Germany

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A nonprofit in Berlin tests the success of the Universal Basic Income structure, which is founded on the idea that a monthly stipend awarded to all individuals can create an invigorated labor force and allow people to...

Southern California Public Radio (KPCC)

David Wagner

31 October 2019

Oakland, California, United States

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As of 2017, more than 130 California-based construction companies have created Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOP) as a way to ensure the future viability of a small business and ensure stability and buy-in for thei...

The Charlotte Observer

Pam Kelley

29 October 2019

Charlotte, North Carolina, United States

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Although Charlotte itself has yet to make any coordinated change, this article looks at several other North Carolina cities that are successfully lifting people out of poverty by increasing the minimum wage to be a li...

Reasons to be Cheerful

Daniel J McGraw

22 August 2019

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

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In Cleveland, Ohio, Evergreen Cooperative is a worker-owned business that includes a laundry business and a greenhouse operation, originally created to prevent laundry jobs from being outsourced and to keep jobs in th...

BBC

Maddy Savage

7 August 2019

Stockholm, Sweden

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In Sweden, employees are allotted up to 6 months in an unpaid leave of absence for the purpose of entrepreneurship. Because of the reported decrease in fear of job loss or financial insecurity, this law has said to in...

The New York Times

Claire Cain Miller

4 June 2019

Sweden

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New mothers are often overwhelmed once they leave the support of the hospital and find themselves home alone with a newborn. In Sweden, a new law that allows the other parent to take a month off from work to help with...

The Guardian

Richard Orange

22 May 2019

Stockholm, Sweden

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Stockholm, Sweden is known as the best city in the world for work-life balance, as it boasts flexible work hours and nearly two years' parental leave per child for each parent. While raising a child with a full-time c...

KGTV-TV

Amanda Brandeis

25 March 2019

San Diego, California, United States

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Companies get creative to help their employees tackle student debt by offering loan assistance as well as carrying over unused paid time off into a fund to chip away at debt. In San Diego, Fidelity Investments has fou...

Governing

Graham Vyse

12 March 2019

Vermont, United States

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Across the country, and particularly in states with no paid leave laws, state agencies are allowing new parents to bring infants to the workplace. While the change has been welcomed, critics don't believe it goes far ...

The New York Times

Matthew Desmond

21 February 2019

Emeryville, United States

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Economists have often debated the positives of a higher minimum wage in the United States as a matter of productivity, profits, and losses but in this article, Matthew Desmond explores another way that the success of...

FastCompany

Eillie Anzilotti

19 February 2019

New York, New York, United States

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The National Domestic Workers Alliance created a platform called Alia to deliver job benefits to home cleaners. Now, the NDWA is partnering with Thumbtack, a gig economy platform, in order to deliver this service to t...

The Colorado Sun

Tamara Chuang

3 December 2018

Denver, Colorado, United States

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By partnering with employers in the service industry and Silicon Valley investors, Guild Education, an innovative Denver, Colorado-based startup, helps adults in service-level jobs attend college at a significantly di...

The Washington Post

Lenny Bernstein

27 November 2018

New Hampshire, United States

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Employers are creating “recovery friendly’ workplaces by providing support for employees with substance use disorders in the same manner as they would for employees who needed support for any other disease. A job and...

New Hampshire Union Leader

Shawne K. Wickham

3 November 2018

Portsmouth, New Hampshire, United States

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A New Hampshire business is an exemplar of a new state push to create “recovery friendly” businesses. For the Chameleon Group, this takes the form of managers attending drug court hearing o support workers, holding 12...

Chalkbeat

Melanie Asmar

4 September 2018

Colorado, United States

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Landed, a philanthropic for-profit organization, has loaned money to 90 Colorado school district employees for down payments on homes. This funding fills a pressing gap - in Denver, the average home goes for over half...

Time Magazine

Samantha Cooney

14 August 2018

New York, New York, United States

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Whole Foods, SumAll, and Buffer are three companies practicing salary transparency. Research shows that salary transparency is associated with higher employee productivity and collaboration, and it might be helpful in...

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