Sick Of The 40-Hour Work Week? Try Life In Germany And France

Hours Worked USA France Germany

As the United States continues to cling to the 40-hour work week, German and French work weeks offer an apt example of how less really can be more. While Germany called for austerity for most of the Euro zone, it continued to offer unparalleled worker protections and shorter working hours than most of their counterparts.

During the global economic crisis, Germany pushed for employers to reduce hours instead of laying off workers. The policy, known as Kurzarbeit, also stipulated that the German government would partially reimburse workers for wages lost. In Germany, for example, employees work an average of 35 hours per week, with an average of 24 paid vacation days.

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These Quotes on Civil Disobedience Illuminate The Baltimore Riots

Much has been said about the Baltimore riots. Perhaps too much. Instead of adding another layer to the discourse proliferating on the Internet, we’ve looked back throughout history to offer 20 powerful quotes on civil disobedience by some of the world’s most influential thinkers and speakers. Let their words inspire you to think more deeply about both riots and civil disobedience, and how these actions impact our world today:

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Childhood Homelessness, A Hidden American Problem

Childhood Homelessness

Source: 4 Bit News

Homelessness is a national problem in the United States, and one whose victims are often hidden. They aren’t just the haggard Vietnam vet or the disabled man on the corner asking for assistance; they’re the children and families who couch surf, bounce between friends’ homes, live in cars, subsist in tent cities or stay in hotels. According to the National Center on Family Homelessness (NCFH), as of November 2014 2.5 million homeless children live across the United States. Without intervention, those are 2.5 million people who could become chronically homeless adults.

Childhood Homelessness Siblings

Two brothers play cards in the common area of “Nickelsville,” a tent community in West Seattle. The community has relocated throughout the years. Source: Seattle PI

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What’s The Most Popular Word Used In Online Dating Profiles In Your State?

Most Popular Word Online Dating

Online dating profiles might not be the best place to find honest representations of individuals, but on a macro level the sites themselves can be a good data source for sussing out patterns, trends and values of a given state. As the above map underscores, some stereotypes are empirically sound. Texans interested in long, evening walks on oil rigs? Pacific Northwesterners just getting out of a long-term relationship with the open trail? You don’t say…

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