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Work Share

Dan Froomkin

AMERICA NEEDS JOBS Sharing The Pain Of Layoffs Means Losing Fewer Jobs | Dan Froomkin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

(This is Idea No. 6 in Huffington Post's ongoing America Needs Jobs series; see the introduction.) Recessions are brutal on people -- and particularl...

Sharing Is Caring

Harry Moroz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harry Moroz

Policy wonks on both sides of the aisle have proposed Germany's work-share program (inducing private firms to reduce employee hours, rather than fire workers) as a cheap way to reduce unemployment in the U.S.

Unemployment Solution: Pay People to Work Shorter Hours

Dean Baker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dean Baker

Imagine if workers in the US, like workers in Germany, were dealing with the recession by putting in four-day weeks (while getting paid for five) or getting an extra two weeks of paid vacation. This sure beats being unemployed.

A Family-Friendly Recession?: Cut Hours, Not Jobs

Elizabeth Gregory | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Elizabeth Gregory

During a recession, gains for women earned through years of effort may be swept away in the undertow of layoffs, when flexibility and diversity efforts suddenly disappear.