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  •  thanks for another great diary. (5+ / 0-)

    my german boyfriend and I were talking last night about the sick leave issue.
    he's was sick all last week with the flu and when I asked him how many paid sick
    days he gets, he didn't even know what I was talking about.

    he told me, if someone gets sick they get paid...  
    according to him the average german doesn't "call out sick" like people in america do.

    when I told him the u.s. doesn't have any mandated sick days, he was quite shocked.

    all in all, even though he has a rather boring job (government tax accountant)
    the sense of security is there; health-care; sick leave; holiday time.... etc.

    the ability to have a life besides work is built-in to their system.
    people are just more content.... even with boring jobs, like my alex.
    of course, this is only the opinion of one person, but I think it's probably typical.

    "Toleration is the greatest gift of the mind; it requires the same effort of the brain that it takes to balance oneself on a bicycle." -Helen Keller

    by ridemybike on Mon Oct 11, 2010 at 05:36:38 AM PDT

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