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The World's Best And Worst Places To Get Fired

The U.S. offers the weakest worker protections, Brazilian employees are entitled to serious severance, the UK's mandatory notice period is the longest. A quick tour of the global pink slip.

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Maayan Manela

TEL AVIV — Losing a job is never a nice experience, but laws in some countries offer departing employees better protection than in others at the moment of truth. For example, employees in the United States can be dismissed without notice or reason, while France and Italy have strict rules that protect employees from arbitrary layoffs. In fact, the prevalent perception in Europe is that employees have the right to keep a job virtually for life.

Accordingly, international companies often find it difficult to adapt to employment regulations in different countries. The way employees can be recruited, and fired, in the U.S., for example, is very different from what is allowed in China. And whereas Brazilian employees are almost always entitled to severance packages, the mandatory notice period in the UK is the longest.

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The "Corrosion" Strategy: How Ukraine Targets Russian Networks And Morale

Russia continues to shrink its ambitions in Donbas, as Ukraine doubles down on its strategy of guerilla attacks, interrupting supply and communication contacts and ultimately undermines the morale of the enemy.

Ukrainian soldiers sitting atop a tank in Donbas on May 22

Clemens Wergin

For years to come, military experts will be studying how Ukraine managed to push back a far stronger enemy and grind Russia’s major offensive in the east of the country to a halt.

Some military strategists are already trying to find a term to sum up the Ukrainians’ success. Australian military expert and retired army major general Mick Ryan credited Kyiv's stunning showing to "the adoption of a simple military strategy: corrosion. The Ukrainian approach has embraced the corrosion of the Russian physical, moral, and intellectual capacity to fight and win in Ukraine.”

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Ryan argues that while the Ukrainians have used the firepower they possess to halt the Russian advance, while aggressively targeting their enemy’s greatest shortcoming. “They have attacked the weakest physical support systems of an army in the field – communications networks, logistic supply routes, rear areas, artillery and senior commanders in their command posts,” Ryan wrote.

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