HUMAN RESOURCES

French Twist

No one coddles employees like the French, right? Well, you may be surprised. The table at right lists the cost of firing workers, including mandatory severance pay, advance notice requirements, and penalties, in a sampling of nations. The cost is expressed in weeks of wages.
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Rank Country Weeks of wages
1. Brazil 165
2. Egypt 162
3. Indonesia 145
4. Guatemala 100
5. Turkey 112
6. China 90
7. Iran 90
8. India 79
9. Mexico 75
10. Peru 56
11. Austria 55
12. Ireland 52
13. Bangladesh 47
14. Venezuela 46
15. Denmark 39
16. United Kingdom 34
17. France 32
18. Canada 28
19. Finland 24
20. Sweden 24
21. Netherlands 16
22. Switzerland 12
23. Singapore 4
24. Afghanistan 4
25. United States 0

Source: The World Bank

Last updated: Jun 1, 2006




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