Employees assemble motors at a Mercedes-Benz factory in Stuttgart, Germany, on Wednesday. The German government pays much of laid-off workers’s salaries for up to 12 months during economic crises.

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When the British economy ground to a halt a few weeks ago, Reda Maher suddenly found himself among the ranks of the unemployed, alongside untold millions of other people around the world.

But unlike many people around the world, Maher can rest easy, knowing that money will keep flowing into his bank account until he’s called back to work.

“I woke up a couple of hours later than I normally would. I won’t lie,” Maher said one afternoon earlier this month. “I took a nice long masked and gloved walk.

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