benefits law

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryA federal law that prohibits discrimination against people with physical or mental disabilities in employment, public services, and places of public accommodation, such as restaurants, hotels, and...

Antitransfer Laws

Antitransfer laws, sometimes referred to as transfer of assets rules, penalize individuals who obtain eligibility for public benefits, such as Medicaid or SSI, by disposing of assets for less than fair market value. For example, Title XIX of...

Cafeteria Plan

A cafeteria plan is a written employee benefit program that allows employees to choose at least two benefits from a menu of options. As explained by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), a cafeteria plan must allow employees to choose between...

Conditional SSI Payments

Conditional supplemental security income (SSI) payments give SSI recipients payments when they have non-liquid resources that push them over SSI resource limits. Under SSI, recipients must remain below a certain threshold limit on resources...

Countable Resource

Countable resources are any assets or personal property included within a cap for receiving welfare aid from the government. The term usually refers to some kind of resource like jewelry that requires being sold before being used as income....

Dependents Benefits

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryA type of Social Security benefit available to spouses and minor or disabled children of retired or disabled workers who qualify for either retirement or disability benefits under the program's rigorous...

Disability Benefits

Disability benefits refers to money available from the government for disabled persons. These benefits are available under Title II of the Social Security Act as Social Security, and under Title XVI as Supplemental Security Income. Additionally,...

Disability Law

Overview

Disability law refers to laws related to individuals with disabilities; largely, these laws protect disabled individuals from certain kinds of discrimination, particularly regarding employment, housing, education, and access to public services...

Earnings Record

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryThe record of a person's earnings over his or her lifetime that is maintained by the Social Security Administration for purposes of calculating the amount of benefits to which one may be entitled --...

Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA)

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryA federal law that sets minimum standards for pension plans and health benefit plans, to protect the employees covered by these plans. ERISA requires plans to provide certain information to plan...

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