Welfare work rules

Rules requiring people receiving welfare benefits to move towards employment in order to get their benefits. Recipients who fail to do so often face sanctions including the loss of benefits for a period of months.


An employee who alleges wrongdoing by his or her employer of the sort that violates public law or tends to injure a considerable number of people. The employer can be public or private. Whistleblowers often relay information to law enforcement and...

Whistleblower act

A type of law that protects employees from retaliation when they report (with some reasonable basis) wrongdoing by their employers.

See Whistleblower.

Whistleblower law

See Whistleblower act.

Whistleblower protection act

See Whistleblower act.


Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryThe practice of holding back a portion of money from an employee's paycheck to pay Social Security, Medicare, and income taxes.

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work credits

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryTo receive any kind of Social Security benefit -- retirement, disability, dependents, or survivors -- the person on whose record the benefit is to be calculated must have accumulated enough work credits....

Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN Act)

Federal statute requiring employers to give notice to workers when plants close and there are mass layoffs.

Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN)

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryA federal law that requires employers with at least 100 employees to give workers some advance notice of an impending plant closing or mass layoff that will result in job loss or more than a 50% hours cut...

Workers compensation


Workers' compensation laws protect people who become injured or disabled while working at their jobs. The laws provide the injured workers with fixed monetary awards, in an attempt to eliminate the need for litigation. These laws also provide...