workers' compensation

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryA program that provides medical care and replacement income to employees who are injured or become ill due to their jobs. Financial benefits may also extend to the survivors of workers who are killed on...

Workers' Compensation Acts

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryState statutes that 1) require employers to purchase insurance to protect their workers and 2) establish the liability of employers for injuries to workers while on the job or illnesses due to the...

workmen's compensation

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionarySee: workers' compensation

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Workplace safety

Workplace safety: an overview

Workplace safety and health laws establish regulations designed to eliminate personal injuries and illnesses from occurring in the workplace. The laws consist primarily of federal and state statutes. Federal laws and...

Wrongful constructive discharge

A modified claim of wrongful termination; instead of firing the employee, the employer wrongfully made working conditions so intolerable that the employee was forced to resign.

Working conditions might become intolerable through insults,...

Wrongful discharge

See Wrongful termination.

Wrongful termination

A fired employee's claim that the firing breached an employment contract or some public law.

Where an employment contract requires termination only for cause, a terminated employee can sue for arbitrary discharge. Wrongful discharge claims...

wrongful termination in violation of public policy

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryA legal claim that an employee has been illegally fired for reasons that most people would find morally or ethically repugnant. In many states, for example, an employee can sue for wrongful termination in...