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Davis-Bacon Act

A federal law that regulates prevailing wage rates on public works projects.

Deferred Compensation

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryAn arrangement in which a portion of an employee's income is paid at a later date than the date when it is earned. In most cases, the primary benefit is the tax deferral on the deferred income.

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Defined Benefit Plan

A type of pension plan that promises a specific benefit upon retirement. The benefit may be a set amount (such as $1,000 per month) or may be calculated according to a formula based on, for example, years of service and average salary. Compare: defined...

Defined Contribution Plan

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryA type of retirement plan that creates an individual account for each employee funded by contributions by the employer, the employee, or both. The amount contributed is set, either as a dollar amount or...

Disability

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary1) For purposes of antidiscrimination law, a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities.2) A legal impediment to taking a certain action, such as being a...

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...

Discharge

In the context of employment law, where an employee is terminated from employment involuntarily.

Discrimination

Different treatment for similarly situated parties, especially when no legitimate reason appears to exist. An employer who rejects all male applicants and hires the first female applicant with the same qualifications might be discriminating on the...

Dooced

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryFired for what one writes in a personal blog. The term comes from the name of a website (www.dooce.com) kept by Heather Armstrong, who was fired after she wrote about annoying habits of her coworkers and...

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