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words of art

Words of art is a reference to terminology with a meaning that is specific to a particular profession, art, science, technology, or other field; or jargon that is only known to those who have a particular occupation.

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words of procreation

Words of procreation are a language in a will or deed that indicates a transfer of property to one person and that person's descendants. Typically, the words are used as "to A and the heirs of his body," where A is the person who inherits the...

work credits

Work credits are used by the Federal government to determine a person’s eligibility for Social Security benefits, Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits, and Medicare. A person earns a credit for a certain amount earned in wages...

work for hire

A work for hire, or work made for hire, refers to works whose ownership belongs to a third party rather than the creator. Under general copyright principals, a copyright becomes the property of the author who created the work. However, work...

work made for hire

When a work is deemed to be "made for hire," the employer (and not necessarily the employee-creator of the work) is deemed to be the author and therefore owns all rights associated with the work under copyright law.

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work permit

The I-766 employment authorization document (EAD), commonly referred to as the work permit, is a document issued by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) that provides temporary work authorization to noncitizens in...

work product

Material prepared in anticipation of litigation. Generally, work product is privileged, meaning it is exempt from discovery. However, there are exceptions. Work product is divided into two categories: ordinary and opinion. Ordinary work product is the...

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)

The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN) was a bill passed in 1988 that required certain employers to notify employees and officials when laying off large numbers of employees. WARN first addressed layoffs resulting from...

workers' compensation

See: workers’ compensation

[Last updated in September of 2021 by the Wex Definitions Team]

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