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A generic term for many government assistance programs. In general, it refers to programs in which the government pays money to indigent and unemployed persons. However, it may include non-cash payments such as food stamps. It may or may not include a requirement that able-bodied persons on welfare attempt to find work. Welfare is very controversial. Proponents argue that it helps the persons least able to help themselves, while critics contend it encourages people not to work. See also: TANF, Dole.
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that aspect of management concerned with the wellbeing, both physical and emotional, of employees. It is an umbrella term for a range of services and activities. HEALTH AND SAFETY (the regulation of working conditions) is probably the most important but is often managed separately from other welfare functions. Other welfare activities include the provision of canteens and social clubs, sports facilities, medical officers etc. Some organizations also provide counselling services to help individuals cope with, for instance, work-related stress.

The reasoning behind employer concern with welfare suggests that a contented workforce is likely to be more productive. Some employers also feel that it is a social obligation to their employees. Welfare activities usually come under the remit of the PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT function. In fact, in the UK the origins of personnel management lie in the concern to improve employee welfare felt by certain employers in the early years of the 20th century. See FRINGE BENEFIT, HUMAN RELATIONS. See also SOCIAL SECURITY.

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Chinese welfare work today is still in its initial stages.
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Concentrating on union welfare work, then, I have examined documents by and about the International Woodworkers of America (IWA), the United Auto Workers (UAW), and the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners, and have fleshed out these sources with material from labour centres' publications and from the records of the Canadian Labour Congress's Department of Provincial Federations and Councils.
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While pointing towards Mr Riaz's counsel, the chief justice observed that though he was not referring to his client but the court could not appreciate welfare work, charity, religious services and development of the housing scheme by acting like Robin Hood who used to rob the rich only to help the poor.
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KARACHI -- Acting President and Senate Chairman Mian Raza Rabbani Saturday lauded the welfare work rendered by the Edhi Foundation saying that it had been working for the welfare, betterment and upliftment of the underprivileged and deprived sections of the society.
He told the stories of Eleanor Wilton who set up a school solely for girls; Eliza Terry, a midwife, and Maria Ross who were the first in the country to act as health visitors; Catherine Exley, a mother who followed her husband to battlefields as a camp wife; Martha Mortimer, a champion for improving the conditions of the women working in the mills which ultimately cost her life but resulted in new laws being passed by Parliament; Hannah Spedding who worked in her father's biscuit factory and Gladys Inson's animal welfare work which resulted in a PDSA being set up in the town.
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