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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.


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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17) It should equip itself to bear witness to Christ through active engagement in society and in serving people, pouring out its strength in developing welfare work for the betterment of society and as a means to building a harmonious society.
Tone's most provocative assertion is that welfare work sabotaged labor legislation.
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.
Elizabeth Lewis Otey, clearly viewed welfare work as a good thing and introduced the study with a condemnation of those in "labor circles" who saw such work as paternalism financed by lower wages.
New Delhi [India], Aug 21 ( ANI ): Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah will meet the Chief Ministers and Deputy Chief Ministers of all party-ruled states today to discuss core issues like development and social welfare work including the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.
The Royal British Legion runs the Poppy Appeal as a major fundraiser for the welfare work supported by the Legion 365 days a year.
STAFF at the RSPCA's flagship Birmingham Animal Centre and Hospital are set to play host to a special delegation from Japan, who are keen to find out more about the society's animal welfare work.
Carry on the much needed animal welfare work, Janet Cummings.
With considerable experience of advocacy and welfare work involving Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) mobility and care benefit claims, I read through the proposal in the Welfare Reform Bill 2011 to replace disability living allowance (DLA) with a new benefit called personal independence payment (PIP).
Her trade union and welfare work were recognised with an OBE.
The money will go directly to supporting the welfare work of The Legion in North Wales.
And he said this was having a major impact on the cash raised by his own charity for animal welfare work.