social insurance


Definition of social insurance

: protection of the individual against economic hazards (such as unemployment, old age, or disability) in which the government participates or enforces the participation of employers and affected individuals

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The cut is biggest in the upper-middle brackets—a $2,000-a-month worker gets a break equal to around 7% of taxable income after social insurance, according to Gavekal Dragonomics—but substantial for much higher income brackets too. Nathaniel Taplin, WSJ, "China’s Tax Whodunit Is Far From Over," 5 Oct. 2018 Recently, the drumbeats for cuts in social insurance benefits have been sounding louder. Michael Hiltzik,, "Conservatives and business leaders worried about the deficit take aim at Social Security and Medicare," 9 Apr. 2018 Most come down to a choice between some form of social insurance, as in Japan and Germany, or getting more people to pay for care themselves. The Economist, "Theresa May’s lacklustre plan for the NHS," 21 June 2018 Once implemented, these types of social insurance policies have little to no negative impacts on employers. Alan Barber, Fortune, "Ivanka Trump’s Paid Leave Policy Would Be Disastrous. Here Are Some Better Options," 15 June 2018 In Jordan, businesses must register with the ministry of industry and trade and have a business license from their municipality to operate formally, be taxed and receive social insurance benefits for employees. Allison Spencer Hartnett, Washington Post, "Can Jordan’s new prime minister reform the government?," 13 June 2018 As this year’s topic, the students were tasked with analyzing the sustainability of a long-term care social insurance system. Erika Rose, Post-Tribune, "IU Northwest actuarial science students reach finals in international competition," 7 June 2018 Our social welfare system is, in effect, a system of social insurance. Kwame Anthony Appiah, New York Times, "Is It O.K. to Surprise Someone With a Negative Reference?," 31 Jan. 2018 In his perfect world, Republicans would run on tax cuts, carry out deep cuts to social insurance programs, and everyone in America would be devouring editorials from The Wall Street Journal. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Fanatic, Fraud, Factotum: The Rise and Fall of Paul Ryan," 11 Apr. 2018

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1890, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of social insurance was in 1890

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Legal Definition of social insurance

: insurance of the individual against certain hazards (as unemployment, old age, and disability) that is undertaken, facilitated, or enforced by government

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