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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Recent Examples on the Web The task force, which disagreed on a lot, unanimously supported a universal social insurance program implemented and managed by the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment. Joe Rubino, The Denver Post, "Small businesses in Colorado eye paid family leave warily, but is it justified?," 15 Mar. 2020 The first state social insurance program for long-term care was recently initiated in Washington. Jasmine L. Travers, STAT, "We need long-term solutions for older Americans’ long-term care," 28 Dec. 2020 The study has an 87% confidence rate that a social insurance option funded by a 0.71% premium charged on employees’ wages to be solvent. Joe Rubino, The Denver Post, "Small businesses in Colorado eye paid family leave warily, but is it justified?," 15 Mar. 2020 Advocates for Social Security and other social insurance programs never let their guard down against threats to the programs and their beneficiaries. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Is Joe Biden secretly planning to cut your Social Security?," 3 Dec. 2020 From 1997 to 2016, Mexico’s hourly compensation costs -- salary, social insurance and labor taxes -- in the manufacturing sector held steady at about one-tenth the U.S. figure, according to a Conference Board database. David J. Lynch, Washington Post, "Trump’s Carrier deal fades as economic reality intervenes," 26 Oct. 2020 Unemployment benefits are basically a form of social insurance. Kwame Anthony Appiah, New York Times, "I Used a Sperm Donor. Should I Introduce My Daughter to Her Half Siblings?," 20 Oct. 2020 Washington state has created the nation’s first long-term care social insurance program. Ai-jen Poo, The New York Review of Books, "Who Cares? Now, All of Us Must," 27 May 2020 The German government has expanded the program to include contract workers and cover social insurance contributions. Carolynn Look,, "Explaining Kurzarbeit, or Saving Jobs the German Way," 3 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of social insurance

1890, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of social insurance was in 1890

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3 Mar 2021

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“Social insurance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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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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