According to the Constitution, all citizens of the Republic of Azerbaijan have the right to social protection (chapter III, Article 37). Social welfare (health insurance, occupational accidents, disability, unemployment and pension) issues are described in laws such as the Law on Employment (July, 2001),Law on Social Insurance (February, 1997), Law on Medical Insurance (October, 1999),Law on Pension Guarantees for Citizens (September 1992), Law on Prevention of Disability, Rehabilitation and Social Protection of Disabled People (August, 1995), Law on Healthcare of the People (June, 1997); the Presidential decrees, such as the Decree on Additional Measures on Social Aid (1992), Decree on Realisation of the Complex Programme on the Issues of Disabled People (the Cabinet of Ministers Decree, 1994),Decree on Financing the Measures of Social Security, Pensions and Allocations for Disabled, Unemployed People (2002), Decree on the Measures Towards Improving the State Pension System (2003),Decree on Increasing Pensions (2003), Decree on the Wage Augmentation for 50% of Artists (2003). The new Law on Culture also provides social security measures for cultural workers. This applies to creative workers and includes provisions to improve the working conditions of artists and scientists e.g. artists and sculptors receive working space under favourable conditions (e.g. low rents). Salaries for cultural institutions with national status are well above those that do not enjoy this status. Workers who were actively involved in the country’s cultural development, and have long service, may receive special pensions after retirement.