Department of Labor: Mission: To foster, promote, and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers, and retirees of the United States; improve working conditions; advance opportunities for profitable employment; and assure work-related benefits and rights.
Agencies: Administrative Review Board ♦ Benefits Review Board ♦ Bureau of International Labor Affairs ♦ Bureau of Labor Statistics ♦ Employee Benefits Security Administration ♦ Employees' Compensation Appeals Board ♦ Employment & Training Administration ♦ Mine Safety & Health Administration ♦ Occupational Safety & Health Administration ♦ Office of Administrative Law Judges ♦ Office of Congressional & Intergovernmental Affairs ♦ Office of Disability Employment Policy ♦ Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs ♦ Office of Inspector General ♦ Office of Labor-Management Standards ♦ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Administration & Management ♦ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Policy ♦ Office of the Chief Financial Officer ♦ Office of the Solicitor ♦ Office of Workers' Compensation Programs ♦ Ombudsman for the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program ♦ Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation ♦ Veterans Employment & Training Service ♦ Wage & Hour Division ♦ Women's Bureau
Quick Links: How Do I File for Unemployment Insurance? ♦ Industry-Recognized Apprentice Programs ♦ Apprenticeship Finder ♦ Worker.gov ♦ Employer.gov ♦ Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA) ♦ Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) ♦ Workplace Posters ♦ Minimum Wage
Administrative Review Board: ARB issues final agency decisions in cases arising from worker protection laws, including whistleblower and public contract laws. The Secretary of Labor has granted authority and assigned responsibility to the Board to issue final agency decisions after review or on appeal of matters arising under a wide range of employee protection laws. The jurisdiction of the Board includes, but is not limited to, the following areas of law: environmental, transportation, and securities whistleblower protection; temporary immigration programs; child labor; employment discrimination; job training; and federal construction and service contracts. The Board’s cases generally arise on appeal from decisions by Department of Labor Administrative Law Judges or determinations by the Administrator of the Department’s Wage and Hour Division. Depending upon the statute at issue, parties may appeal the Board’s decisions to federal district or appellate courts and ultimately to the United States Supreme Court. The mission of the Board is to do justice under the law by rendering legally correct and well-reasoned appellate decisions in a timely and efficient manner, treating all those who come before the Board fairly and impartially.
Benefits Review Board: created by Congress in 1972 to review appeals of administrative law judges’ decisions arising under the Black Lung Benefits Act, Title IV of the Coal Mine Health and Safety Act, 30 U.S.C. §901 et seq., and the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, 33 U.S.C. §901 et seq., and its extensions, including the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, 43 U.S.C. §1331 et seq., the Defense Base Act, 42 U.S.C. §1651 et seq., and the Nonappropriated Fund Instrumentalities Act, 5 U.S.C. §8171 et seq. The Board has authority to resolve appeals under these statutes, filed by any party-in-interest, which raise a substantial question of law or fact, and it reviews the decisions of administrative law judges in order to determine whether the findings are supported by substantial evidence and are in accordance with law. The Board’s decisions may be appealed to the U.S. Courts of Appeals in the circuit where the injury arose, and from there to the U.S. Supreme Court. The Board, by statute, consists of five Members appointed by the Secretary of Labor, one of whom is designated as Chairman and Chief Administrative Appeals Judge.
Bureau of International Labor Affairs: ILAB's mission is to promote a fair global playing field for workers and businesses in the United States and around the world by enforcing trade commitments, strengthening labor standards, and combating international child labor, forced labor, and human trafficking.
Bureau of Labor Statistics: BLS measures labor market activity, working conditions, price changes, and productivity in the U.S. economy to support public and private decision making. Fact-finding agency for the Federal Government in the field of labor economics and statistics. Collects, processes, analyzes, and disseminates essential statistical data to the American public, the U.S. Congress, other Federal agencies, State and local governments, business, and labor.
Pay & Benefits: Employment Costs ♦ National Compensation Data ♦ Wage Data by Area & Occupation ♦ Earnings by Demographics ♦ Earnings by Industry ♦ County Wages ♦ Benefits ♦ Compensation Research ♦ Strikes & Lockouts
Employment: National Employment ♦ State & Local Employment ♦ County Employment ♦ Green Goods & Services ♦ Worker Characteristics ♦ Employment Projections ♦ Job Openings & Labor Turnover Survey ♦ Employment by Occupation ♦ Work Experience Over Time ♦ Business Employment Dynamics ♦ Foreign Direct Investment ♦ Employment Research
Geographic Information: New England (Boston) ♦ New York-New Jersey (NY City) ♦ Mid-Atlantic (Philadelphia) ♦ Southeast (Atlanta) ♦ Midwest (Chicago) ♦ Southwest (Dallas) ♦ Mountain-Plains (Kansas City) ♦ West (San Francisco)
Latest Publications: The Economics Daily ♦ Monthly Labor Review ♦ Beyond the Numbers ♦ Spotlight on Statistics ♦ Reports ♦ Commissioner's Corner ♦ Videos ♦ Career Outlook ♦ Occupational Outlook Handbook ♦ Geographic Profile ♦ Handbook Methods ♦ Research Papers ♦ Copyright Information ♦ Contact & Help ♦ Weekly Update
Economic Releases: Latest Releases ♦ Major Economic Indicators ♦ Schedules for News Releases (By Month | By News Release | Current Year | Prior Years) ♦ Archived News Releases ♦ Employment & Unemployment ( Monthly | Quarter, Annual & Other) ♦ Inflation & Prices ♦ Pay & Benefits & Workplace Injuries ♦ Productivity & Technology ♦ Employment Projections ♦ Regional News Releases
Employee Benefits Security Administration: EBSA is committed to educating and assisting the nearly 154 million workers, retirees and their families covered by approximately 722,000 private retirement plans, 2.5 million health plans, and 885,000 other welfare benefit plans holding approximately $11.1 trillion in assets; as well as plan sponsors and members of the employee benefits community. EBSA balances proactive enforcement with compliance assistance and works diligently to provide quality assistance to plan participants and beneficiaries. It is the policy of EBSA to provide the highest quality of service to its customers.
Health Benefits: COBRA Health Continuation Coverage ♦ Claiming Health Benefits ♦ Affordable Care Act ♦ Dependent Coverage ♦ Mental Health & Substance Use Disorder Benefits ♦ Health Benefits Compliance Assistance ♦ Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA)
Workers: Educational Seminars & Webinars ♦ First Job ♦ Changing Jobs & Job Loss ♦ Marriage & Domestic Partnerships ♦ Childbirth & Adoption ♦ Loss of Dependent Coverage ♦ Separation & Divorce ♦ Death of a Family Member ♦ Preparing for Retirement ♦ Disaster Relief ♦ Additional Protections
Laws & Regulations: Key Laws ♦ Federal Register Notices ♦ Technical Appendices ♦ Code of Federal Regulations ♦ Regulations Open for Comment ♦ Public Comments ♦ Regulatory Agenda ♦ Peer Review ♦ Exemptions ♦ Guidance
Employees' Compensation Appeal Board: The Board's mission is to hear and decide cases on appeal from decisions of the Office of Workers' Compensation Programs in an impartial and expeditious manner. The decisions of the Board are made in accordance with its statutory mandate, based on a thorough review of the case record as compiled by OWCP. Injured federal workers have the opportunity for a full evidentiary hearing with OWCP's Branch of Hearings and Review prior to review of the record by the Board.
Employment & Training Administration: The mission of ETA is to contribute to the more efficient functioning of the U.S. labor market by providing high-quality job training, employment, labor market information, and income maintenance services primarily through state and local workforce development systems.
Program Areas: American Job Centers ♦ Apprenticeship ♦ Disability ♦ Dislocated Worker Grants ♦ Employers ♦ Farmworkers ♦ Federal Bonding Program ♦ Foreign Labor Certification ♦ Grants ♦ Indians & Native Americans ♦ Job Corps ♦ Job Seekers ♦ Layoffs & Rapid Response ♦ Reentry ♦ Older Workers ♦ Skills Training Grants ♦ Trade Adjustment Assistance ♦ Unemployment Insurance ♦ Veterans ♦ Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA) ♦ WIOA Adult Program ♦ Work Opportunity Tax Credit ♦ Youth ♦ YouthBuild
Apprenticeship.gov: One-stop source to connect career seekers, employers, and education partners with apprenticeship resources. Discover apprenticeships across industries, how programs are started by employers, and how to become an apprentice.
Mine Safety & Health Administration: MSHA helps to reduce deaths, injuries, and illnesses in the nation's mines with a variety of activities and programs. The Agency develops and enforces safety and health rules for all U.S. mines, and provides technical, educational and other types of assistance to mine operators. MSHA works cooperatively with industry, labor, and other federal and state agencies to improve safety and health conditions for all miners in the United States.
Training & Education: Training Programs & Courses ♦ Safety & Health Materials ♦ Developing a Training Plan ♦ Mine Rescue Training ♦ Instructor Materials ♦ Quarterly Training Calls & Stakeholders Meetings
Mine Data Sources & Calculators: Compliance Tools ♦ Monthly Monitoring tool for Pattern of Violations (POV) ♦ Significant & Substantial (S&S) Rate Calculator
Occupational Safety & Health Administration: With the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, Congress created the OSHA to ensure safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education and assistance.
Help & Resources: Annual Inspection Data ♦ Data & Statistics ♦ E-Tools ♦ Establishment Search ♦ Fatality Reports ♦ File a Complaint ♦ Publications ♦ Report a Fatality or Serious Injury ♦ Safety & Health Topics Pages ♦ Suicide Prevention ♦ Training ♦ Videos
Office of Administrative Law Judges: OALJ is the administrative trial court for the U.S. Department of Labor. OALJ conducts hearings nationwide. The Department of Labor has the third largest administrative law judge (ALJ) office in the Federal government. OALJ is headquartered in Washington, DC, and has judges and staff located in eight district offices. ALJs are appointed under the U.S. Const. art. II, § 2, cl. 2 and the Administrative Procedure Act, 5 U.S.C. § 3105.
Libraries: Administrative Procedure Act & ALJs Generally ♦ Administrative Review Board ♦ Black Lung ♦ Davis Bacon Act - Service Contract Act ♦ Employment Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) Collection ♦ Forms ♦ Immigration ♦ Longshore ♦ Miscellaneous Cases ♦ Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) ♦ Rules of Practice & Procedure ♦ Whistleblower ♦ Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act
Office of Congressional & Intergovernmental Affairs: OCIA serves to advance the Secretary’s mission promoting the DOL to policymakers both in Washington and throughout state and local governments. OCIA assists the Secretary, Deputy Secretary, agency heads, and departmental staff to develop effective programs and strategies to achieve the Department's legislative goals and objectives. OCIA also coordinates with Departmental leadership to educate policymakers about the Department's programs and federal labor issues.
OCIA Functions: OCIA is the DOL's liaison to Congress and other governmental entities. In this capacity OCIA’s main responsibility is communicating the Department’s priorities and policies. This effort is accomplished by:
Office of Disability Employment Policy: ODEP is the only non-regulatory federal agency that promotes policies and coordinates with employers and all levels of government to increase workplace success for people with disabilities. ODEP's mission is to develop and influence policies and practices that increase the number and quality of employment opportunities for people with disabilities.
Initiatives: Employment First ♦ Americans with Disabilities Act 30th Anniversary ♦ Campaign for Disability Employment ♦ Disability Employment Initiative ♦ National Disability Employment Awareness Month ♦ Stay at Work/Return to Work
Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs: OFCCP protects workers, promotes diversity and enforces the law. OFCCP holds those who do business with the federal government (contractors and subcontractors) responsible for complying with the legal requirement to take affirmative action and not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran. In addition, contractors and subcontractors are prohibited from discharging or otherwise discriminating against applicants or employees who inquire about, discuss or disclose their compensation or that of others, subject to certain limitations.
Laws & Policy: Executive Order 11246 ♦ VEVRAA - Veterans Law ♦ Section 503 - Disability Law ♦ Executive Order 13950 (Revoked) ♦ Directives ♦ Federal Contract Compliance Manual ♦ FAQs ♦ Office of Administrative Law Judges OFCCP Collection ♦ Opinion Letters ♦ Memoranda of Understanding ♦ Rescission Notices ♦ Significant Guidance Documents
Contractor Assistance: Best Practices & Resources ♦ Compensation Discrimination ♦ Compliance Assistance Guides ♦ Compliance Posters ♦ Contractor Assistance Portal ♦ Contractor Compliance Institute ♦ Determining Availability: EEO TAB ♦ Disability Voluntary Self-ID Form ♦ elaws Federal Contractor Advisor ♦ Employment Resource Referral Directory ♦ Functional Affirmative Action Programs (FAAP) ♦ Jurisdiction Infographics ♦ Jurisdiction Thresholds ♦ OFCCP at a Glance ♦ Opening Doors of Opportunity for All Workers Poster ♦ Regional Outreach Coordinator ♦ Sample AAPs ♦ Webinars ♦ What Contractors Can Expect
Office of Inspector General: OIG conducts audits to review the effectiveness, efficiency, economy, and integrity of all DOL programs and operations, including those performed by its contractors and grantees. This work is conducted in order to determine whether: the programs and operations are in compliance with the applicable laws and regulations; DOL resources are efficiently and economically being utilized; and DOL programs achieve their intended results. The OIG also conducts criminal, civil, and administrative investigations into alleged violations of federal laws relating to DOL programs, operations, and personnel. In addition, the OIG conducts criminal investigations to combat the influence of labor racketeering and organized crime in the nation’s labor unions in three areas: employee benefit plans, labor-management relations, and internal union affairs. The OIG also works with other law enforcement partners on human trafficking matters.
Publications & Reports: Audit & Other Reports ♦ Recommendation Dashboard ♦ Audit Workplan ♦ Recently Announced Projects ♦ Investigations Newsletters ♦ Summary of Investigative Findings ♦ OIG Video Highlights ♦ Semiannual Reports to Congress ♦ Top Management & Performance Challenges ♦ Significant Concerns ♦ Congressional Testimony
Office of Labor-Management Standards: OLMS administers and enforces most provisions of the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act of 1959 (LMRDA). LMRDA primarily promotes union democracy and financial integrity in private sector labor unions through standards for union officer elections and union trusteeships and safeguards for union assets. LMRDA promotes labor union and labor-management transparency through reporting and disclosure requirements for labor unions and their officials, employers, labor relations consultants, and surety companies. OLMS also administers provisions of the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978 and the Foreign Service Act of 1980, which extend comparable protections to Federal labor unions. OLMS does not have jurisdiction over unions representing solely state, county, or municipal employees. In addition, the Division of Statutory Programs (DSP) administers DOL responsibilities under the Federal Transit Act by ensuring that fair and equitable arrangements protecting mass transit employees are in place before the release of Federal transit grant funds.
Reports, Disclosure & Decisions: Public Disclosure Room ♦ Search Collective Bargaining Agreements ♦ Search LM Reports ♦ Final Agency Decisions ♦ Enforcement ♦ Compliance Audits ♦ Annual Reports ♦ Historical Enforcement Data ♦ Historical Filing Data
Laws & Regulations: Labor-Management Reporting & Disclosure Act (LMRDA) ♦ Civil Service Reform Act (CSRA) ♦ Poster: Notice of Employee Rights Under Federal Law (Executive Order 13496) ♦ Mass Transit Employee Protections
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Administration & Management: OASAM provides the infrastructure and support that enables the DOL to perform its mission. OASAM provides leadership and support for departmental budget and procurement, information technology, human resources management and civil rights, space management, physical security, emergency management, and strategic planning.
Centers & Offices: Business Operations Center ♦ Civil Rights Center ♦ Departmental Budget Center ♦ Emergency Management Center ♦ Office of Human Resources ♦ Office of Chief Information Officer ♦ Office of the Senior Procurement Executive ♦ Performance Management Center ♦ Regional Offices ♦ Security Center ♦ Wirtz Labor Library
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Policy: OASP provides advice to the Secretary of Labor, Deputy Secretary of Labor, and Department leadership on policy development, program evaluation, regulations, program implementation, data governance, compliance strategies, research, and legislation that will improve the lives of workers, retirees and their families.
Office of the Chief Financial Officer: OCFO delivers timely, accurate, and reliable financial information to decision makers through efficient and effective financial systems and business processes, fosters effective stewardship of public funds, and safeguards fiscal integrity through effective internal controls. OCFO ensures the Department's compliance with federal financial integrity legislation, including the Chief Financial Officers Act. Provides financial management leadership, direction, and guidance to the Office of the Secretary of Labor and all DOL program agencies. Manages the financial management system and leads the Department's efforts on the annual independent financial audit. OCFO leads efforts to examine, identify, and implement administrative cost reduction initiatives and improve efficiencies across DOL.
Office of the Solicitor: SOL mission is to meet the legal service demands of the entire DOL. As the Secretary of Labor and other Department officials seek to accomplish the Department's overall mission and to further specific priorities, the SOL provides legal advice regarding how to achieve those goals. In doing so, SOL ensures that the nation's labor laws are forcefully and fairly applied to protect the Nation's workers.
Related Agencies: Administrative Review Board ♦ Benefits Review Board ♦ Employees' Compensation Appeals Board ♦ Office of Administrative Law Judges ♦ Other DOL Agencies ♦ Federal Mine Safety & Health Review Commission ♦ Occupational Safety & Health Review Commission
Office of Workers' Compensation Programs: OWCP administers four major disability compensation programs that provide wage replacement benefits, medical treatment, vocational rehabilitation and other benefits to certain workers or their dependents who experience work-related injury or occupational disease. These Programs:
Ombudsman for the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program: Created in 2004 by Congress for the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program. Although it is within the DOL, the Office of the Ombudsman is independent of the other officers and employees of the DOL engaged in activities related to the administration of the provisions of the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA).
The Office of the Ombudsman has three primary responsibilities:
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation: PBGC protects the retirement incomes of over 34 million American workers in private sector defined benefit pension plans. A defined benefit plan provides a specified monthly benefit at retirement, often based on a combination of salary and years of service. PBGC was created by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 to encourage the continuation and maintenance of private sector defined benefit pension plans, provide timely and uninterrupted payment of pension benefits, and keep pension insurance premiums at a minimum.
Veterans Employment & Training Service: VETS mission is to prepare America's veterans, service members and their spouses, for meaningful careers, provide them with employment resources and expertise, protect their employment rights and promote their employment opportunities.
Program Areas: Transition Assistance Program ♦ Uniformed Services Employment & Reemployment Rights Act ♦ Jobs for Veterans State Grants ♦ Homeless Veterans' Reintegration Program ♦ Stand Down ♦ Federal Contractor Reporting/VETS-4212 ♦ HIRE Vets Medallion Program ♦ Military Spouses ♦ Veterans' Preference ♦ Women Veterans
Wage & Hour Division: WHD enforces federal minimum wage, overtime pay, recordkeeping, and child labor requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act. WHD also enforces the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act, the Employee Polygraph Protection Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, wage garnishment provisions of the Consumer Credit Protection Act, and a number of employment standards and worker protections as provided in several immigration related statutes. Additionally, WHD administers and enforces the prevailing wage requirements of the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts and the Service Contract Act and other statutes applicable to federal contracts for construction and for the provision of goods and services.
Topics: Wages ♦ Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA) ♦ Break Time for Nursing Mothers ♦ Child Labor ♦ Government Contracts ♦ Immigration ♦ Agricultural Employment ♦ Subminimum Wage ♦ Employment of Workers with Disabilities ♦ Lie Detector Tests ♦ United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement
For Employers: Resources for Employers ♦ Regulatory Library ♦ Interpretive Guidance ♦ Forms ♦ Posters ♦ Industry-Specific Resources ♦ Compliance Assistance ♦ elaws Advisors ♦ Fact Sheets ♦ New & Small Businesses Resources ♦ Presentations
Resources: Posters ♦ Forms ♦ Compliance Assistance Toolkits ♦ New & Small Business Resources ♦ Fact Sheets ♦ Presentations ♦ Publications by Language ♦ elaws ♦ FLSA Compliance Videos ♦ Know Your Rights Video Series ♦ Employer.gov ♦ Worker.gov ♦ Data ♦ DOL Enforcement Database ♦ Order Publications
Interpretive Guidance: Laws & Regulations ♦ Field Handbook ♦ Administrator Interpretations, Opinion & Ruling Letters ♦ Field Bulletins
Women's Bureau: WD develops policies and standards and conducts inquiries to safeguard the interests of working women; to advocate for their equality and economic security for themselves and their families; and to promote quality work environments.
Topics: Apprenticeships ♦ RESTORE Opioid Grants ♦ Employment Protections for Workers Who Are Pregnant or Nursing ♦ Equal Pay & Pay Transparency Protections ♦ Webinars ♦ Federal Resources for Women ♦ Paid Leave