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 Labor Laws and Guidelines

The Department of Labor (DOL) fosters and promotes the welfare of U.S. job seekers, wage earners, and retirees in key areas, such as improving working conditions, advancing opportunities for profitable employment, and protecting retirement and health care benefits. In addition, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission enforces federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination. Please see the following helpful information and support tools that cover these areas below.

DOL Laws and Enforcement

Employer Support Tools

  • eLaws – The U.S. Department of Labor’s  eLaws (employment laws assistance for workers and small businesses) is designed to help you understand your rights and responsibilities under the laws and regulations administered by the DOL . Each elaws Advisor provides information about a specific law or regulations.
  • Employment Law Guide - This Guide describes the statutes and regulations administered by the Department of Labor (DOL) that affect businesses and workers. The Guide includes information to develop wage, benefit, safety and health, and nondiscrimination policies for businesses in general industry.
  • Compliance Assistance on selected U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) laws and regulations.

DOL Laws

  • DOL Wage and Hour Division: The Wage and Hour Division (WHD) is responsible for administering and enforcing some of our nation’s most comprehensive labor laws, including the minimum wage, overtime, and child labor provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA); and the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).
  • Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA):  The FLSA establishes minimum wage, overtime pay, recordkeeping, and youth employment standards affecting employees in the private sector and in federal, state, and local governments.
  • FairPay – DOL’s Overtime Rules. Under the FairPay rules, certain workers are guaranteed overtime protection.
  • Exemptions from minimum wage and overtime for executive, administrative, and professional employees, etc.
  • Salary and exemptions online videos
  • FLSA Child Labor Rules Advisor 
  • YouthRules! Website

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