The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is the federal agency charged with promoting the best interests of wage earners, job searchers, and retirees. The DOL does this by: improving their working conditions, advancing their opportunities for profitable employment, protecting their retirement and health care benefits, helping employers find workers, strengthening free collective bargaining, and tracking changes in employment, prices, and other national economic measurements.
To carry out this mission the DOL administers federal labor laws that deal with employment including hourly wage and overtime pay, worker's right to safe working conditions, employment discrimination, and unemployment insurance.
Major Laws Administered: Department of Labor
The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) sets standards for the basic minimum wage and overtime pay, recordkeeping, and child labor. The FLSA affects most private and public sector employment, including government.
Additional laws administered include:
- the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA,
- the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA),
- the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA),
- USERRA, and
- other federal labor-related laws.
Assorted Additional Topics: Department of Labor
- Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS): Publishes information about employment including the:
- Occupational Outlook Handbook: A nationally recognized source for career and job-related information including job prospects and earnings, duties, and more.
- DOL Work Hours
- DOL Wages
- State Departments of Labor
- Additional DOL Topics
Start your search at the Department of Labor (DOL) for employment and unemployment information.