U.S. Department of Labor

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) works towards fostering and promoting the welfare of wage earners, job seekers and retirees in the United States. It also guides employers to ensure that they are aware of employee rights and responsibilities, as well as employment regulations. New and small business owners have a wide range of responsibilities to adhere to especially when it comes to compliance of different federal and employment laws. Through the DOL, small business owners are made aware of the following responsibilities: –

  • Maintaining employment records
  • Paying their employees in the right way
  • Notifying employees of their workplace rights
  • Adhering to requirements surrounding the employment of minors
  • Ensuring that eligible workers receive their unpaid family or medical leave

To carry out its mandate, the DOL government agency has more than 200 districts, field, and area offices all over the country. These offices have well-trained government employees to help workers as well as small business employers.

The DOL assists new and small businesses through the Wage and Hour Division (WHD). It is through the WHD that federal labor laws are administered. This is done through three key online tools, being the Payroll Audit Independent Determination (PAID), the DOL-Timesheet App and eLaws Advisors.

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