NEW GUIDANCE: Department of Labor Releases New Websites for Workers and Employers and Creates Office of Compliance Initiatives

The US Department of Labor recently announced the creation of a new agency — the Office of Compliance Initiatives (OCI) – and its launching of two new websites (www.worker.gov and www.employer.gov).

According to the DOL, the OCI is will “promote greater understanding of federal labor laws and regulations, allowing job creators to prevent violations and protect Americans’ wages, workplace safety and health, retirement security, and other rights and benefits.”

The OCI is intended to “provide leadership and support to the [DOL’s] enforcement agencies, advancing the expansion and development of innovative approaches to compliance assistance and enforcement.” The OCI’s work will include:

  • Facilitating and encouraging a culture that promotes compliance assistance within the DOL
  • Providing employers and workers with access to high-quality, up-to-date information about their obligations and rights under federal labor laws and regulations
  • Assisting enforcement agencies in developing new strategies to use data for more impactful compliance and enforcement strategies
  • Enhancing outreach to stakeholders for the DOL’s enforcement agencies

The new websites are designed to assist workers and employers that have compliance questions. Worker.gov “provides a centralized base of information focused on worker protections” under various federal laws. Employer.gov provides employers with easy-to-understand information about their responsibilities under federal laws and regulations and includes a resource section specifically designed for small business owners.