Departments of Labor

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What is the Department of Labor

A Department of Labor is a government agency at the state or federal level whose mission involves developing employment opportunities, improving the competitiveness of the workforce, ensuring fair labor practices, and promoting safe, healthy, and fair working conditions.

The U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) is comprised of more than two dozen offices and bureaus. The department enforces more than 180 federal labor laws that cover 10 million employers and 125 million workers. Several divisions enforce major areas of labor law, including the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Employee Benefits Security Administration, the Office of Workers Compensation Programs, and the Wage and Hour Division, which enforces the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Immigration and Nationality Act. The Office of Labor-Management Standards promotes the fairness and financial integrity of labor unions.

Within the USDOL, the Employment and Training Administration funds job training programs for adults, youth, and dislocated workers, and supports state and local efforts to develop a skilled workforce in order to spur economic expansion. The Employment and Training Administration provides funding to Workforce Investment Boards in all fifty states.

The USDOL's Bureau of Labor Statistics gathers and disseminates extensive data related to the workforce and the economy. Both private businesses and public policy makers use the information provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics for decision-making purposes.

At the state level, Departments of Labor carry out regulatory functions that resemble those of the USDOL by enforcing state labor laws regarding health and safety requirements, fair labor practices, and other areas of labor law. Labor departments assist workers who have been laid off in accessing unemployment, healthcare, and other benefits, often through Rapid Response Teams. State Departments of Labor may also assist people with disabilities in obtaining and keeping jobs. Many state Labor Departments have established labor relations boards to enforce state laws that govern public sector collective bargaining.