Department of Labor (DOL) (Federal Agency Profiles)
ESTABLISHED: March 4, 1913
ADDRESS: 200 Constitution Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20210
PHONE: (202) 219-5000
FAX: (202) 219-8822
SECRETARY OF LABOR: Alexis M. Herman
WHAT IS ITS MISSION?
The Department of Labor (DOL) was established in 1913 to protect the interests of and strengthen the rights of working people, and to improve workplace conditions for the employed. To achieve these goals, the DOL deals with a broad range of programs designed to promote the well-being of workers, including job safety, workers' compensation, unemployment insurance, fair labor practices, and job training opportunities.
HOW IS IT STRUCTURED?
The DOL was the ninth cabinet-level department created and remains part of the executive branch of government. The department is led by a secretary who is appointed by the president. The secretary serves as the principal adviser to the president on the development of labor policies designed to ensure safe working conditions, protect employees' rights, and advance employment opportunities. The DOL consists of eight...
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Labor Department (West's Encyclopedia of American Law)
The Department of Labor (DOL) administers federal LABOR LAWS for the EXECUTIVE BRANCH of the federal government. Its mission is "to foster, promote, and develop the welfare of the wage earners of the United States, to improve their working conditions, and to advance their opportunities for profitable employment" (29 U.S.C.A. § 551 ). The DOL was created in 1913 out of four bureaus from the Department of Commerce and Labor: the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Bureau of Immigration, Bureau of Naturalization, and Children's Bureau.
The DOL is headed by the secretary of labor, who serves in the president's cabinet. The department's numerous responsibilities include administering and enforcing federal labor laws guaranteeing workers' rights to safe and healthful working conditions, a minimum hourly wage and overtime pay, freedom from employment discrimination, unemployment insurance, and workers' compensation. The department protects workers' PENSION rights, provides for job training programs, helps workers find jobs, and works to strengthen the COLLECTIVE BARGAINING process. It keeps track of changes in employment, prices, and other economic measurements. The DOL also makes special efforts to address the unique job market problems of minorities, women, children, the elderly, DISABLED PERSONS, among other classes of workers.
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