The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently announced the launch of the New and Small Business Assistance and the Compliance Assistance Toolkits webpages. These new online tools are intended to assist American small businesses and workers with simple, straightforward resources that provide critical Wage and Hour Division (WHD) information, as well as links to other resources.
The webpages were established in response to feedback received from new and small business stakeholders voicing their need for a centralized location to secure the tools and information they need to comply with federal labor laws. These new webpages provide the most relevant publications and answer the questions most frequently asked by new and small business owners. These tools, in conjunction with worker.gov and employer.gov, hope to ensure greater understanding of federal requirements and provide tools to help employers find resources offered by other regulatory agencies.
In addition to these new resources, WHD recently made available compliance assistance videos that provide brief, plain-language explanations of the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA) requirements and protections. The videos provide essential information employers need to understand their obligations under the law.
The Office of Compliance Initiatives (OCI)- housed within the Department’s Office of the Assistant Secretary of Policy - fosters a compliance assistance culture within the Department designed to complement its ongoing enforcement efforts.
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