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Compliance Assistance for Small Business

The U.S. Department of Labor is committed to providing its customers — America’s employers, workers, job seekers and retirees — with clear and easy-to-access information on how to comply with federal employment laws. Such information and guidance are often referred to as "compliance assistance," which is a cornerstone of the Department’s mission.

DOL’s Office of Compliance Assistance Policy spearheads a variety of Department-wide compliance assistance efforts and helps coordinate activities with many of DOL’s internal agencies. All of these activities are designed to protect the wages, health benefits, retirement security, safety and health of America’s workforce. Our compliance assistance resources and services include:

  • Printed brochures and pamphlets
  • Web-based information and tools
  • Telephone consultations
  • On-site consultations
  • Training sessions or seminars for individuals or groups

The following pages are gateways to Department of Labor compliance assistance resources:

Major Laws & Regulations Enforced by the Department of Labor — Access to compliance assistance on more than 20 Department of Labor laws and regulations.

Compliance Tools — Links to general tools developed by us to help prevent employment law violations; particularly helpful for small and/or new businesses.

FirstStep Employment Law Advisor — Online interactive tool that helps employers simply and quickly determine which of the major employment laws administered by DOL apply to their business or organization.

Employment Law Guide — Requirements of major Department of Labor laws and help for employers in determining which requirements apply to their businesses or workers.

Confidentiality Protocol for Compliance Assistance Inquiries — The policy outlining how Department of Labor staff will respond to the confidentiality concerns of callers requesting compliance assistance information and guidance.

Rulemaking — Links to information about plans for rulemaking and any rulemakings currently underway at the Department.

 DOL Partnerships for Compliance Assistance Program (PCAP) — Links to information about compliance assistance partnerships between DOL and nonprofit, third-party membership organizations.

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