Department Of Labor Regulations

Written by Kimberly Clark
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The Department of Labor (DOL) has approximately 180 federal regulations that govern many of the ordinary activities that occur in the workplace. The laws do address the behavior of employees while on the job, but are mostly geared toward regulating the conduct of the employers. The Department of Labor regulations cover a wide range of topics including, but not limited to, wages, hours, workplace safety, and benefits.


Perhaps the most commonly referred to DOL regulation is the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The FLSA requires employers to pay their qualified workers a standard minimum hourly wage, which for most workers is $5.15 per hour. The FLSA guidelines also prohibit employers from hiring underaged workers for particular jobs and the rules prevent some operations from over-working youth workers by specifying the amount of time the young workers can actually spend on the job.


Another set of regulations the DOL enforces in the workplace is the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA). OSHA requires that public and private sector employers provide a safe and healthy environment for their workers. Conducting inspections and requiring that employers record and report all qualifying injuries, illnesses, and fatalities that occur while on the job to OSHA can assist the DOL in enforcing these regulations.

Workers' Compensation

There are several different mandates that require employers to continue to provide certain workers or their dependents with monetary payments and/or medical care. This compensation must be made if the worker is injured, disabled, or killed while participating in job related activities. Examples of these regulations are the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act (LHWCA) and the Federal Employees' Compensation Act (FECA). Having payroll software that can create reports can assist in proving accountability if a company is ever audited based on these acts.

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