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November 4, 2008    DOL Home > Compliance Assistance > By Topic > Hiring Issues   

Hiring Issues

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There are a number of federal laws that employers must follow when hiring employees. Generally speaking, these laws prohibit discrimination in employment decisions based on race, color, religion, sex, age, ethnic/national origin, disability, or veteran status. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) administers and enforces laws affecting the hiring of employees under the age of 18, veterans, and certain foreign workers. DOL is also responsible for laws that ensure that federal contractors and grantees provide equal employment opportunity to applicants and employees.

In addition, in the course of on-site activities at employers' facilities, DOL Employment Standards Administration (ESA) staff may advise employers about their employment eligibility verification and anti-discrimination responsibilities under immigration laws and review employer records for compliance with these obligations (Form I-9). The Handbook for Employers outlines the required procedures for employers to follow when they are verifying the employment eligibility of all the workers they hire.

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