Frequently Asked Questions
New and growing small businesses often need help identifying and
understanding the specific U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) laws and regulations that apply to them. A
variety of the Departments compliance assistance resources can help in
this regard, including the elaws FirstStep
Employment Law Advisor and the Employment
Law Guide, which describes 24 major laws enforced by DOL in plain,
easy-to-understand language. These tools, and a variety of other compliance assistance
materials, provide employers with the introductory information they need to
develop wage, benefit, safety and health, and nondiscrimination policies for
Employment Law Guide -
Describes DOLs major laws using plain language covering various employment issues including minimum wage, overtime, safety and health,
pensions, family and medical leave, nondiscrimination, and more.
- COBRA Continuation Coverage - The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) provides for premium reductions and additional election opportunities for health benefits under the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985, commonly called COBRA. The TAA Health Coverage Improvement Act of 2009, enacted as part of ARRA, also made changes with regard to COBRA continuation coverage.
DOL enforces more than 180
employment laws and regulations, and the specific laws that apply to a
particular business depend upon its number of employees, the nature of its
business, and numerous other factors.
For questions on DOL laws,
please call DOL's Toll-Free Help Line at 1-866-4-USA-DOL. Live assistance is available in English and Spanish, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Additional service is available in more than 140 languages through a translation service.
*Pursuant to the U.S. Department of Labor's Confidentiality Protocol
for Compliance Assistance Inquiries, information provided by a telephone caller
will be kept confidential within the bounds of the law. Compliance assistance
inquiries will not trigger an inspection, audit, investigation, etc.