It’s important that you stay updated and compliant with government notifications.

Here are three areas you should focus on now.

Code of Federal Regulations

 The Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) includes all rules regarding Department of Labor (DOL) programs organized by CFR chapter and the corresponding DOL agency. The CFR compiles the entire text of agency regulations into one publication as a complete reference for Federal regulations. The Federal Register updates the publications at least quarterly according to a set schedule.

Major Laws, Executive Orders, and Regulations Enforced by DOL

Major Laws, Executive Orders, and Regulations Enforced by the DOL gives easily-accessible information on compliance with more than 180 federal employment laws, regulations, and Executive Orders given or overseen by the DOL. The following is a summary of some of those laws.

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), overseen by the Wage and Hour Division, outlines requirements for wages and overtime pay in public and private employment. Employers must pay covered, nonexempt employees at least the federal minimum wage and overtime pay that is 1 ½ times their regular rate of pay. Children under 16 years of age may work restricted hours, and children under 18 years of age may not work in dangerous jobs. In addition, the Division oversees the labor standards for the Immigration and Nationality Act, which lets aliens work in the U.S. under specific nonimmigrant visas.

The Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act, overseen by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), regulates safety and health conditions in most private industries and some public sectors. OSHA performs workplace inspections and investigations in accordance with the Act.

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), also overseen by the Wage and Hour Division, states that employers with at least 50 employees must allow up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave for employees who give birth to or adopt a child or for dealing with a serious sickness of the worker, a spouse, child, or parent.

Employment Law Guide

The Employment Law Guide covers the details of major DOL laws to help employers determine which laws apply to their company or workers and how the laws protect employers or employees. For example, employers don’t have to hire workers deemed unqualified. Also, employees must be properly compensated for their work. In addition, antidiscrimination laws ensure that qualified individuals have a chance to work at jobs they apply for.

Make sure that you stay current and compliant with all government regulations to avoid fines or lawsuits. For additional assistance with mitigating your business risks, get in touch with the trained professionals at Innovative Employee Solutions today!

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