Labor Law

Major Laws of the U.S. Department of Labor

The U.S. Department of Labor administers and enforces more than 180 federal laws. These mandates and the regulations that implement them cover many workplace activities for about ten million employers and 125 million workers.

The Fair Labor Standards Act

The Fair Labor Standards Act prescribes standards for wages and overtime pay, which affect most private and public employment. The act is administered by the Wage and Hour Division of the Employment Standards Administration. It requires employers to pay covered employees who are not otherwise exempt at least the federal minimum wage and overtime pay of one-and-one-half-times the regular rate of pay.

For nonagricultural operations, it restricts the hours that children under age 16 can work and forbids the employment of children under age 18 in certain jobs deemed too dangerous. For agricultural operations, it prohibits the employment of children under age 16 during school hours and in certain jobs deemed too dangerous.

The Wage and Hour Division also enforces the labor standards provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act that apply to aliens authorized to work in the U.S. under certain nonimmigrant visa programs (H-1B, H-1C, H-2A).

- Workplace Safety and Health
- Workers’ Compensation
- Pensions and Welfare Benefits
- Unions and Their Members
- Employee Protection
- Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act
- Employee Polygraph Protection Act
- Garnishment of Wages
- The Family and Medical Leave Act

elaws Employment Law Assistance

Employment Laws Assistance for Workers and Small Businesses is designed to help you, as an employee or employer, understand your rights and responsibilities under the laws and regulations administered by the Department of Labor.

Each elaws Advisor provides information about a specific law or regulation. The Advisor imitates the interaction you might have with a DOL employment law expert. It asks questions, provides information and directs you to the appropriate resolution based on your responses. The site includes an Advisor on the subject of the Fair Labor Standards Act and on the subject of the Family and Medical Leave Act.

Working with Labor Employment Lawyers

Find an Employment Lawyer, Attorney or Law Firm to help with your employment law case. Labor lawyers usually specialize in labor law litigation and nothing else, which gives them exceptional experience with employment legal procedures, case history and anything else related to labor law that a labor attorney should know. An employment attorney lawyer will take your case if the case has merit. This will allow you to focus on your extra issues and take care of your health, home and job knowing you have an employment labor lawyer on your side.