U.S. Dept. of Labor

Get a job! It’s a lot easier to say than it is to do. And once you find work, you want it to work for you – with fair wages, a safe workplace, benefits, training and growth options, and eventually, retirement.

Established in 1913, The Department of Labor (DOL) is responsible for tracking all these issues and more. The DOL administers and enforces more than 180 federal laws that ensure everything from the minimum wage to disability compensation, from mine safety to union democracy. The DOL also loves to count. In fact, they MAY love stats more than Major League Baseball FANS do. The department tracks unemployment and job creation (reporting those “job numbers” you hear about at the beginning of every month). The DOL ALSO acts as a peacekeeper in the business world, as IT'S routinely called upon to settle disputes between workers and management.

To accomplish this, the DOL calls on a dozen operating divisions, nearly 17,000 employees, and offices in every U.S. state and nearly every territory. Most of these offices deal with job creation, training, unemployment, and working conditions.

Wondering whether you should get paid while you’re taking a coffee break? The Department of Labor can tell you.

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