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The purpose of the Department of Labor is to foster, promote, and develop the welfare of the wage earners of the United States, to improve their working conditions, and to advance their opportunities for profitable employment. In carrying out this mission, the Department administers a variety of Federal labor laws guaranteeing workers' rights to safe and healthful working conditions, a minimum hourly wage and overtime pay, freedom from employment discrimination, unemployment insurance, and workers' compensation. The Department also protects workers' pension rights; provides for job training programs; helps workers find jobs; works to strengthen free collective bargaining; and keeps track of changes in employment, prices, and other national economic measurements. As the Department seeks to assist all Americans who need and want to work, special efforts are made to meet the unique job market problems of older workers, youths, minority group members, women, the handicapped, and other groups.
The Department of Labor (DOL), the
employment opportunities. The Office of
Office of the Secretary of Labor Secretary The Secretary is the head of the Department of Labor and the principal adviser to the President on the development and execution of policies and the administration and enforcement of laws relating to wage earners, their working conditions, and their
of the Board is to consider and decide appeals from final decisions in cases arising under the Federal Employees' Compensation Act (5 U.S.C. 8101). The decisions of the Board are final and not subject to court review. For further information, call 202-401–8600. Administrative Appeals The Office of Administrative Appeals assists the Deputy Secretary in reviewing appeals from decisions of Administrative Law Judges under certain laws and programs. These appeals arise under the Job Training Partnership Act, the Trade Act, the Surface Transportation Assistance Act, the Energy Reorganization Act, and several environmental laws, unemployment insurance conformity proceedings, and cases brought by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs.
Office of Small Business and Minority Affairs This office, reporting to the Deputy Secretary of Labor, administers the Department's small and disadvantaged business utilization program; Executive Order 12876, to promote and increase participation of historically black colleges and universities in Federal programs, and similar initiatives for Hispanic and other minority colleges and universities; and the Federal Advisory Committee Act, to provide administrative support and guidance to DOL advisory, interagency, and intradepartmental committees. For further information, call 202-219-9148. Office of Administrative Law Judges Administrative law judges preside over formal hearings to determine violations of minimum wage requirements, overtime payments, compensation benefits, employee discrimination, grant performance, alien certification, employee protection, and health and safety regulations set forth under numerous statutes, Executive orders, and regulations. With few exceptions, hearings are required to be conducted in accordance with the Administrative Procedure Act (5 U.S.C. note prec. 551). For further information, contact the Office of the Chief Administrative Law Judge. Phone, 202-5655330.
For further information, contact the Director, Office of Administrative Appeals. Phone, 202-2199728.
Women's Bureau The Women's Bureau is responsible for formulating standards and policies that promote the welfare of wage earning women, improve their working conditions, increase their efficiency, and advance their opportunities for profitable employment.
Regional Offices-Women's Bureau
Benefits Review The Benefits Review Board is a five-member quasi-judicial body with exclusive jurisdiction to consider and decide appeals raising substantial questions of law or fact from decisions of Administrative Law Judges with respect to cases arising under the Longshoremen's and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act (33 U.S.C. 901) and its extensions and the Black Lung Benefits Act of 1972 (30 U.S.C. 801). The Board exercises the same review authority that the United States District Courts formerly held in these areas of the law prior to the 1972 amendments to both acts.
For further information, contact the Administrative Officer. Phone, 202-565-7500.
Wage Appeals/Service Contract Appeals The Wage Appeals Board and the Board
Address (Areas Sorved)
Atlanta, GA (1371 Peachtree St. Dorris Muscadin,
NE., 30367) (AL, FL, GA, KY, MS, Acting
NC, SC, TN) Boston, MA (1 Congress St. 02114) Jacqueline Cooke
(CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, VT) Chicago, IL (230 S. Dearborn St., Sandra K. Frank
60604) (IL, IN, MI, OH, WI) Dallas, TX (525 Griffin St., 75202) Evelyn F. Smith
(AR, LA, NM, OK, TX) Denver, CO (Suite 905, 1801 Califor- Oleta Crain
nia St., 80202-2614) (CO, MT.
ND, SD, UT, WY) Kansas City, MO (Suite 1230, 1100 Rose A. Kemp
Main St., 64105) (IA, KS, MO, NE) New York, NY (201 Varick St. Mary Murphree
10014) (NJ, NY) Philadelphia, PA (3535 Market St., Cornelia Moore
19104) (DC, DE, MO, PA, PR, VA,
St., 94105) (AZ, CA, HI, NV)
(AK, ID, OR, WA)
For further information, call 202-219-6611.
of Service Contract Appeals act on mission of the Department of Labor and behalf of the Secretary of Labor in the priority goals established by the deciding appeals on questions of law Secretary. Through attorney staff in and fact, taken in the discretion of the Washington and 15 field offices, the Boards from wage determinations issued Solicitor directs a broad-scale litigation under the Davis-Bacon Act (and its effort in the Federal courts pertaining to related Federal construction contract the statutes administered by the prevailing wage statutes) and the
Department, including institution and McNamara-O'Hara Service Contract Act; prosecution of Civil Court actions under debarments under the Department's the Fair Labor Standards Act, the regulations (29 CFR, Part 5), which Employment Retirement Income Security implement Reorganization Plan No. 14 Act of 1971, and the Migrant Seasonal of 1950 (5 U.S.C. app.), effective May Agricultural Worker Protection Act. The 24, 1950, and debarments under the attorney staff also represents the Department's regulations (29 CFR, Part Department in hearings under various 4), which implement the Service
laws including the Occupational Safety Contract Act; under the Department's and Health Act of 1970, the Black Lung regulations, disputes concerning the Benefits Reform Act, Federal Mine Safety payment of prevailing wage rates or and Health Act of 1977, and various proper classifications that involve
Government contract labor standards significant sums of money, large groups laws. Appellate litigation is conducted of employees, or novel or unusual by attorneys in the national situations; questions relating to coverage headquarters, and trial litigation is of the various acts; and
carried out by attorneys under the recommendations by Federal agencies direction of regional solicitors. for appropriate adjustments of liquidated The Solicitor of Labor also coordinates damages that are assessed under the the Department's legislative program; Contract Work Hours and Safety
prepares testimony and reports on Standards Act.
proposed legislation; provides legal
advice to interagency groups responsible For further information, contact the Executive Secretary. Phone, 202-219_9039.
for U.S. trade matters; participates in international organizations including the
International Labor Organization; and The Solicitor of Labor
reviews rules, orders, and regulations. The Office of the Solicitor (SOL)
For further information, contact the Office of provides the Secretary of Labor and
Administration, Management and Litigation
Support, Office of the Solicitor, Department of departmental officials with the legal
Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, services required to accomplish the DC 20210. Phone, 202-219-6863.
Regional Offices Office of the Solicitor
Jaylynn K. Fortney (RS)
Cynthia W. Brown (ARS)
Atlanta, GA (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, 1371 Peachtree St. NE., 30367
uth Carolina, Tennessee).
2015 2d Ave. N., Birmingham, AL 35203
2002 Richard Jones Rd., Nashville, TN 37215 Boston, MA (Connecticut, Maine, Massa- 1 Congress St., 02114
chusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Is
1240 E. 9th St., Cleveland, OH 44199 Dallas, TX (Arkansas, Louisiana, New 525 S. Griffin St., 75202
Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas).
Richard J. Fiore (RS)
Benjamin Chinni (ARS)
Tedrick A. Housh (RS)
Regional Offices Office of the Solicitor-Continued
(RS: Regional Solicitor, ARS: Associate Regional Solicitor)
Ann M. Noble (ARS) Patricia M. Rodenhausen
(RS) Deborah Pierce Shields
1961 Stout St., Denver, CO 80294 New York, NY (New Jersey, New York, 201 Varick St., 10014
Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands).
Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania,
Rm. 516, 4015 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22203
California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Or-
300 N. Los Angeles St., Los Angeles, CA 90012
Ronald E. Gurka (ARS) Daniel W. Teehan (RS)
John C. Nangle (ARS) Rochelle Kleinberg (ARS)
The Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB) carries out the Department of Labor's international responsibilities under the direction of the Deputy Under Secretary for International Affairs, and assists in formulating international economic, trade, and immigration policies affecting American workers.
The Bureau represents the United States on delegations to multilateral and bilateral trade negotiations, and on such international bodies as the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT), the International Labor Organization (ILO), the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), and other U.N. organizations. It also helps administer the U.S. Iabor attache program at embassies abroad; carries out overseas technical assistance projects; monitors internationally recognized worker rights; and conducts labor study programs for foreign visitors to the United States.
The Deputy Under Secretary serves as U.S. Government Representative to the ILO Governing Body, a Presidential appointment, and as head of the
tripartite U.S. delegation to the annual ILO Conference.
Pursuant to congressional mandate, in 1993, ILAB established a project to gather information on child labor practices worldwide, particularly in the production of goods that are imported into the U.S. Project activities have included holding public hearings, conducting research, and the publication of a two-volume set of reports, By the Sweat and Toil of Children, describing the use of child labor in certain manufacturing, mining, and commercial agriculture industries, as well as the exploitation of child slaves, including child prostitutes. In September 1995, ILAB held a symposium on forced child prostitution and published the proceedings. In addition to its research and reporting activities, ILAB has provided funding for International Labor Organization projects aimed at reducing child labor in Bangladesh, Brazil, Africa, the Philippines, and Thailand.
Effective January 1, 1994, the Secretary of Labor established, within the Bureau, the U.S. National Administrative Office of the North American Agreement on Labor Cooperation.
Employment and Training Administration
The Employment and Training
offices and services of the Administration Administration, through a variety of administer a Federal-State employment programs, fulfills responsibilities assigned security system; fund and oversee to the Secretary of Labor that relate to programs to provide work experience employment services, job training, and and training for groups having difficulty unemployment insurance. Component entering or returning to the work force;