DOL Forms New Office to Expand Compliance Outreach

Published September 12, 2018

The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Compliance Initiatives, or OCI, was recently announced as a new agency effort to strengthen DOL’s compliance assistance outreach. OCI will be coordinated by the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Policy, which advises the secretary of labor and other department leadership on policy development, program evaluation, regulations, program implementation, compliance strategies, research, and legislation intended to improve the lives of workers, retirees, and their families. According to DOL’s press release, OCI will provide employers and workers with access to up-to-date information about their obligations and rights under federal labor laws and regulations. OCI will also help enforcement agencies develop new strategies to use data for “more impactful” compliance and enforcement strategies.

Two new websites were launched along with OCI to provide resources for workers and employers who have compliance questions. Worker.gov covers information about common workplace concerns and federal worker protections, and Employer.gov provides information about employers’ responsibilities under federal laws and regulations. Along with information about workplace safety and health, the websites also cover topics such as nondiscrimination, federal contractor requirements, retirement security, and other worker rights.