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Labor and Employment Law Research Guide

The following select federal agencies specialize in Labor and Employment issues. The general public can access all sources via free web links provided. View listings and contact information for all federal agencies at

U.S. Department of Labor 

The U.S. Department of Labor fosters, promotes, and develops the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers, and retirees of the United States, improves working conditions, advances opportunities for profitable employment, and assures work-related benefits and rights.

Wage and Hour Division 

The Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor promotes and achieves compliance with labor standards to protect and enhance the welfare of the nation's workforce.

Federal Labor Relations Authority 

The Federal Labor Relations Authority exercises leadership under the Federal Service Labor-Management Relations Statute to promote stable, constructive labor relations that contribute to a more effective and efficient government.

National Labor Relations Board 

The National Labor Relations Board  is an independent federal agency vested with the power to safeguard employees' rights to organize and to determine whether to have unions as their bargaining representative. The agency also acts to prevent and remedy unfair labor practices committed by private sector employers and unions.

Bureau of International Labor Affairs 

The Bureau of International Labor Affairs works to improve working conditions, raise living standards, protect workers' ability to exercise their rights, and address the workplace exploitation of children and other vulnerable populations.

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 

The Bureau of Labor Statistics measures labor market activity, working conditions, price changes, and productivity in the U.S. economy to support public and private decision-making.

Office of Disability Employment Policy 

The Office of Disability Employment Policy of the U.S. Department of Labor develops and influences policies and practices that increase the number and quality of employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission works to stop and remedy unlawful employment discrimination in the workplace by enforcing federal laws that prohibit employment discrimination. 

Employee Benefits Security Administration 

The Employee Benefits Security Administration ensures the security of the retirement, health, and other workplace-related benefits of America's workers and their families.

Occupational Health and Safety Administration 

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration ensures safe and healthful working conditions for workers by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education and assistance