The Department of Labor (DOL) has launched what it’s calling the Office of Compliance Initiatives (OCI). Coordinated by the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Policy, this cross-agency effort aims to complement the department’s enforcement activities by strengthening and innovating compliance assistance outreach, according to the agency.

Part of this initiative is the launch of worker.gov and employer.gov, two websites with resources to assess compliance with the law.

Labor Secretary Acosta speaking in West Virginia earlier this year

OCI will promote greater understanding of federal labor laws and regulations, allowing job creators to prevent violations and protect Americans’ wages, workplace safety and health, retirement security, and other rights and benefits, according to the announcement of its opening. As part of its work, OCI will work with the enforcement agencies to refine their metrics to ensure the efficacy of the department’s compliance assistance activities.

“President Trump’s Administration is committed to protecting the American worker. Vigorous enforcement and compliance assistance go hand in hand,” said Labor Secretary Alex Acosta. “The Office of Compliance Initiatives expands our efforts to promote full compliance with federal labor law.”

OCI’s work will include:

  • Facilitating and encouraging a culture that promotes compliance assistance within the department
  • Providing employers and workers with access to high-quality, up-to-date information about their obligations and rights under federal labor laws and regulations
  • Assisting enforcement agencies in developing new strategies to use data for more impactful compliance and enforcement strategies
  • Enhancing outreach to stakeholders for the department’s enforcement agencies

OCI will also focus on helping enforcement agencies more effectively use online resources to deliver information and compliance assistance to the American people. The two new websites are designed to assist workers and job creators who have compliance questions.

Worker.gov¬†provides a centralized base of information focused on federal worker protections.¬†Employer.gov¬†provides job creators easy-to-understand information about their responsibilities under federal laws and regulations. The department said it expects more effective compliance assistance will help the department target enforcement resources on repeat and willful violators to level the playing field for America’s job creators who abide by the law.