The Department of Labor (DOL) today announced the launch of an enhanced electronic version of its Handy Reference Guide to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). This new online version of one of the most popular publications of the Wage and Hour Division (WHD) is designed to assist American employers and workers with a simple, easy-to-follow resource that provides basic WHD information, as well as links to other resources.

whd-publishes-online-flsa-guideWHD says it established this electronic guide as part of its ongoing efforts to modernize compliance assistance materials for employers and workers, and to provide easily accessible, plain-language information that will guide them to compliance.

This tool offers a new design — reformatted for laptops, tablets, and other mobile devices — and provides numerous additional resources and related information, including plain-language videos.

In a nutshell, it provides immediate access to materials employers frequently need, and allows users to tailor their experience by exploring available information at whatever level of detail they choose. This tool, in conjunction with,, and other recently released online tools, will ensure greater understanding of federal labor laws and regulations, according to the DOL announcement.

“The Wage and Hour Division believes in providing employers all the tools they need to understand their responsibilities and comply with the law,” said Acting WHD Administrator Keith Sonderling. “We are committed to protecting the American worker, and leveling the playing field for job creators who abide by the law. Compliance assistance and vigorous enforcement go hand-in-hand.”