Would you like to know what job opportunities exist within the U.S. Department of Labor, or find information on State Unemployment Insurance? Or maybe you’re an employer, looking for information on OSHA (Occupational Safety & Health Administration). You can find all that and more in The United States Department of Labor Website.

The following is a list of the top 20 items requested from the U.S. Department of Labor.

Occupational Outlook Handbook

The Handbook provides information on hundreds of different types of jobs, such as teacher; lawyer; and nurse. It also outlines the training and education needed; earnings; expected job prospects; what workers do on the job; and working conditions.

Bureau of Labor Statistics Employment and Unemployment Data

Provides Inflation & Prices; Employment; Unemployment; Pay & Benefits; Spending & Time Use; Productivity; Workplace Injuries; International; Employment Projections; Regional Resources; Historical News Release Tables; Maps; and Calculators.  

Consumer Price Index (Statistics)

The Consumer Price Indexes (CPI) program produces monthly data on changes in the prices paid by urban consumers for a representative basket of goods and services.  

COBRA Continuation Coverage

For Employees - Premium Reduction Fact Sheet; FAQs on the COBRA Premium Reduction; Fact Sheet and FAQs on Maintaining Coverage after COBRA Premium Reduction Ends; General COBRA FAQs for Employees; FAQs on Health Care Reform and COBRA; Review of Subsidy Denials; Notice When Eligible for Other Health Coverage; IRS Notice 2009-27; IRS COBRA Premium Reduction Information; HHS COBRA Premium Reduction Information; Healthcare.gov; House Committee on Ways & Means FAQs; and Guide to COBRA Health Continuation Coverage.

For Employers - COBRA ARRA Updated Model Notices; COBRA Model General Notice; COBRA Model Election Notice; Premium Reduction Fact Sheet; General COBRA FAQs for Employers; Submitting Documents for DOL Review of Subsidy Denials; IRS Notice 2009-27; IRS COBRA Premium Reduction Information; HHS COBRA Premium Reduction Information; Healthcare.gov; and Guide to COBRA Health Continuation Coverage 

 State Minimum Wage Laws

Minimum Wage Laws in the States effective January 1, 2011. Click on any state or jurisdiction on a map to find out about applicable minimum wage laws. Note: Where Federal and state law have different minimum wage rates, the higher standard applies.

Compliance Assistance: Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

Family and Medical Leave Act; Overview; Key News; General Guidance; Fact Sheets; e-Tools; Posters; Forms; Interpretive Guidance; Applicable Laws, Regulations, Rules, and Histories  

Current Population Survey (CPS)

The Current Population Survey (CPS) is a monthly survey of households conducted by the Bureau of Census for the Bureau of Labor Statistics. It provides a comprehensive body of data on the labor force, employment, unemployment, persons not in the labor force, hours of work, earnings, and other demographic and labor force characteristics.  

Occupational Employment Statistics (OES)

The Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) program produces employment and wage estimates for over 800 occupations. These are estimates of the number of people employed in certain occupations, and estimates of the wages paid to them. Self-employed persons are not included in the estimates. These estimates are available for the nation as a whole, for individual States, and for metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas; national occupational estimates for specific industries are also available.

Compliance Assistance: Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)

Overview; General Guidance; Posters; Interpretive Guidance; E-tools; Presentations; Applicable Laws and Regulations.

Find It By Topic - Unemployment Insurance (UI)

The Department of Labor's Unemployment Insurance (UI) programs provide unemployment benefits to eligible workers who become unemployed through no fault of their own, and meet certain other eligibility requirements. Find information on State Unemployment Insurance; Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA); Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees; Unemployment Compensation for Ex-Service members; Extended Benefits; Trade Readjustment Allowances (TRA); Self-Employment Assistance; One-Stop Career Centers; and Career One Stop.

Current Employment Statistics (CES)

Each month the Current Employment Statistics (CES) program surveys about 140,000 businesses and government agencies, representing approximately 440,000 individual worksites, in order to provide detailed industry data on employment, hours, and earnings of workers on nonfarm payrolls.

DOL Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Find answers to questions on various labor topics by selecting a category below. The Federal Register and the Code of Federal Regulations are the official source for regulatory information published by DOL. By Topic: About DOL; Retirement Plans & Benefits; Disaster Relief; Statistics; Grants & Contracts; Veterans; Health Plans & Benefits; Wages & Work Hours; Jobs & Training; Women; Laws & Regulations; Workers' Compensation; People with Disabilities; Workplace Safety & Health; Posters; Youth; and Other Labor Issues.

Compliance Assistance: Employment Laws and Regulations

Help Navigating DOL Laws and Regulations. New H-2A Poster; Updated Employment Law Guide; FAQs on COBRA Premium Reduction under ARRA Notices Revised. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is committed to providing America’s workers, employers, job seekers, and retirees — with clear and easy-to-access information on how to comply with federal employment laws. This information is often referred to as "compliance assistance," which is an important part of the Department’s efforts to protect the wages, health benefits, retirement security, employment rights, safety, and health of America’s workforce.

Find It! By Topic: Health Plans & Benefits

Continuation of Health Coverage — COBRA

DOL Forms Library

These are the most frequently requested Department of Labor forms. You can complete some forms online, while you can download and print all others.

e-laws: Veterans' Preference Advisor

These are the most frequently requested Department of Labor forms. You can complete some forms online, while you can download and print all others.

DOL Job Opportunities

It is easy to find and apply for a job at the U.S. Department of Labor. Find out how to apply for our many career opportunities. Good jobs for everyone. Apply for DOL Job Opportunities; Get Help With the Application Process; and Find Other Job-Related Information.

Find It By Topic - Leave Benefits – FMLA

Information on Family & Medical Leave; Funeral Leave; Government Contracts; Holidays; Jury Duty; Personal Leave; Sick Leave; and Vacations.

Workplace Poster Requirements for Small Businesses

Some of the statutes and regulations enforced by agencies within the Department of Labor require that posters or notices be posted in the workplace. The Department provides electronic copies of the required posters and some of the posters are available in languages other than English. Please note that posting requirements vary by statute; that is, not all employers are covered by each of the Department's statutes and thus may not be required to post a specific notice. For example, some small businesses may not be covered by the Family and Medical Leave Act and thus would not be subject to the Act's posting requirements. For information on coverage, visit the Employment Laws Assistance for Workers and Small Business (e-laws) Poster Advisor. You may also contact the Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization, for assistance with these notice requirements.  

OSHA Safety and Health Topics

Safety and Health Topics Pages provide access to selected occupational safety and health information. The subjects of these pages include specific workplace hazards, as well as individual industries. Members of the Editorial Boards evaluate numerous OSHA and non-OSHA references on a given subject to determine which they consider most important in reducing occupational injuries and illnesses. With the continued support of our users, editors, and editorial boards, OSHA's Safety and Health Topics Pages provide assistance for complying with OSHA standards, enabling employers to ensure safer workplaces.

For additional information or to review any one of the top 20 requested items from the U.S. Department of Labor, go to their web site at http://www.dol.gov/dol/top-requested.htm

Source: The Bureau of Labor Statistics:

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