New Policy Helps Businesses Follow Labor Laws. (News)

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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A new initiative to help employers better understand and meet their responsibilities to protect workers under the nation's labor laws and regulations has been announced. The new policy will provide small businesses with better knowledge and tools to help them achieve compliance with hundreds of thousands of pages of federal regulations and laws.

"We are going to help make sense of the regulatory jungle that small business owners have to comply with, because that is the best way to make worker protections work," said Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao. "There is a new culture of responsibility being built at the Department of Labor, a responsibility for us to help business owners understand our exhaustive list of regulations."

As part of the plan, Chao announced a new, permanent position at the Department of Labor who will ensure that all of the Department's agencies are doing all they can to help employers comply with regulations.

Chao also announced that OSHA is creating an office dedicated to small businesses and that the Wage and Hour division will make its Field Operations handbook, the guide that tells inspectors what to look for in businesses, publicly available. …