Academic journal article Journal of Accountancy

Labor Department Web Page Is a Big "Hit."

Academic journal article Journal of Accountancy

Labor Department Web Page Is a Big "Hit."

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In September 1995, the Department of Labor went online with its own home page: http://www.dol.gov. With many easy connections and a minimum of graphics, it logs over 7 million visits, or "hits" every month.

The paths that lead from the home page offer so many choices it would take a dedicated user weeks to trace all of them, CPAs probably will find the most useful button "Statutory and Regulatory Information." Users click on it and find themselves with more choices: a summary of laws and regulations, statutes, the unified agenda of federal regulations, appropriate titles in the code of federal regulations, proposed regulations and compliance information.

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The compliance information button, for example, links the user to easy-to-understand explanations about employer requirements. The summary button provides links to explanations about the DOL regulations that apply to specific businesses--it's even possible to download material designed especially for small businesses, including information on pensions and benefits regulations.

What ira user doesn't know exactly what he or she is looking for? Like many DOL pages, the statutory and regulatory information page has a search button at the top. A user can click on it and enter a word or phrase. "Accountant," for example, will give a user over 20 items, such as "limitation on scope of accountant's examination" and "waiver of examination and report of an independent qualified public accountant for employers." A click on any one leads directly to that document. Items can be read online, printed or stored on a hard disk. …

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