- Bureau of Labor Statistics – The Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor is the principal Federal agency responsible for measuring labor market activity, working conditions, and price changes in the economy. BLS provides a multitude of scheduled economic data on major economic Indicators such as: Consumer Price Index, Employment Cost Index, Employment & Unemployment, Job Openings and Labor Turnover, Mass Layoffs, Pay and Benefits, Productivity, etc. BLS publishes the Monthly Labor Review, which provides a wealth of research in a wide variety of fields—the labor force, the economy, employment, inflation, productivity, occupational injuries and illnesses, wages, prices, and many more.
- Department of Labor – The Department of Labor (DOL) administers and enforces more than 180 federal laws covering the workplace. The DOL website has useful information organized by topic, location, organization, etc. It includes statutes, regulations, guidance, factsheets, etc. Access to e-mail updates and the new DOL Blog is available.
- Equal Employment Opportunity Commission – The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is responsible for enforcing federal laws that make it illegal to discriminate against a job applicant or an employee because of the person’s race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age, disability or genetic information. The EEOC website has information including EEO laws, regulations and policy guidance. The EEOC provides statistics on enforcement of charges and on litigation filed in federal courts. Also, through its online Newsroom, the EEOC does a good job of keeping the public informed of its actions.
- National Labor Relations Board – The National Labor Relations Board is an independent federal agency vested with the power to safeguard employees’ rights to organize and to determine whether to have unions as their bargaining representative. The agency also acts to prevent and remedy unfair labor practices committed by private sector employers and unions. The NLRB provides access to decisions, rules, case handling manuals, weekly case summaries, GC memoranda, etc.
- Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) – OSHA, part of the U.S. Department of Labor, is the federal agency created to assure safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education and assistance. OSHA provides statistics on worker Injuries, illnesses and fatalities. OSHA’s twice monthly e-Newsletter on workplace safety and health is available.
- U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) – USCIS is the federal agency that oversees lawful immigration to the United States. This agency is a component of the Department of Homeland Security. Among its many responsibilities USCIS manages the process that allows individuals from other countries to work in the United States as well as the system (E-Verify) that allows participating employers to electronically verify the employment eligibility of their newly hired employees. The site has access to all relevant statutes, regulations, guidance and forms. All USCIS public information releases (press releases, fact sheets, etc.) are sorted by the topic.
U. S. Congress:
- House of Representatives Education & the Workforce Committee – U. S. House Committee considers and recommends legislation on issues affecting labor and employment. The Committees also has oversight responsibilities to monitor agencies, programs, and activities within its jurisdiction.
- Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions – U.S. Senate Committee considers legislation and matters relating to health, education, and workplace issues. Workplace issues include: the minimum wage, working conditions and compensation, welfare and labor laws and changes to the health care system.
- American Arbitration Association (AAA) – The American Arbitration Association (AAA) is a not-for-profit organization whose role in the dispute resolution process is to administer cases, from filing to closing. As the leader in Labor, Employment and Elections sectors, the AAA provides rules and procedures to handle cases in an efficient, flexible manner. Dedicated case managers work with highly qualified neutrals to provide labor and employment alternative dispute resolution services. The AAA’s National Roster of Arbitrators and Mediators consists of accomplished and respected experts from the legal and business communities.
- American Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Section – The Section of Labor and Employment Law’s more than 25,000 members represents all perspectives of labor and employment law: management, union, plaintiff, neutral and public. The group is committed to a balanced discussion of employment issues throughout the world. A quarterly newsletter is published containing information on current Section projects, recent development and decisions, upcoming educational opportunities, new books, and other news relating to labor and employment. The website also links to latest legal news on
labor and employment law issues.
- HR Policy Association – The HR Policy Association is a public policy organization of chief human resource officers from large employers. The Association brings together HR professionals at the highest level of corporations to discuss changes in public policy, and to lay out a vision and advocate for competitive workplace initiatives that promote job growth and employment security. Key practice areas include: talent and workforce development, healthcare, executive compensation, labor law and labor relations, wage and hour issues, employment discrimination, immigration, mandated leave and retirement security. This site is a good source for current news affecting workplace issues.
- AFL-CIO – Umbrella federation for U.S. unions, with 57 unions representing more than 12 million workers.
- Unions of the AFL-CIO (AFL-CIO affiliated unions)