In a News Release dated 11/30/09, the U.S. Department of Labor (the “DOL”) announced the availability of an updated version of its popular Employment Law Guide, an online publication which describes the major employment laws administered by the DOL. According to the News Release, the Guide helps the public — workers and employers — understand many of the laws affecting the workplace.
Following a topical format and written in plain language, the Employment Law Guide is especially helpful for employers without a dedicated legal or human resources staff. The updated version addresses recent and important changes in employment laws, including the increase in the federal minimum wage and an expansion of the Family and Medical Leave Act that grants qualified relatives of veterans leave to care for ill or injured uniformed service members or to fulfill obligations that arise when a relative is called to active duty in the military.
The Employment Law Guide is a companion to the DOL’s FirstStep overview advisor, an online system that allows employers to quickly and easily determine which federal employment laws apply to them by answering a few simple questions about relevant variables. Each chapter in the Employment Law Guide corresponds to the laws addressed in the FirstStep advisor, outlining coverage under the law, its basic requirements, employee rights, recordkeeping, reporting, notice and poster requirements, penalties and sanctions for non-compliance, the relation to state, local and other federal laws, and contact information for further assistance.