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New DOL Compliance Tools

Published by on May 17, 2010

The Department of Labor has been implementing new compliance tools over the past several weeks.  The latest relate to helping employers understand disability laws and H1B visa compliance.  The DOL is also holding a stakeholder forum on May 21.  More after the break. The DOL’s disability law compliance tool announcement was as follows: The U.S. […]

The Department of Labor has been implementing new compliance tools over the past several weeks.  The latest relate to helping employers understand disability laws and H1B visa compliance.  The DOL is also holding a stakeholder forum on May 21.  More after the break.

The DOL’s disability law compliance tool announcement was as follows:

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) today announced the availability of a new tool to help America’s employers ensure their employment policies and practices do not discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities. 

The interactive, online Disability Nondiscrimination Law Advisor  helps employers quickly determine which federal disability nondiscrimination laws apply to their business or organization and their responsibilities under them.  To do this, it asks users to answer a few relevant questions and then generates a customized list of federal disability nondiscrimination laws that likely apply, along with easy-to-understand information about employers’ responsibilities under each of them. 

The Disability Nondiscrimination Advisor is one of a series of elaws (Employment Laws Assistance for Workers and Small Businesses) Advisors developed by DOL to help employers and employees understand federal employment laws.  To access it, visit the elaws Web site.  To learn more about DOL’s efforts to increase employment opportunities for people with disabilities, visit the Office of Disability Employment Policy Web site.

The DOL’s H1B compliance tool announcement was as follows:

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) today announced the availability of a new tool to help employers and others understand how to comply with requirements under the H-1B visa program, which allows for the temporary employment of foreign workers in the U.S. in certain specialty occupations. 

The interactive, online H-1B Advisor helps users determine if they fulfill the requirements of the visa program by answering questions relevant to specific H-1B classified workers.  It also outlines notification requirements, monetary issues, worksite issues, recordkeeping, and worker protections, as well as additional requirements for employers deemed to be H-1B dependent or willful violators. 

The H-1B Advisor is one of a series of elaws (Employment Laws Assistance for Workers and Small Businesses) Advisors developed by the Department to help employers and employees understand federal employment laws.  To access it, visit the elaws Web site.  To learn more about the Department’s role in administering the INA and H-1B Visa program, visit the Office of Foreign Labor Certification Web site and Wage and Hour Division Web site.

The stakeholder forum announcement is as follows:

Please join the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division for a “Stakeholders Forum” to discuss the Division’s strategic goals and the results the agency seeks to achieve in addressing the needs of the nation’s most vulnerable workers.  The Forum will be held on May 21, 2010, at 10 a.m. beginning in the Department of Labor Auditorium, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. 20210.    This is an opportunity for your organization to participate in an open Question and Answer session with Wage and Hour Division staff as well as provide valuable feedback.  The attached letter and confirmation form will explain the Forum in more detail.  Please note that space is limited.

 The draft agenda for the forum is here.

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