On Aug. 28, U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta announced the Department of Labor’s new Office of Compliance Initiatives, which aims to promote greater understanding of federal laws and regulations and provide innovative approaches to compliance assistance and enforcement.      

According to a DOL news release, the OCI will provide leadership and support to DOL agencies in the following ways:

• Facilitating and encouraging a culture that promotes compliance assistance within the DOL
• Providing employers and workers with access to high-quality, up-to-date information about their obligations and rights under federal labor laws and regulations
• Assisting enforcement agencies in developing new strategies to use data for more impactful compliance and enforcement strategies
• Enhancing outreach to stakeholders for the department's enforcement agencies

Additionally, the DOL announced the rollout two new of websites along with OCI—worker.gov, a centralized base of information focused on federal worker protections, and employer.gov, which provides job creators with easy-to-understand information about their responsibilities under federal laws and regulations.