Federal Statutes, Regulations and Guidance

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HR professionals assist their organizations by ensuring compliance with a wide range of federal statutes and implementing regulations. The following federal law digest brings together the fundamentals of federal employment laws that HR professionals working in the public or private sector need to be familiar with.

Federal Agency Guidance

Department of Labor Ruling, Interpretation and Opinion Letters
Please consult with an attorney before you rely on any DOL Opinion Letter, ruling, or interpretation as the DOL issues new regulations and guidance from time to time. 

DOL rulings and interpretations cover the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA), as well as various other labor and wage and hour related matters.

You can access them at http://www.dol.gov/whd/opinion/opinion.htm

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Informal Discussion Letters

These letters are answers to companies that have posed specific questions to the EEOC, and they are intended to answer only that question for that company. The opinions expressed by the EEOC in these letters are not meant to provide legal opinions for the general public. 

The letters cover Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII), as well as various other 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 (40 or older), disability or genetic information.

You can access them at http://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/foia/letters/index.cfm.

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