Department of Labor Elysa Renae Meadows

The headquarters of the U.S. Department of Labor (The Frances Perkins Building) was named after Frances Perkins, who was first female cabinet secretary in U.S. histroy. She served from 1933 to 1945.

Founded March 4, 1913


Current Head

Tom Perez is the current United States Secretary of Labor

The Department of Labor was created with the interests of the worker in mind. They help job seekers, wage earners, and retirees. It began as a Bureau of Labor Statistics in 1884 and was under the Department of the Interior. Then, on the last day of his presidency, President William Howard Taft signed the March 4, 1913 bill, making the Department of Labor a Cabinet-level Department. Over the years, the DOL has worked to improve the lives of laborers throughout the country. This included promoting racial diversity in Labor Unions during the Civil Rights Movement, establishing the Office of Workers' Compensation Programs, and Philip Arnow Award which recognizes outstanding career employees. Currently they focus on wage and hour standards, occupational safety, reemployment services, unemployment insurance benefits and more.


The original flag of the U.S. DOL. Used from 1914 up until 1960.
The currentĀ flag of the U.S. DOL. In use sinceĀ 1960.
A campaign educates employers on the importance of creating a retirement plan. They have several different publications.
The Women's Bureau is an agency inside of the DOL. They were created to create parity for female laborers. It was formed in 1920, and has its headquarters in Washington, D.C.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration was established with the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970. It assures safe and healthy working conditions for laborers.
The Mine Safety and Health Administration was etablished by the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977. Created to protect the minors of America.
The Office of Disability Employment Policy was authorzed in 2001 by Congress. It helps ensure that people with disabilities can still work.

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