New Government Website Addresses Federal Employment Laws

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Self-storage owners and managers interested in learning more about their rights and responsibilities under numerous federal employment laws can now consult several interactive, online advisors developed by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL).

The elaws (Employment Laws Assistance for Workers and Small Businesses) Advisors address some of the nation’s most widely applicable federal employment laws, including pay and overtime, health benefits, disability discrimination, workplace safety, union elections, re-employment rights for uniformed service members, youth employment, federal contractor requirements and more.

Each elaws Advisor mimics the interaction someone might have with an employment-law expert by asking specific questions and providing tailored information based on individual situations and circumstances. Depending on the topic, questions might pertain to industry, staff size and how long an employee has worked for his employer. All questions offer pre-set answers in which to choose, and no information provided is recorded or stored in any system.

Workers are not asked to provide the name of their employer; however, information about filing complaints with the DOL or other relevant agency is provided, if appropriate.

The elaws Advisors, found at www.dol.gov/elaws, are one of a number of tools developed to further DOL's dedication to provide clear, accurate and accessible information and protect the wages, health benefits, retirement security, safety and health of America's workforce.

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