Department of Labor Offers New Online Source

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The U.S. Department of Labor has launched an online offering that helps small businesses determine which of the department's recordkeeping, reporting and notice requirements apply to them.

The new FirstStep Employment Law Overview Advisor is a free, Web-based tool designed to help employers and workers understand the department's major employment laws.

By asking questions such as size of business, location and type of industry through multiple-choice or "yes" and "no" questions, e-Advisor determines which federal employment laws apply to each user. The program then provides information from the Labor Department's Employment Law Guide on the basic provisions of these laws.

The e-Advisor summarizes the paperwork requirements for each law, can be used to download and print off Labor Department posters for free, and includes information on where the posters must be displayed in the workplace, and what size and language requirements apply to each.

"These Internet tools will make it easier for small business employers to learn about and comply with the federal laws that apply to them," said Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao.

Visit www.dol.gov/elaws/firststep for more information.