Labor & Employment Resources
The United States Department of Labor fosters and promotes the welfare of the job seekers, wage earners, and retirees of the United States by improving their working conditions, advancing their opportunities for profitable employment, protecting their retirement and health care benefits, helping employers find workers, strengthening free collective bargaining, and tracking changes in employment, prices, and other national economic measurements. In carrying out this mission, the Department administers a variety of Federal labor laws including those that guarantee workers' rights to safe and healthful working conditions; a minimum hourly wage and overtime pay; freedom from employment discrimination; unemployment insurance; and other income support.
Washington State Department of Labor and Industries is dedicated to the safety, health and security of Washington's workers. L&I's Division of Occupational Safety and Health administers the Washington Industrial Safety and Health Act law by developing and enforcing rules that protect workers from hazardous job conditions. L&I also conducts research into workplace health and safety. L&I also administers the state workers compensation system providing benefits to workers who are injured or become ill on the job. L&I enforces state laws protecting workers' wages, hours, breaks, and the state's child labor laws, as well as laws that protect workers' wages and working conditions. L&I oversees apprenticeship programs and administers rules covering prevailing wage on public-works construction projects. L&I licenses electricians, certifies plumbers, and registers construction contractors, requiring them to be insured and bonded.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is responsible for enforcing 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.
The Washington State Human Rights Commission enforces the Law Against Discrimination (RCW 49.60). The Commission works to prevent and eliminate discrimination by investigating civil rights complaints and providing education and training opportunities throughout the state.
The Washington Employment Lawyers Association's mission is to enforce and advance employee rights, in recognition that employment with dignity and fairness is fundamental to the quality of life. WELA does this by promoting and increasing public awareness of the rights of individual employees; enhancing the quality of legal representation of employees; advocating for employee rights before courts and legislative bodies; and assisting and supporting members in their practice of plaintiffs' employment law. WELA is comprises attorneys, law professors, paralegals and law students devoted to the promotion of employee rights.