Do you already know which of the posters/federal laws administered by the Department of Labor (DOL) apply to your electrical contracting firm? If so, great. If not, you're not alone. Luckily, help is on the way for employers in all industries — in the form of a new online program from the DOL that helps them determine which federal employment laws apply to their particular business.

To help employers determine compliance status, the First-Step Employment Law Advisor walks users through a series of questions in the following three areas, depending on their interests and needs:

  • Employment Law Overview Advisor — provides a short primer on each law's basic provisions as well as any related recordkeeping, reporting, and notice requirements.

  • Recordkeeping, Reporting, and Notices Advisor — provides detailed explanations of each law's recordkeeping, reporting, and notice requirements.

  • Poster Advisor — provides access to short descriptions of DOL poster requirements and links to printable posters.

Although the new e-tool is a great resource, it is intended as a guide on major DOL laws — it does not cover all laws administered by DOL. Nor does it identify laws administered by other federal agencies that might be applicable to your business or organization. Therefore, it's recommended that all employers contact their State Labor Office to obtain information about individual state requirements or other federal agencies that enforce employment laws, such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), and the National Mediation Board (NMB). For more information, visit www.dol.gov/elaws/firststep/.