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The US 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.

The Department of Labor oversees many important laws that affect our everyday lives. If you are having a specific problem with the Department of Labor that you cannot resolve and need assistance, please print out my Authorization Form and fax or mail it to my office.

Benefits for Nuclear Weapons Workers

Division of Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program

The mission of the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program is to deliver benefits to eligible employees and former employees of the Department of Energy, its contractors and subcontractors or to certain survivors of such individuals, as provided in the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act. The mission also includes delivering benefits to certain beneficiaries of Section Five of the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act.

The Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program (EEOICP) began on July 31, 2001. The mission of the program is to provide lump-sum compensation and health benefits to eligible Department of Energy nuclear weapons workers (including employees, former employees, contractors and subcontractors) and lump-sum compensation to certain survivors if the worker is deceased.

Toll-Free Help Line

The U.S. Department of Labor established the first Federal Department-wide Toll-Free Help Line. By calling 1-866-4-USA-DOL, America's workers and employers can find answers to questions on a range of employment and regulatory issues. DOL can now assist you in more than 140 languages with questions about job loss, business closures, pay and leave, workplace injuries, safety and health, pension and health benefits, and reemployment rights for National Guard members, veterans and reservists.

DOL Compliance Assistance Web site

By accessing the DOL Compliance Assistance Web site at www.dol.gov/compliance, you can access a wide range of information and resources on DOL's rules and regulations any time, day or night. The site also offers the opportunity to ask questions about employment and regulatory issues via e-mail.

Employment Law Guide

The Employment Law Guide describes DOL's main laws and regulations in plain language for employers needing introductory information to develop wage, benefit, safety and health and nondiscrimination policies for their businesses. It is available in English and Spanish, both in print and online. Employers can obtain a free copy by calling 1-866-4-USA-DOL or by visiting www.dol.gov/asp/programs/guide.htm.

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