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Office of the Assistant Secretary for Policy (OASP)

Chief Evaluation Office

Evaluation Studies By Topic

Child Labor

  • DOL programs designed to protect the educational opportunities of youth and prohibit their employment in jobs that are detrimental to their health and safety, based on the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Health Insurance and Benefits

  • Programs to protect the participants and beneficiaries of employee benefit plans.

International Labor Practices

  • Efforts to ensure that the U.S. Government recognizes and promotes international standards of excellence, and that bilateral, multilateral, and international trade agreements assure that core labor standards are observed throughout the world.

Labor Right Enforcement Strategies

  • DOL employs multiple strategies to enforce and maintain compliance with various worker protection and labor laws that protect America’s workforce.

Mine Safety

  • DOL inspects all mines each year to ensure safe and healthy work environments for miners.

Occupational Safety

  • Efforts to ensure safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education and assistance


  • Employer programs for deferred compensation to employees during retirement or in other cases such as death.

Employment Services and Training

  • A multitude of DOL programs focus on worker training, whether for displaced workers, to increase workplace safety, or to prepare workers for the labor market.


  • Unions are legally recognized as representatives of workers in many industries. Union activity often focuses on collective bargaining over wages, benefits, and working conditions for their membership and on representing their members if management attempts to violate contract provisions.

Unemployment Insurance

  • Unemployment Insurance provides unemployment benefits to eligible workers who become unemployed through no fault of their own, and meet certain other eligibility requirements.

Voice in the Workplace

  • DOL supports workers’ ability to access information on their rights in the workplace, their understanding of those rights, and their ability to exercise those rights without fear of discrimination or retaliation.
  • Voice in the Workplace

Wage and Overtime

  • Federal minimum wage and overtime provisions are contained in the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Workers' Compensation

  • DOL's Office of Workers' Compensation Programs administers four major disability compensation programs which provide wage replacement benefits, medical treatment, vocational rehabilitation, and other benefits to federal workers, or their dependents, that are injured at work or acquire an occupational disease.