You’ve heard it before: The right person can make a good job out of any job. At the U.S. Department of Labor, our goal is to make a good job out of every job. And make it a safe job. A secure job, too. And, in some cases, a green job. Our goal is Good Jobs for Everyone.
Since 1913, our mission has been to serve and protect American workers, prepare them for new and better jobs, and ensure the safety of America's workplaces. It’s a mission more important today than ever before. That’s why we’re center stage in the drive to maintain America’s leadership in skills and productivity, and transform the greatest workforce on earth to the new paradigms of this 21st century.
We’re all about Good Jobs for Everyone. Safe jobs. Secure jobs. Green jobs. Sound like the job for you? Think about it. Because Opportunities are Open.
The U.S. Department of Labor takes the lead in promoting safe and healthy working conditions with policies and regulations designed to protect America’s workers. Heard of OSHA? That’s us. It’s the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Along with the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), we are dedicated to preventing injuries and eliminating accidents in the workplace, protecting the health of America’s workers, and saving lives. We also enforce whistleblower protections for employees and administer disability compensation programs to federal workers. It’s not a good job if it’s not a safe job.
Retirement is the largest single expense most people will have in their lifetime. Workers rely on pensions, a 401(K) account, retirement savings, and other means to prepare for a secure and happy future. And for most, their employer-provided health care is indispensable. Our Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) is on the job, protecting more than 695,000 private retirement plans, 2.8 million health plans, and similar numbers of other worker benefit programs. The Department also administers COBRA and health care portability programs that help workers maintain their health care plans when jobs are lost. And when workers are laid off from their jobs, we are front and center, overseeing the nation’s unemployment insurance program, ensuring that families can meet basic financial obligations, and providing important resources to obtain new skills and employment.