The Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS) conducts both civil and criminal investigations of alleged violations of the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act (LMRDA) and related laws. These investigations by OLMS District Offices involve issues such as embezzlements of union funds, union officer elections, the filing of required reports by unions and others with OLMS, and the imposition of trusteeships over subordinate unions by a parent body. These investigations may result in legal enforcement actions.
Criminal Enforcement Actions
Civil Enforcement Actions
Voluntary Compliance Agreements
When an OLMS investigation determines that a violation occurred that may have affected the outcome of a union election, OLMS seeks to enter into an agreement with the union for corrective action. If this voluntary agreement is not reached, the Secretary may file suit in federal district court to have the challenged election overturned and have a new election held under OLMS supervision.
Enforcement Coordination - As part of its enforcement program under the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act (LMRDA), the Department of Labor (DOL) has a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Department of Justice (DOJ) with respect to enforcement responsibilities under the LMRDA.
Last Updated: 3-21-19