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Trends and Challenges for Work in the 21st Century

futurework: Chapter 5 - Box 5.1

To help the employers and workers of America maintain healthy, safe, and fair workplaces, the Department of Labor has developed an innovative Internet-based tool called elaws.

Short for Employment Laws Assistance for Workers and Small Businesses, elaws allows people to access and under-stand the rules and regulations that DOL enforces.

For small companies and individual employees, up-to-date regulatory information is often hard to obtain and, more frequently, complex and confusing. An elaws "advisor" explains a law or regulation, providing information tailored to an employee, employer, or enforcement perspective. Each "advisor" is a computer program capable of imitating the interaction a human expert might have with an individual by giving appropriate information based on the individual’s response to questions.

Users can find elaws on the Web at

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