Guidance Search

The Department of Labor provides this guidance search tool as a single, searchable location where users may search for guidance issued by any of the Department’s agencies, including significant guidance documents under Executive Order 12866. Individual guidance documents are maintained on the various agency websites, and if you know what agency you are looking for, you may also find guidance by navigating directly to that agency’s website.   

The Code of Federal Regulations and the Federal Register, which are not maintained by the Department, also include some of the Department’s interpretations of law and similar material.  

 The Department and its agencies issue guidance to provide clarifying information and technical assistance to the public on existing statutory and regulatory rights and obligations, inform the regulated community about best practices, and provide other useful information. The contents of these documents do not have the force and effect of law and are not meant to bind the public in any way, except as authorized by law or incorporated into a contract, cooperative agreement, or grant. DOL may not cite, use, or rely on any guidance that is not posted on this site, except to establish historical facts. 

 Members of the public may petition the Department to modify or withdraw specific guidance documents. To petition for withdrawal or modification of a particular guidance document, email the Department of Labor

Petitions to Modify or Withdraw a DOL regulation may also be submitted by mail at the address below. Petitions should identify the specific guidance document by name and include your reason(s) for requesting withdrawal or modification. 

U.S. Department of Labor 
Office of the Executive Secretariat 
200 Constitution Ave NW 
Washington, DC 20210 

 On August 28, 2020, the Department published its Promoting Regulatory Openness through Good Guidance (PRO Good Guidance) Final Rule.  Under the Department’s new Rule on Guidance, the Department will publish a quarterly list of guidance issued, modified, or withdrawn. View the list of guidance documents issued or modified in the 4th quarter of fiscal year 2020

Search Tips

  • If you are searching using an acronym, try a second search with the acronym spelled out. For example, if you are searching for guidance related to the Davis-Bacon Act, try searching "Davis-Bacon Act" as well as "DBA".
  • For more specific results, use quotation marks around phrases.
  • For more general results, remove quotation marks to search for each word individually. For example, minimum wage will return all documents that have either the word minimum or the word wage in the description, while “minimum wage” will limit results to those containing that phrase.

Download all EO Guidances