DOL Regulations

Retrospective Analysis of Existing Rules

Executive Order 13563 "Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review" (76 FR 3821) was issued on January 18, 2011. The Executive Order required agencies to develop and submit a preliminary plan explaining how each agency planned to review existing significant regulations to identify whether any regulations may be made more effective or less burdensome. On March 21, 2011 the Department issued a request for information (RFI) seeking public comment on how it could improve any of its significant regulations by modifying, streamlining, expanding or repealing them. The public was invited to comment using the Ideascale public comment tool.

DOL Plan for Retrospective Analysis of Existing Rules

Public input was used to inform development of the Department's final Plan for Retrospective Analysis of existing rules. In accordance with Executive Order 13563, the Department updates its plan regularly and issues progress reports on the status of our plan:

Reducing Reporting and Paperwork Burdens

The Department of Labor is taking meaningful steps to reduce regulatory, paperwork and reporting burdens on the American people, including small businesses.

Regulatory Agenda

On December 14, 2017, the entirety of the Department's Fall 2017 regulatory plan statement and agenda was made available at The regulatory agenda is a listing of all the regulations the Department of Labor expects to have under active consideration for promulgation, proposal, or review during the coming 6-to 12-month period.

Other Regulations Currently Open for Comment

The following regulations are currently open for comment at