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Outreach and Education

DOL's goal is to ensure that workers understand their rights and that employers understand their responsibilities. What barriers do workers face in accessing DOL? How can DOL reach workers from historically underserved communities and their employers? What channels and/or intermediaries should DOL use to share information about workplace rights?

Number of Ideas: 17
Enforcement

DOL administers and enforces more than 180 federal laws addressing pay and benefits, workplace safety and health, youth employment, veterans' employment, federal contractor affirmative action and nondiscrimination requirements, and more. How can DOL ensure its enforcement activities protect the rights of workers from historically underserved communities?

Number of Ideas: 18
Federal Contracting (Procurement)

DOL is committed to increasing racial and social equity in procurement opportunities. What are the best ways to reach businesses owned by underrepresented individuals, and what information and/or resources can DOL provide to support underserved communities? How could existing contracting assistance programs support equity?

Number of Ideas: 5
Unemployment Insurance Program

The unemployment insurance (UI) program provides temporary, partial wage replacement to individuals who are unemployed through no fault of their own. During economic downturns, such as during the COVID-19 pandemic, UI helps ensure workers', including those from historically underserved community, basic needs are met. How would you recommend changing the p...

Number of Ideas: 16
Equitable Federal Contractor Workplaces

DOL is committed to ensuring that federal contractors and subcontractors do not discriminate in employment because of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran. What strategies can DOL use to ensure employees from underserved communities can have equal opportunity to jobs...

Number of Ideas: 11

Advancing Equity for All Underserved Communities

White House Executive Order (EO) 13985, issued on January 20, 2021, mandates the Federal Government pursue a comprehensive approach to advancing equity for all Americans, including Black, Latino, and Indigenous and Native American persons, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and other persons of color; members of religious minorities; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) persons; persons with disabilities; persons who live in rural areas; and persons otherwise adversely affected by persistent poverty or inequality. The EO directs agencies to examine and redress inequities in their policies and programs. These actions ensure the Department's resources and benefits are provided equitably to all.

Through this national online dialogue, DOL is seeking recommendations to help ensure that:

  • Everyone has equal access to unemployment insurance (UI)
  • Federal contractors and subcontractors doing business with the federal government do not discriminate against protected workers
  • DOL's Wage and Hour Division enforcement sufficiently captures wage-related issues for underrepresented groups
  • DOL's outreach is reaching workers from underrepresented groups

Information gleaned from participants' submissions in this national online dialogue will enable DOL to better understand current and historical barriers faced by workers in underserved communities and help inform potential policies and programs to advance worker equity, including women, people of color, LGBTQ+ people, people with disabilities and other underrepresented communities.

Thank you for participating in this important discussion.