DOL & NLRB Enter Agreement to Strengthen Partnership
Earlier this month, the Department of Labor (DOL) and the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) signed a Memorandum of Understanding outlining procedures to enhance information sharing, enforcement, training, and outreach. The agreement is meant to prevent and address their joint goals of protecting workers who exercise their workplace rights and educating employers about their legal responsibilities under federal laws.
By forming this agreement, the agencies hope to improve the enforcement process of the laws they administer, ensuring the rights and protections of workers and making sure employers pay workers their rightful wages.
In the agreement, DOL and NLRB have established mechanisms to share information and create a process for referral, joint investigation, and cross-training of personnel. The goal is to improve enforcement against the misclassification of workers as independent contractors, unlawful pay practices, and retaliation against workers.
In addition to boosting enforcement, the agencies will use the collaborative agreement to increase the public’s understanding of the laws they enforce through shared compliance materials, increased community outreach, joint presentations, and training events.