Today marks the 100 year anniversary of the creation of the United States Department of Labor (USDOL).
Founded on this day in 1913 after decades of struggles to secure basic rights and protections for working people, USDOL began with a strong commitment to an extraordinary and complex mission that continues today.
Their list of accomplishments over the years is impressive. Many work-place protections and policies we take for granted today came as a result of their hard work. Things like Workers Comp, the standard 5 day/40 hour workweek, the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Unemployment Insurance, work search and job training programs, lay-off protection, all the job market information you could ever want, and more.
Without USDOL, the public workforce system as we know it today would not exist. And there’s no denying the benefit both have brought to many employers, workers, and job seekers over the years. Here’s looking forward to another 100.