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Secretary of Labor - U.S. Government Series

This page tells all about the duties, roles, and requirements of the Secretary of Labor and the Department of Labor. It is part of our United States Government series.
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The Secretary of Labor is the top official of the U.S. Department of Labor. Major responsibilities include ensuring occupational safety, unemployment statistics and benefits, and for establishing wage and hourly pay standards. Units under the Department of Labor include the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Employment and Training Administration (ETA), and the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA). The Department of Labor is responsible for numerous acts in the last 75 years designed to promote job training and labor standards.

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