Department of Labor

Agency Overview

Through its technical cooperation programming, the Department of Labor's (DOL) Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB) helps to combat the worst forms of child labor, including forced labor and human trafficking, and helps ensure that trade partners fulfill their labor-related trade commitments to level the playing field for U.S. workers so they are not forced to compete with child laborers and other vulnerable workers. It does this by working with governments and key stakeholders to improve institutional and systematic labor law enforcement, prohibit the use of child labor and forced labor, and support improved education and livelihoods for vulnerable populations.

ILAB implements technical cooperation projects under two broad programs.

ILAB’s Child Labor and Forced Labor program supports efforts to combat exploitative child labor and forced labor around the world. Technical cooperation projects range from targeted action programs in specific sectors of work to more comprehensive programs that support national efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labor as defined by International Labour Organization (ILO) Convention 182.

ILAB’s Trade and Labor Affairs programming provides technical assistance that supports identified efforts by trade partner countries to enforce and comply with their labor-related trade commitments. Project goals include adopting or reforming labor laws or standards, improving labor inspectorates' enforcement processes and capacity, supporting U.S. businesses in mitigating labor-related risks in global supply chains, and improving adherence to occupational safety and health standards.

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What does the Department of Labor do?

The Department of Labor (DOL) fosters and promotes the welfare of the job seekers, wage earners, and retirees of the United States by improving their working conditions, advancing their opportunities for profitable employment, protecting their retirement and health care benefits, helping employers find workers, strengthening free collective bargaining, and tracking changes in employment, prices, and other national economic measurements. In carrying out this mission, the Department administers a variety of Federal labor laws including those that guarantee worker rights to safe and healthful working conditions; a minimum hourly wage and overtime pay; freedom from employment discrimination; unemployment insurance; and other income support.

What is ILAB?

The Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB) carries out the international responsibilities of the Department of Labor under the direction of the Deputy Under Secretary for International Labor Affairs. ILAB conducts research on and formulates international economic, trade, immigration, and labor policies in collaboration with other U.S. government agencies and provides international technical assistance in support of U.S. foreign labor policy objectives. ILAB is working together with other U.S. government agencies to create a more stable, secure, and prosperous international economic system in which all workers can achieve greater economic security, share in the benefits of increased international trade, and have safer and healthier workplaces where the basic rights of workers and children are respected and protected.

What types of technical cooperation programming does ILAB provide?

ILAB implements technical cooperation projects under two broad programs.

ILAB’s Child Labor and Forced Labor program supports efforts to combat exploitative child labor and forced labor around the world. Technical cooperation projects range from targeted action programs in specific sectors of work to more comprehensive programs that support national efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labor as defined by International Labour Organization (ILO) Convention 182.

ILAB’s Workers' Rights program provides technical assistance to countries on a variety of worker rights issues. Project goals include adopting or reforming labor laws or standards, improving labor inspectorates' enforcement capacity, increasing awareness of fundamental labor rights, and improving occupational safety and health conditions. ILAB also provides technical advice and other support to labor ministries through workshops and exchange programs.

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