The Department of Labor has been working very hard in making sure that each and every American gets the job that he or she deserves and that they are protected from abuse and harassment. Through the years, the Labor Department has been able to address issues of both unemployed and employed Americans. The agency has been able to provide sources of livelihood to those people that don’t have a job. On the other hand, the agency protects the rights of those employed by properly implementing various employment laws of the country.
To be able to do just that, the agency need to have the manpower and the resources to mobilize its various efforts and programs. It needs funding to be able to come up and finance programs that will take care of the welfare of every American employee. And so, Acting Labor Secretary Seth Harris has already released the agency’s budget for fiscal year 2014. Secretary Harris has also submitted the Labor Department’s budget proposal to the office of President Barack Obama for review and revision as deemed fit by the president and the US Congress.
For this fiscal year, the Labor Department has been coming up with additional allocation for its various enforcement programs like the Mine Safety and Health Administration and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. A part of the project would be used to better implement the various employment laws especially the Fair Labor Standards Act as well the Family and Medical Leave Act. There would also be allocations for various programs like State Paid Leave fund. Moreover, a huge portion of this budget will be used to implement various employment laws that prevents discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, and more.
Now that the budget proposal has already been submitted to the proper authorities, the ball is now in the hands of the President and the Congress to have this approved and funds allocated to the Labor Department. The approval of this budget proposal will enable the agency to fulfill its duties as the constitution has. However, more than the allocation that it will receive from the federal government, the agency also needs the help of the citizens to help ensure that the rights of working Americans are upheld and that unemployed Americans are given jobs or livelihood programs to help them survive.