U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez released the president's fiscal year 2016 budget for the Department of Labor (DOL), which provides $13.2 billion in discretionary funding for the department.
The budget makes investments to bolster the enforcement of critical wage and hour, whistleblower, retirement security and worker safety laws. The budget also makes improvements in DOL's programs and infrastructure to ensure they are positioned to meet the needs of the modern workforce and economy.
"In his State of the Union address, President Obama said his budget would work to restore the link between hard work and growing opportunity for every American,” said Perez. “This department's budget expands our investments on behalf of working families; it reinforces our commitment to job training and apprenticeship, fair and equal pay, paid leave, safe workplaces and secure retirements.”
The budget includes nearly $1.9 billion for the department's worker protection agencies, which address the health, safety, wages, working conditions, and retirement security of American workers. The budget includes:
- $207 million for the Employee Benefits Security Administration to provide benefit security to the public and increase their confidence that their retirement, health, and other benefits will be available when needed. The budget includes proposals that would make saving easier for millions of Americans currently without employer-based retirement plans
- $114 million for the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs to enforce equal employment opportunity with federal contractors
- $277 million for the Wage and Hour Division to ensure workers receive appropriate wages and overtime pay, as well as the right to take job-protected leave for family and medical leave purposes
- $592 million for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to foster employer compliance with safety and health regulations and inspect hazardous workplaces, and strengthen its protection of whistleblowers against retaliation for reporting unsafe and unscrupulous practices
- $395 million for the Mine Safety and Health Administration to help protect workers in one of our nation's most dangerous industries
View the entire 2016 budget for the Department of Labor here.