Washington, D.C. -- Deputy Secretary of Labor Steven J. Law signed a Compliance Assistance partnership agreement with the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) to promote greater awareness of, and compliance with, the Department's laws and regulations among AGC members. This is the second such agreement under the new Partnerships for Compliance Assistance Program.
As partners, AGC and DOL will work together to educate members of the construction industry about compliance assistance tools and other resources that help employers meet the requirements of federal employment laws. The partnership program is another step in the Compliance Assistance Initiative announced by Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao in June 2002.
"Today's agreement reflects Secretary Chao's vision of compliance assistance for the Department of Labor, where we match targeted enforcement with meaningful outreach to employers and workers," says Deputy Secretary Law. "Most employers want to do the right thing when it comes to protecting workers -- we need to do our part as well. And far-sighted associations like AGC understand that compliance assistance partnerships enable them to provide an important value-added service to their members."
Through the partnership, AGC will help foster compliance with DOL's laws and regulations through a variety of member outreach activities. Specific cross-promotional tactics include: distributing DOL educational materials to AGC members; planning articles for AGC's member publications; and having DOL participate in AGC conferences, workshops and other training opportunities.
"AGC has had a strong relationship and good communication with DOL for many years, and we welcome the opportunity to formalize that relationship," says Stephen E. Sandherr, AGC's Chief Executive Officer. "When the department issued its call for partners, we quickly agreed to join PCAP in a positive effort to increase our members' knowledge and understanding of federal employment laws and regulations," said Sandherr.
Last month, DOL signed an agreement with the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) under the new partnership program.