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The Department of Labor (DOL) will be eliminating the Employment Standards Administration (ESA), effective November 8, 2009, a spokesperson at the DOL has confirmed to CCH. The reorganization will abolish the ESA umbrella organization and name, but will maintain the four component programs --the Wage and Hour Division (WHD), the Office of Labor Management Standards (OLMS), the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) and the Office of Workers' Compensation Programs (OWCP).
Under the current organizational structure, the Assistant Secretary for the ESA, not the heads of the four sub-agencies, has the authority to report directly to the Secretary of Labor. Following the reorganization, these four sub-agencies will be reporting directly to the Secretary of Labor as stand-alone agencies. The titles of the heads of each of the sub-agencies have not yet been announced.
According to the DOL spokesperson, the reorganization is intended to streamline the organizational structure of the department in order to significantly improve policy decision-making with respect to the four individual programs, as well as enhance the department's responsiveness in enforcing key worker protection laws.
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