Department of Labor

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) seeks to foster, promote, and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers, and retirees of the United States; improve working conditions; advance opportunities for profitable employment; and assure work-related benefits and rights.

The Employment and Training Administration particularly helps strengthen families and fatherhood by supporting organizations across the country that provide employment, training, and supportive services to low-income men, including non-custodial fathers and ex-offenders. One notable initiative is the Enhanced Transitional Jobs Demonstration, which is testing the subsidized employment model for connecting non-custodial fathers into the formal economy to improve their economic standing and ability to support their children. 

DOL also works to provide workplace flexibility for family and personal care-giving, which includes supports for working fathers seeking to spend time at home with their children and enforcing the Family and Medical Leave Act. Lastly, many ex-offenders are also parents and fathers. DOL has a program called Reintegration of Ex-Offenders Program which is designed to strengthen urban communities through an employment-centered program that incorporates mentoring, job training, and other comprehensive transitional services.

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) was signed into law on July 22, 2014. WIOA is designed to help job seekers access employment, education, training, and support services to succeed in the labor market and to match employers with the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy. Congress passed the Act by a wide bipartisan majority; it is the first legislative reform in 15 years of the public workforce system.

Every year the key programs that form the pillars of WIOA help tens of millions of job seekers and workers to connect to good jobs and acquire the skills and credentials needed to obtain them. The enactment of WIOA provides opportunity for reforms to ensure the American Job Center system is job-driven—responding to the needs of employers and preparing workers for jobs that are available now and in the future.

WIOA supersedes the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 and amends the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act, the Wagner-Peyser Act, and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. In general, the Act takes effect on July 1, 2015, the first full program year after enactment, unless otherwise noted. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) will issue further guidance on the timeframes for implementation of these changes and proposed regulations reflecting the changes in WIOA soon after enactment.

The WIOA Resource Page

DOL, in coordination with the U.S. Departments of Education (ED) and Human Services (HHS), is working diligently to ensure that states, local areas, other grantees, and stakeholders are prepared for implementation of WIOA. The WIOA Resource Page will provide information and resources for States, local areas, non-profits and other grantees, and other stakeholders to assist with implementation of the Act. This page will be updated to reflect newly developed materials, including responses to frequently asked questions.

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