Are you aware of the United States Department of Labor?
This question may not win you friends at a cocktail party, but like any federal government organization it demands examination, especially if you want to learn more about labor and employment law.
The DOL's mission is 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.
Hilda Solis is the current Secretary of Labor, who presided over the 2009 Obama stimulus package that extended unemployment benefits. She also spoke out against the Wisconsin governor during the 2011 union fight:
"The governors in Wisconsin and Ohio aren't just asking workers to tighten their belts, they're demanding they give up their uniquely American rights as workers."
The Department of Labor website provides helping job-seeking information, statistics, employment-related news. For lawyers, the DOL posts helpful briefs under the appeals page.
Describing the DOL is like taking a drink from a fire hose . . . it is overwhelming! Tune in for future installments.