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Who are the hosts of this online dialogue?

The U.S. Department of Labor'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.

The Employment and Training Administration at the U.S. Department of Labor contributes to the more efficient functioning of the U.S. labor market by providing high-quality job training, employment, labor market information, and income maintenance services primarily through state and local workforce development systems. The Administration also promotes apprenticeship programs and opportunities. Learn more by visiting its Apprenticeship Page.

The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy's mission is to develop and influence policies and practices that increase the number and quality of employment opportunities for people with disabilities. It is the only non-regulatory federal agency that promotes policies and coordinates with employers and all levels of government to increase workplace success for people with disabilities It works to develop and influence policies and practices that increase the number and quality of employment opportunities for people with disabilities. Its vision is a world in which people with disabilities have unlimited employment opportunities.

The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs mission is to protect America's workers by ensuring nondiscrimination and supporting voluntary compliance by federal contractors and subcontractors, promote diversity through equal employment opportunity, and enforce the law, with a particular emphasis on systemic and high-impact cases. It protects federal contractor employees, promotes diversity, and administers and enforces the following laws: Executive Order 11246, as amended (Executive Order); Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, 29 U.S.C. 793 (Section 503); and the Vietnam Era Veteran's Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974, as amended, 38 U.S.C. 4212 (VEVRAA. Collectively, these laws make it unlawful for contractors and subcontractors doing business with the federal government to discriminate in employment because of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran. Contractors and subcontractors also are prohibited from discriminating against applicants or employees because they inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation, or that of others, subject to certain limitations. Additionally, they may not retaliate against applicants or employees for engaging in protected activities. These laws also require that federal contractors provide equal employment opportunity through affirmative action

The Wage and Hour Division at the U.S. Department of Labor works to promote and achieve compliance with labor standards to protect and enhance the welfare of the nation's workforce.

The Women's Bureau at the U.S. Department of Labor develops policies and standards and conducts inquiries to safeguard the interests of working women; to advocate for their equality and economic security for themselves and their families; and to promote quality work environments.

The Veterans’ Employment and Training Service at the U.S. Department of Labor is focused on enabling all veterans, transitioning service members, and military spouses to reach their full potential in the workplace. The Service prepares America's veterans, transitioning service members, and military spouses for meaningful careers, provide them with employment resources and expertise, protect their employment rights, and promote their employment opportunities.

What are the ePolicyWorks Online Dialogues?

Launched by ODEP, the ePolicyWorks initiative was developed to engage stakeholders, build relationships, and inform the department's policymaking efforts. Brought to you through the use of leading-edge crowdsourcing tools, these online dialogues are interactive platforms of collaboration. They enable ODEP to work with their partners to enlist the public's input on key policy issues. To learn more about past dialogues, visit the ePolicyWorks Online Dialogue Library.

How do I participate in this dialogue?

To participate in the Inclusive Apprenticeship: Diversity, Equity and Accessibility National Online Dialogue, please click Register Now or Log In. If you have any questions or require any technical assistance please contact: ePolicyWorks@dol.gov.