Under the Recovery Act, SOL will provide the legal advice necessary to assist DOL agencies in implementing all aspects of the Recovery Act, including enforcement of worker protections, oversight and coordination related to the infrastructure and unemployment insurance investments in the Act. Specifically, SOL will use the Recovery Act funding to provide legal advice related to the grants awarded, 13(c) worker protective arrangements certified, administrative procedures and regulatory changes necessitated by the Act, and all worker protection aspects of the Act. SOL will also assist DOL agencies in preparing enforcement cases for litigation based on investigations conducted using resources provided under the Act and in litigating any such enforcement cases that are referred while funding is still available, as well as in assisting the Department of Justice in defending any litigation initiated against DOL based on activities funded by the Recovery Act.
Enforcement-Related Legal Advise and Support - The Recovery Act’s mandate for “enforcement of worker protection laws and regulations,” requires vigorous enforcement of existing worker protection laws, as well as additional worker protections provided in the Recovery Act to ensure that, while economic stimulation efforts are underway, the economic downturns and stimulus activities do not result in diminished worker health and safety, wage protections, equal employment opportunity rights, pension security, and other worker protections. SOL will increase enforcement-related legal advice, and other related “pre-referral” legal services, such as training for agency staff, as soon as practicable after engaging additional employees authorized via the Recovery Act.
Legal Services Related to Oversight Activities - In the area of oversight activities related to the Recovery Act legislation and programs, SOL will provide legal services to all affected agencies of the Department, including ETA and the Office of Job Corps with regard to contract procurement and grants. Such legal services will principally consist of legal advice, and regulatory development.
Legal Services Related to Coordination Activities - A portion of the funding will enable SOL to provide legal services to DOL regarding Recovery Act coordination activities related to the infrastructure and unemployment insurance investments in the Recovery Act. Such legal services will principally consist of legal advice, and regulatory development.