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Tighter compliance on small firms or more business-friendly DOL?

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It could be some of both. The U.S. Labor Department recently announced it's creating a new position, a director of compliance assistance who will make sure small businesses comply with regulations. OSHA also is creating an office dedicated to small employers. OSHA defines a "small business" as one with fewer than 250 workers at one site and fewer than 500 in the whole company.

The new Labor post is charged with coordinating efforts to help companies understand and comply with regulations. The agency also will make its field operations handbook, the guide that tells inspectors what to look for at a business, publicly available.

Also, the agency has created a new toll-free number, (800) 4-USA-DOL, to handle employers' questions on pay, leave, safety, health and pension benefits. Department employees will be prohibited from initiating investigations of companies that call.

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