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Employer Compliance Assistance Forum to Be Held

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (Feb. 18, 2008) - The North Country Small Business Development Center, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Small Business Programs and the New York State Department of Labor/OneWorkSource, will be offering a forum to help employers understand Department of Labor rules and regulations.

The program will be held at the OneWorkSource building, 194 U.S. Oval, Room 220, on Tuesday, Feb. 26 from 1 to 4 p.m. and will provide valuable information to small business owners regarding occupational safety and health concerns, and labor and employment issues.

Business owners will discover how compliance assistance can strengthen their small business. They will also get expert information on Department of Labor rules regarding minimum wage, overtime, fair labor standards, workplace safety, and employee health and pension benefits.

Representatives from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Small Business Programs, Wage and Hour Division, and its Employee Benefits Security Administration will participate in the forum and answer questions from small business owners.

To register for this free forum, call the SBDC at 518-564-2042 or email, [email protected] .

The North Country SBDC, part of the School of Business and Economics at SUNY Plattsburgh, works one-on-one in a confidential setting with emerging, existing, and expanding entrepreneurs. The staff has provided these services at no cost to clients in Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton, Warren, and northern Washington counties for more than 22 years.  The North Country SBDC is part of a statewide program funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration and the State of New York. Visit the North Country SBDC online at http://www.plattsburgh.edu/offices/support/SBDC or www.BizEssentials.org .

The Office of Small Business Programs administers the Department of Labor's responsibility to ensure procurement opportunities for small businesses, small disadvantaged businesses, women-owned small businesses, HUBZone businesses, and businesses owned by service-disabled veterans. OSBP serves as the department's ombudsman for small businesses under the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act and is active in the Department of Labor's compliance assistance activities. As part of the department's goal to raise awareness of the opportunities and services available to the small business community, OSBP is committed to expanding its outreach efforts across the United States. It also manages the minority colleges and universities program in order to support the participation of historically black colleges and universities, Hispanic-serving institutions, tribal colleges and universities, and Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders within the department's programs and plans.

The Department of Labor's Office of Compliance Assistance Policy leads a variety of department-wide compliance assistance efforts and provides a Web portal to all of the department's compliance assistance resources by topic, audience and law.

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