The Employment Standards Administration (ESA) is the
largest agency within the U.S. Department of Labor.
The ESA enforces and administers laws governing legally-mandated
wages and working conditions, including child labor,
minimum wages, overtime and family and medical leave;
equal employment opportunity in businesses with federal
contracts and subcontracts; workers' compensation for
certain employees injured on their jobs; internal union
democracy and financial integrity, and union elections,
which protect the rights of union members; and other
laws and regulations governing employment standards
and practices. Wage and Hour is a division of ESA.