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DOL/ETA RIN: 1205-AB59 Publication ID: Fall 2016 
Title: Equal Employment Opportunity in Apprenticeship Amendment of Regulations 

Revisions to the equal opportunity regulatory framework for the National Apprenticeship Act are a critical element in the Department's vision to promote and expand Registered Apprenticeship opportunities in the 21st century while continuing to safeguard the welfare and safety of apprentices. In October 2008, the Agency issued a Final Rule updating regulations for Apprenticeship Programs and Labor Standards for Registration. These regulations, codified at title 29 CFR 29, have not been updated since 1977. The companion regulations, 29 CFR 30, Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) in Apprenticeship and Training, have not been amended since 1978. The Agency  proposes to update 29 CFR 30 to ensure that the National Registered Apprenticeship System is consistent and in alignment with EEO law, as it has developed since 1978, and recent revisions to 29 CFR 29. This second phase of regulatory updates ensures that Registered Apprenticeship is positioned to continue to provide economic opportunity for millions of Americans while keeping pace with these new requirements.

Agency: Department of Labor(DOL)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 29 CFR 30 (revision)   
Legal Authority: sec 1, 50 stat 664, as amended (29 U.S.C. 50    40 U.S.C. 276c    5 U.S.C. 301)    Reorganization Plan No 14 of 1950, 64 stat 1267 (5 U.S.C. app p 534)   
Legal Deadline:  None

Statement of Need:

Federal regulations for Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) in Apprenticeship have not been updated since 1978. Updates to these regulations are necessary to ensure that DOL regulatory requirements governing the National Registered Apprenticeship System are consistent with the current state of EEO law and recent revisions to 29 CFR 29.

Summary of the Legal Basis:

These regulations are authorized by the National Apprenticeship Act of 1937 (29 U.S.C. 50) and the Copeland Act (40 U.S.C. 276(c). These regulations will set forth policies and procedures to promote equality of opportunity in apprenticeship programs registered with the U.S. Department of Labor or in State Apprenticeship Agencies recognized by the U.S. Department of Labor.


The public was afforded an opportunity to provide comments on the proposed amendment to Apprenticeship EEO regulations when the Department published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in the Federal Register. A Final Rule was issued after analysis and incorporation of public comments to the NRPM.

Anticipated Costs and Benefits:

The proposed changes are thought to raise "novel legal or policy issues" but are not economically significant within the context of Executive Order 12866 and are not a "major rule" under section 804 of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act.


This action does not affect the public health, safety, or the environment.

Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  11/06/2015  80 FR 68908   
NPRM Comment Period End  01/05/2016 
NPRM Comment Period Extended  12/24/2015 
NPRM Comment Period Extended End  01/20/2016 
Final Rule  12/00/2016 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: Federal, State, Tribal 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: Yes 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: Yes 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
John V. Ladd
Administrator, Office of Apprenticeship
Department of Labor
Employment and Training Administration
200 Constitution Avenue NW, FP Building, Room C-5311,
Washington, DC 20210
Phone:202 693-2796
Fax:202 693-3799