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Employee Benefits Security Administration

Department of Labor, Washington, DC 20210


Principal Deputy Assistant SecretaryJeanne K. Wilson

National Office Operations / Chief Operating OfficerTimothy D. Hauser
Regional Office OperationsAmy J. Turner

The Employee Benefits Security Administration assures the security of the retirement, health, and other workplace related benefits of American workers and their families.

The Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) educates and assists the over 154 million participants in and beneficiaries of approximately 710,000 private retirement plans, 2.4 million health plans, and similar numbers of other welfare benefit plans. The EBSA balances proactive enforcement with compliance assistance and supports enrollees and beneficiaries by developing effective regulations; assisting and educating fiduciaries, plan sponsors, service providers, and workers; and enforcing the law.

Sources of Information


EBSA's workers and families assistance web page provides accessible information on programs and services, answers to frequently asked questions, and assistance where a health or retirement benefit has been denied inappropriately.

Career Opportunities

In 2019, the EBSA ranked 229th among 420 agency subcomponents in the Partnership for Public Service's Best Places To Work Agency Rankings.

Contact Information

The "Regional Offices" web page has contact information for EBSA regional and district offices.

Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA)

ERISA is a Federal law that sets minimum standards for most voluntarily established retirement and health plans in private industry. This statute provides protection for individuals who are enrolled in these plans. The Department of Labor has a web page that it has dedicated to the ERISA.

On September 2, 1974, President Gerald R. Ford approved Public Law 93–406, which is also cited as the "Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974." Senators and Representatives of the U.S. Congress wrote this 207-page piece of legislation "to provide for pension reform" (88 Stat. 829).

En Español

The EBSA posts information in Spanish on its website.

ERISA Advisory Council

The membership of the council is posted on the "ERISA Advisory Council" web page. The council posts issue statements on the same page.

ERISA Advisory Council reports are posted online.


The EBSA posts factsheets.

Federal Register

Significant documents and documents that the EBSA recently published in the Federal Register are accessible online.


The EBSA posts forms and filing instructions online.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The EBSA posts answers to frequently asked questions.


The EBSA administers and enforces the fiduciary, reporting, and disclosure provisions of the first title of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA). The histories of the ERISA and EBSA are tightly intertwined.

Information for Researchers

EBSA researchers expand the knowledge of employee benefits and their role in meeting the Nation's economic security needs.

Key Topics

The EBSA website features a page with links to key topics: health and other employee benefits, reporting and filing, and retirement.


The EBSA posts news items on the Department of Labor's website.


The EBSA distributes booklets, factsheets, and pamphlets on employer responsibilities and employee rights under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act. A list of publications is available online or from the Office of Outreach, Education, and Assistance. Phone, 866-444-3272.

The Sources of Information were updated 9–2020.