Rules and Regulations

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What are rules and regulations?

Rules and regulations are standards set out by the federal agencies to help enforce laws passed by Congress. For example, the Department of Labor sets rules for overtime, including the conditions under which people are entitled to be paid overtime and the dollar amount of the salary that qualifies people for overtime.

Who creates rules and regulations?

Rules and regulations are proposed by the agencies and posted for public notice and comment on Regulations.gov. Anyone can provide a comment on a proposed rule that they’re concerned about. The agency is required to consider the comments in forming the final rule.

How do rules and regulations fit into the federal government?

The president’s Cabinet runs many of the federal departments, and the president also appoints people to run federal agencies. The departments and agencies write rules and regulations to enforce laws passed by Congress.
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