Privacy and Security Statement

Thank you for visiting ePolicyWorks.org and reviewing our privacy and security statement. ePolicyWorks is strongly committed to maintaining the privacy of each member’s personal information and the security of our computer systems. With respect to the collection, use and disclosure of personal information, ePolicyWorks, on behalf of DOL, makes every effort to ensure compliance with applicable federal law, including, but not limited to, The Privacy Act of 1974, The Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, and The Freedom of Information Act.

As a general rule, ePolicyWorks does not collect personally identifying information about its members, unless they choose to provide such information.

If you respond to an online request for personal information:

Generally, the information requested by ePolicyWorks will be used to respond to your inquiry or to provide you with the service associated with the request. However, when this information is requested, the reasons for collecting it with a description of the Department’s intended use of the information will be fully described in a customized “Privacy Notice”. This Privacy Notice will either appear on the Web page collecting the information or be accessible through a link prominently displayed immediately preceding the information request.

If you visit our site to read or download information, we collect and store the following information:

  • The name of the domain from which you access the Internet.
  • The date and time you access our site.
  • The Internet address of the website from which you linked directly to our site.

The above information is used by software programs on our website to create summary statistics which allow us to assess the number of visitors to the different sections of our site, identify what information is of most and least interest, determine technical design specifications, monitor system performance and help us make our site more useful to visitors.

If you identify yourself by sending an e-mail containing personal information:

You also may decide to send us personally identifying information. Information collected in this manner is used solely for responding to requests for information or records. We may forward your e-mail to other government employees who are better able to respond to you. Should you wish to file a request under FOIA, instructions are provided at: http://www.dol.gov/dol/foia/main.htm

If you link to other sites outside of ePolicyWorks.org:

Our website may have links to other sites. When you link to any of these sites, you are no longer on our site and are subject to the privacy policy of the new site.

Cookie Use Notice:

ePolicyWorks employs “cookies” to provide better service to its customers. ePolicyWorks does not use cookies to collect any personally identifying information from users or to track user activities beyond our website. ePolicyWorks does not maintain copies of cookies on our website after you leave our website.

For security purposes and to ensure that this service remains available to all users, our website also employs software programs to monitor network traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information, or otherwise cause damage.

Unauthorized attempts to upload information or change information on this service are strictly prohibited and may be punishable under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986 and The National Information Infrastructure Protection Act of 1996.

Comments on Social Media Accounts

ePolicyWorks reserves the right, but undertakes no duty, to review, edit, move or delete any material submitted as a comment on its social media accounts. When possible, we will remove personal information or delete comments to protect visitors’ identities. Visitors should not include identifiable information (an email address, Social Security Number or phone number) in the text of their comment.

Sometimes we may forward a comment and/or contact information to other federal agencies that may be better able to address the issue or concern. With the exception of authorized law enforcement investigations, or as otherwise required by law, we will not share personal information with any other outside organizations.

Privacy and Security of Social Media Accounts

ePolicyWorks does not necessarily control or guarantee the security or privacy of its social media accounts, nor do we control the personal information that is collected or stored by these external sites. We will make every attempt possible to protect visitors’ identities and personal information; however, visitors are subject to the policies of these external third party websites.

ePolicyWorks Social Media User Agreement

The following User Agreement governs the use of all official ePolicyWorks accounts on social media platforms and websites, including, but not limited to, social networking pages, Web blogs and file sharing sites (i.e. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn).

Please read the rules contained in this Agreement carefully. You can access this Agreement at any time on ePolicyWorks.org. Your use of any aspect of ePolicyWorks social media accounts constitutes your agreement to comply with these rules. If you cannot agree with these rules, please do not participate.

This Agreement may be modified at any time. The date of the most recent revision will appear at the bottom left hand corner of this page. Your continued access of ePolicyWorks’ social media accounts will constitute your acceptance of all changes or revisions to this Agreement.

Your failure to follow these rules may result in suspension or termination of your access to ePolicyWorks social media accounts, without notice.

Please review each of the following sections of the ePolicyWorks Social Media User Agreement:

Official Sources of Information

Any social media accounts maintained by ePolicyWorks should not be regarded as a primary source for official government information or statements (not including links to content on official government websites). ePolicyWorks is managed by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP). Any official statements regarding ePolicyWorks will be released by ODEP in coordination with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Public Affairs (OPA).

Comments Are Subject to Public Disclosure

All comments submitted or posted on ePolicyWorks social media accounts are subject to public disclosure. ePolicyWorks reserves the right to restrict or remove any content that is deemed in violation of this policy or any applicable law.

Comments by Others Are Not Endorsed

ePolicyWorks does not necessarily endorse, support, sanction, encourage, verify or agree with the comments, opinions or statements posted on its social media accounts. Any information or material placed online, including advice and opinions, are the views and responsibility of those making the comments and do not necessarily represent the views of ePolicyWorks, the United States Government or its third party providers. By submitting a comment for posting, you agree that ePolicyWorks, the United States Government and its third party service providers are not responsible, and shall have no liability to you, with respect to any information or materials posted, including defamatory, offensive or illicit material, even material that violates this Agreement.

The Right to Report Threatening Comments

ePolicyWorks reserves the right to report any comments that imply harm or imminent danger to yourself or others. By submitting a comment for posting, you accept that ePolicyWorks has the right to contact the appropriate authorities to report any suspicious activities, threats or behaviors.

Comments Submitted on Social Media Accounts

ePolicyWorks reserves the right, but undertakes no duty, to review, edit, move or delete any material submitted as a comment to information posted on its social media accounts at its sole discretion, without notice. All comments submitted on its social media accounts will be reviewed and posted if they meet our comment policy.

When possible, we will remove personal information or delete comments to protect your identity. Visitors should not include identifiable information (an e-mail address, Social Security Number or phone number) in the text of their comment.

Sometimes ePolicyWorks may forward your comment and/or contact information to other federal agencies that may be better able to address your issue or concern. With the exception of authorized law enforcement investigations, or otherwise required by law, we will not share your personal information with any other outside organizations.

While we encourage submissions from all viewpoints, we ask that all participants agree to the following Terms of Participation:

  • To ensure constructive questions and comments, please post only questions or comments directly related and relevant to ePolicyWorks and the topics discussed.
  • Refrain from posting questions that contain threats, obscenities and any other material that would violate the law if published, such as abusive, defamatory or sexually explicit material.
  • Submissions containing the following will be deleted:
    • Obscene or threatening language or discrimination (hate speech) based on race, sex, gender, religion, national origin, age or disability
    • Commercial services or products
    • Any personal or sensitive information (phone numbers, email or postal addresses)
    • Any endorsement of religious beliefs/practices or political parties, candidates or groups
    • Any posts or links intended to influence (lobby) a Member of Congress or government official on legislation or appropriation

Revised September 12, 2012