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29 U.S. Code § 50 - Promotion of labor standards of apprenticeship

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The Secretary of Labor is authorized and directed to formulate and promote the furtherance of labor standards necessary to safeguard the welfare of apprentices, to extend the application of such standards by encouraging the inclusion thereof in contracts of apprenticeship, to bring together employers and labor for the formulation of programs of apprenticeship, to cooperate with State agencies engaged in the formulation and promotion of standards of apprenticeship, and to cooperate with the Secretary of Education in accordance with section 17 of title 20. For the purposes of this chapter the term “State” shall include the District of Columbia.

(Aug. 16, 1937, ch. 663, § 1, 50 Stat. 664; 1939 Reorg. Plan No. I, §§  201, 204, 206, eff. July 1, 1939, 4 F.R. 2728, 53 Stat. 1424, 1425; July 12, 1943, ch. 221, title VII, 57 Stat. 518; 1953 Reorg. Plan No. 1, §§ 5, 8, eff. Apr. 11, 1953, 18 F.R. 2053, 67 Stat. 631; Pub. L. 93–198, title II, §  204(h), Dec. 24, 1973, 87 Stat. 784; Pub. L. 96–88, title III, § 301(a)(1), Oct. 17, 1979, 93 Stat. 677.)
Editorial Notes
References in Text

Section 17 of title 20, referred to in text, was repealed by Pub. L. 89–554, § 8(a), Sept. 6, 1966, 80 Stat. 643.


Words “with the National Youth Administration” were omitted from text in view of abolition of National Youth Administration by act July 12, 1943.


1973—Pub. L. 93–198 inserted provision that “State” includes the District of Columbia.

Statutory Notes and Related Subsidiaries
Effective Date of 1973 Amendment

Amendment by Pub. L. 93–198 effective July 1, 1974, see section 771(b) of Pub. L. 93–198, set out in part as a note under section 49b of this title.

Short Title of 2020 Amendment

Pub. L. 116–134, § 1, Mar. 26, 2020, 134 Stat. 276, provided that:

“This Act [enacting section 50c of this title] may be cited as the ‘Support for Veterans in Effective Apprenticeships Act of 2019’.”
Short Title

The act of Aug. 16, 1937, ch. 663, 50 Stat. 664, which enacted this chapter, is popularly known as the “National Apprenticeship Act”.

Transfer of Functions

Secretary of Education” substituted in text for “Office of Education under the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare”, pursuant to section 301(a)(1) of Pub. L. 96–88, which is classified to section 3441(a)(1) of Title 20, Education, and which transferred all functions of Office of Education to Secretary of Education.

Executive Documents
Transfer of Functions

Functions of Federal Security Administrator transferred to Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare and all agencies of Federal Security Agency transferred to Department of Health, Education, and Welfare by section 5 of Reorg. Plan No. 1 of 1953, set out in the Appendix to Title 5, Government Organization and Employees. Federal Security Agency and office of Administrator abolished by section 8 of Reorg. Plan No. 1 of 1953.

Reorg. Plan No. I of 1939, consolidated National Youth Administration and Office of Education, with other agencies, into Federal Security Agency under supervision and direction of Federal Security Administrator.

Executive Order No. 13801

Ex. Ord. No. 13801, June 15, 2017, 82 F.R. 28229, which related to expanding apprenticeships and reducing federally funded education and workforce development programs, was revoked by Ex. Ord. No. 14016, Feb. 17, 2021, 86 F.R. 11089.