The ultimate decisions on interpretations of the Act are made by the courts (Mitchell v. Zachry, 362 U.S. 310; Kirschbaum v. Walling, 316 U.S. 517). Court decisions supporting interpretations contained in this bulletin are cited
where it is believed they may be helpful. On matters which have not been determined by the courts, it is necessary for the
Secretary of Labor and the Administrator to reach conclusions as to the meaning and
the application of provisions of the law in order to carry out their responsibilities
of administration and enforcement (Skidmore v. Swift, 323 U.S. 134). In order that these positions may be made known to persons who may be affected by
them, official interpretations are issued by the Administrator on the advice of the
Solicitor of Labor, as authorized by the Secretary (Reorg. Pl. 6 of 1950, 64 Stat. 1263; Gen. Ord. 45A, May 24, 1950; 15 FR 3290). As included in the regulations in this part, these interpretations are believed
to express the intent of the law as reflected in its provisions as constructed by
the courts and evidenced by its legislative history. References to pertinent legislative history are made in this part where it appears
that they will contribute to a better understanding of the interpretations.
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