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ADMINISTRATIVE LAW Constitutions and statutes are never complete in the sense of covering all the detailed rules that affect government and business relations. The federal government, as well as state and local governments, has dozens of administrative agencies, whose task is to perform a particular government function. For example, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has broad responsibilities to enforce federal statutes in the area of environmental protection. Administrative law is the collection of rules and decisions made by all these administrative agencies. Just glance at Exhibit 1-2 to get a sense of the scope of a few of the major federal administrative agencies. Businesses function within the rules established by agencies like these. For example, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) oversees health and workplace safety and makes sure that employees will be working in conditions that are not hazardous.
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