IRAP UPDATE: DOL Receives More than 325,000 Comments on Apprentice Rule The Department of Labor (DOL) received more than 325,000 comments on its proposed apprenticeship rule. Many of the comments were from Employers like you, asking for the construction industry to be exempted from Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Programs (IRAP). IRAPs would take over much of the standard-setting for apprenticeship programs currently conducted by the DOL and state agencies. DOL officials will now spend the upcoming months reviewing comments and working on the final version of the rule. THANK YOU for your help in working to save your long-standing, highly-skilled Union apprentice programs!