SAN FRANCISCO --John C. Duncan, Director of the Department of Industrial Relations (DIR), today announced that the Senate has confirmed Jose H. Millan with a unanimous vote as Chief of the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (Labor Commissioner). This follows the Senate Rules Committee's recommendation on Monday, May 18, that Millan be confirmed. The Labor Commissioner is the State's chief labor law enforcement officer and as such he is responsible for enforcing most of California's labor laws.
"I am pleased to see a unanimous show of support for Mr. Millan from the Senate. He has made significant contributions to both employees and law-abiding employers in the state and will continue to be instrumental in the ongoing activities of the Division," said Duncan.
Millan was appointed as State Labor Commissioner by Governor Wilson on July 22, 1997. He has been with the Division since 1985 and prior to his appointment, Millan served as Interim Labor Commissioner and Assistant State Labor Commissioner. Millan was instrumental in implementing the Targeted Industries Partnership Program (TIPP), which is a nationally recognized multi-agency enforcement and educational effort focused on the garment, agricultural and restaurant industries. Millan was the lead enforcement officer on the 1995 El Monte garment manufacturing TIPP raid, where 72 Thai nationals were found working in virtual slave like conditions. Millan's contributions to TIPP were a significant factor in that program, which received the 1996 Council of State Government Award for Innovative Government Programs.
Millan, a Santa Cruz resident, was raised in East Los Angeles and earned a bachelor's degree in history and political science from Pitzer College in 1977, a master's degree in management from the School for International Training in 1981, and a juris doctorate from the University of Houston School of Law in 1985.