The mission of the California Labor Commissioner's Office is to ensure a just day's pay in every workplace in the State and to promote economic justice through robust enforcement of labor laws. By combating wage theft, protecting workers from retaliation, and educating the public, we put earned wages into workers' pockets and help level the playing field for law-abiding employers.
The Labor Commissioner has the following arms for enforcing labor laws. Most of our positions fall under one of the following units:
Wage Claim Adjudication: Adjudicates wage claims on behalf of workers who file claims for nonpayment of wages, overtime, or vacation pay pursuant to California Labor Code section 98.
Vision: As a national leader in the Wage Claim Adjudication process, the Labor Commissioner's Office enforces the law by setting a standard of fair and expeditious resolution of claims to achieve long-term compliance from the employers of the State of California. By providing education and meaningful enforcement of wage and hour laws, we combat wage theft and ensure that wages earned are put into the pockets of the workers.
Public Works: Investigates and enforces prevailing wages, apprenticeship standards, and related workplace protections on public works construction projects.
Vision: The Public Works Unit effectively combats prevailing wage theft through vigorous labor law enforcement, fosters strong working relationships with stakeholders and robust apprenticeships on public works projects, and provides education to workers, contractors, and awarding bodies to ensure workers who build and maintain the infrastructure of California receive a just day's pay for a hard day's work and law abiding contractors can thrive and compete.
Retaliation Complaint Investigations Unit: The RCI unit investigates complaints alleging unlawful retaliation in the workplace.
Vision: To establish a presence in the minds of those who fight for justice and those who retaliate, the Labor Commissioner's Retaliation Complaint Investigation Unit promptly investigates complaints of retaliation to achieve remedies for the victims and to penalize those who retaliate. Through enforcement and education, the Unit protects and empowers workers to encourage their fight for justice, while deterring employers from engaging in unlawful adverse actions.
Bureau of Field Enforcement: Conducts on-site inspections to investigate and enforce compliance with minimum wage and overtime laws on behalf of all affected workers, worker's compensation insurance coverage, child labor, cash pay, unlicensed contractors, and other California labor law standards.
Vision: The Bureau of Field Enforcement (BOFE) combats wage theft, ensuring a just day's pay for employees, leveling the playing field for law-abiding employers, and promoting economic justice by conducting comprehensive, impactful field investigations that encourage worker participation and employer cooperation and put earned wages into workers' pockets. We empower workers to protect their rights in the workplace by working collaboratively with our partners and by enforcing California labor standards to their fullest extent through the powers vested in the Labor Commissioner's Office.
Licensing & Registration: Administers exams, issues and renews permits, licenses, certifications, and registrations to the following industries: Agricultural, Entertainment, Garment, and Car Wash.
Vision: Provides California employers with the highest quality assistance in obtaining their licenses and registrations in the most expeditious manner. Our knowledgeable staff promotes economic justice by providing dependable service with a highly functional and well-designed on-line system to level the playing field for law-abiding employers. We utilize the registration requirements to ensure compliance with all labor laws in licensed industries.
Legal Unit: Labor Commissioner's Office attorneys present civil cases at both the trial and appellate level.
The majority of cases involve issues of unpaid wages that have arisen as a result of an appeal taken from an order, decision, or award of the Labor Commissioner. Labor Commissioner's Office attorneys also pursue cases involving violations of the prevailing wage provisions of the public works laws.
Positions with the Labor Commissioner's Office
Investigates wage theft, retaliation, and other violations of California labor laws, conducts on-site inspections of workplaces or conferences with employers and employees to ensure workers are paid in compliance with the law, reviews payroll records, represents the Division in investigatory hearings, examines witnesses, educates employers and employees to create a culture of compliance.
Entry-level professional employee in a learning and development capacity in preparation for advancement to an entry level professional assignment in the Deputy Labor Commissioner series of the division.
In addition to the duties above, the DLC II holds hearings on discrimination complaints, assess civil penalties for violations of child labor laws, claims for wages and benefits, and makes decisions in accordance with final orders of the Labor Commissioner; may act as Deputy in charge of a small office.
Presents civil and criminal cases involving unpaid wages; responsible for pre-trial and drafts briefs related to cases involving Labor Commissioner's decisions on cases related to violations of labor laws and interpretations of union contracts; defends the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement in court actions and proceedings in both state and federal trial and appellate courts.
This is the first supervisory level in the DLC series. In addition to the duties above, incumbents plan, direct, and coordinate the work of a district office.
Will learn and perform technical, semiprofessional tasks in preparation for advancement to an entry level professional assignment in the Deputy Labor Commissioner series of the division.
Works in the Legal unit of the Labor Commissioner's office and performs the full range and most complex legal secretarial work.
Participates in analytical studies of organization, procedures, budgetary requirements, and personnel management; analyzes data; interviews and consults with departmental officials, employees, and others to give and secure information; prepares reports and makes recommendations on procedures, policies, and program alternatives; reviews and analyzes proposed legislation and advises management on the potential impact; makes decisions on financial, personnel, and other transactions.
Performs a wide range of general and complex office and clerical work. Office Technicians process incoming and outgoing mail, assist with public inquiries and phone calls, organize supplies, files, and draft, edit, revise, and mail correspondence. Specific duties will vary based on office needs.
Works independently for the preparation, development and control of the departmental budget. Reviews analytical studies and surveys; formulates procedures, policies, and program alternatives; makes recommendations on a broad spectrum of administrative and program-related problems; reviews and analyzes proposed legislation and advises management on the impact or potential impact.