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Job Posting: CA Labor Commissioner's Office Field Investigator

Department of Industrial Relations

CA Labor Commissioner's Office Field Investigator

$5,658.00 - $7,239.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: 11/3/2021

Job Description and Duties

This posting may be used to fill future vacancies in accordance with 2 CCR §249.3.

The Department of Industrial Relations, State Labor Commissioner’s Office is NOW HIRING FOR MULTIPLE POSITIONS STATEWIDE!!
****Please identify your preferred location on your job application.****

The Bureau of Field Enforcement (BOFE), Labor Enforcement Task Force (LETF) and/or the Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) program(s) are seeking dynamic individuals to work as Deputy Labor Commissioner I (DLC I) or Industrial Relations Representative (IRR) willing to perform public service through communication, education, investigation and enforcement. This is the ideal career choice if you are a candidate interested in labor relations field work to:

• Inspect business records and educate employees/employers on time and payroll requirements
• Investigate workers’ group claims of unpaid minimum wage and overtime
• Enforce laws requiring that employers maintain workers’ compensation insurance coverage
• Combat cash pay used by employers to circumvent labor laws
• Ensure minors are protected from illegal child labor practices
• Identify unlicensed contractors to bring them into compliance

In collaboration with you, we will represent our Department with professionalism, best practices and deliverables that build community trust in our organization by providing the tools, education and robust enforcement of California’s wage and hour laws to combat wage theft, and ensure that wages earned are put into the pockets of the workers.

On behalf of the State Labor Commissioner’s Office, we are committed to providing guidance, encouragement, and support to enrich your work experience and ability to succeed in your career within our Department. APPLY TODAY TO JOIN OUR TEAM!!

About us: Labor Commissioner's Office

You will find additional information about the job in the Duty Statement.

Working Conditions

The duties of this position are conducted both in an office and field setting. The incumbent is required to travel for field operations and trainings. The incumbent will have access to a state vehicle, laptop computer, printer, cellular phone, and other equipment necessary to conduct on-site inspections and investigations. While in the field, the incumbent may be exposed to dirt, odors, noise, fumes, uneven surfaces, stairs, high-rise buildings, extreme weather conditions, and fast moving equipment.

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Position Details

Job Code #:
Position #(s):
Working Title:
CA Labor Commissioner's Office Field Investigator
$5,658.00 - $7,239.00
$3,800.00 - $5,885.00
# of Positions:
Work Location:
United States
Job Type:
Permanent, Full Time

Department Information

Statewide recruitment to be filled in either of the following locations: Bakersfield, San Diego, Santa Ana, San Francisco, Fresno, San Jose, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Oakland, Santa Rosa, Redding, Stockton, Sacramento, Van Nuys, or San Bernardino.

Please identify your preferred location on your job application.

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The Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) was established in 1927. Its mission is to improve working conditions for California's wage earners and to advance opportunities for profitable employment in California. DIR administers and enforces laws governing wages, workplace safety and health, apprenticeship training programs, and medical care and other benefits for injured workers.


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.

About us: Labor Commissioner's Office

Electronic Submission of Applications preferred. Application Packages maybe submitted electronically through your CalCareer Account by 11:59 p.m. on or before the above final filing date. Please only submit ONE application. Electronic applications submitted through your CalCareer Account are highly recommended and will be received/processed faster than other methods of filing.

Please let us know how you heard about our position by taking this brief survey: DIR Applicant Survey

Department Website:

Special Requirements

Willingness to travel and be able to work irregular hours.

If you are using education to meet one of the patterns of the minimum qualifications, please submit a copy of your degree or transcripts with your application package.

Application Instructions

Completed applications and all required documents must be received or postmarked by the Final Filing Date in order to be considered. Dates printed on Mobile Bar Codes, such as the Quick Response (QR) Codes available at the USPS, are not considered Postmark dates for the purpose of determining timely filing of an application.

Final Filing Date: 11/3/2021

Who May Apply

Individuals who are currently in the classification, eligible for lateral transfer, eligible for reinstatement, have list eligibility, are in the process of obtaining list eligibility, or have SROA and/or Surplus eligibility (please attach your letter, if available). SROA and Surplus candidates are given priority; therefore, individuals with other eligibility may be considered in the event no SROA or Surplus candidates apply. Individuals who are eligible for a Training and Development assignment may also be considered for this position(s).

Applications will be screened and only the most qualified applicants will be selected to move forward in the selection process.
Applicants must meet the Minimum Qualifications stated in the Classification Specification(s).

How To Apply

Complete Application Packages (including your Examination/Employment Application (STD 678) and applicable or required documents) must be submitted to apply for this Job Posting. Application Packages may be submitted electronically through your CalCareer Account at When submitting your application in hard copy, a completed copy of the Application Package listing must be included. If you choose to not apply electronically, a hard copy application package may be submitted through an alternative method listed below:

Address for Mailing Application Packages

You may submit your application and any applicable or required documents to:

Department of Industrial Relations
Attn: Certification Unit
1515 Clay St., Suite 409
Oakland, CA 94612

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

You may drop off your application and any applicable or required documents at:

Department of Industrial Relations
1515 Clay St., Suite 409
Oakland, CA 94612
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Required Application Package Documents

The following items are required to be submitted with your application. Applicants who do not submit the required items timely may not be considered for this job:

  • Current version of the State Examination/Employment Application STD Form 678 (when not applying electronically), or the Electronic State Employment Application through your Applicant Account at All Experience and Education relating to the Minimum Qualifications listed on the Classification Specification should be included to demonstrate how you meet the Minimum Qualifications for the position.
  • Resume is optional. It may be included, but is not required.
Applicants requiring reasonable accommodations for the hiring interview process must request the necessary accommodations if scheduled for a hiring interview. The request should be made at the time of contact to schedule the interview. Questions regarding reasonable accommodations may be directed to the EEO contact listed on this job posting.

Desirable Qualifications

In addition to evaluating each candidate's relative ability, as demonstrated by quality and breadth of experience, the following factors will provide the basis for competitively evaluating each candidate:

A general understanding of the California Labor Code and Industrial Welfare Commission orders.
Analytical skills and attention to detail.
Excellent research skills.
Effective time management and organizational skills.
Strong interpersonal skills.
Good mathematical skills.
Proficiency in Excel and other Microsoft applications.
Professional demeanor and attire
Manage documents and information with confidentiality and discretion.
Bilingual applicants are encouraged to apply.
Valid CA Driver's License

Knowledge of current social and economic developments and trends in California.
Knowledge of problems of the culturally and economically disadvantaged.
Knowledge of methods used in compiling and presenting data.
Knowledge of investigation and interviewing techniques and procedures.

Mathematical, written, and oral communication skills.
Research and/or investigative skills.
Critical thinking, analytical, problem solving, and decision making skills.
Organizational, time management, and case management skills.
Strong interpersonal skills.

Ability to objectively interpret and apply rules and regulations.
Ability to gather and analyze data.
Ability to communicate effectively.
Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with individuals and groups in the work setting and within the community.


• Comprehensive health benefits package with medical, dental, and vision options
• Sick leave, vacation leave, or annual leave options available
• Retirement plan through CalPERS. Other retirement options include 401(k) and/or 457(b) participation through State of California Savings Plus program
• Public transportation subsidy and pre-tax parking program options
• Representation in the State of California collective bargaining process by California Attorneys, Administrative Law Judges, and Hearing Officers in State Employment (CASE). Members belong to Unit 2 in the bargaining process
• The personal satisfaction of knowing that you impact the daily lives of wage
earners in California.

Additional incentives to be determined on an office by office basis by the hiring manager.

Contact Information

The Human Resources Contact is available to answer questions regarding the position or application process.

Department Website:
Human Resources Contact:
Certification Unit
(800) 564-0771

Please direct requests for Reasonable Accommodations to the interview scheduler at the time the interview is being scheduled. You may direct any additional questions regarding Reasonable Accommodations or Equal Employment Opportunity for this position(s) to the Department's EEO Office.

EEO Contact:
DIR EEO Officer
(510) 285-3080
California Relay Service: 1-800-735-2929 (TTY), 1-800-735-2922 (Voice) TTY is a Telecommunications Device for the Deaf, and is reachable only from phones equipped with a TTY Device.

DIR Mission and Core Values

Our mission is to protect and improve the welfare and working conditions for California's wage earners and to advance opportunities for profitable employment in California. DIR is also committed to ensuring that all employers comply with labor laws in California to support a fair and thriving business environment.

Integrity - We fulfill the promise of our mission through fair, honest and ethical behavior.

Service - We are committed to responsibly serving the public and value their trust.

Respect - We treat others with dignity, courtesy and consideration.

Quality - We take pride in providing the public with accurate and timely services.

Transparency - We conduct ourselves with openness and accountability in all aspects of our work

Equal Opportunity Employer

The State of California is an equal opportunity employer to all, regardless of age, ancestry, color, disability (mental and physical), exercising the right to family care and medical leave, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, military or veteran status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religious creed, sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), and sexual orientation.

It is an objective of the State of California to achieve a drug-free work place. Any applicant for state employment will be expected to behave in accordance with this objective because the use of illegal drugs is inconsistent with the law of the State, the rules governing Civil Service, and the special trust placed in public servants.

Application Methods:
Electronic (Using your CalCareer Account)
By Mail