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ABOLISHED 05/07/2015 PER PAY LETTER 15-16 - Labor Standards Investigator (9506)

ABOLISHED 05/07/2015 PER PAY LETTER 15-16 - Labor Standards Investigator

California State Personnel Board Specification

  • Schematic Code: WQ21
  • Class Code: 9506
  • Established: 07/07/1986
  • Revised: --
  • Title Changed: --


Under direction within the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement, to perform activities with respect to the enforcement of the orders of the Industrial Welfare Commission and State labor laws not specifically under the jurisdiction of other governmental authority; and to do other related work. This is the professional journey level.

Distinguishing Characteristics

This class is distinguished from classes in the Labor Standards Enforcement series in that incumbents in this class are designated peace officers within the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement.

Typical Tasks

Holds informal investigatory hearings, examines witnesses, takes affidavits, collects other evidence, makes and directs investigations to determine the extent of compliance with, and to resolve disputes arising under State labor laws and Industrial Welfare Commission orders; assesses and collects civil penalties, or initiates civil or criminal action; files various court actions and legal documents; meets with employers and employees and their representatives to advise them of, and to secure compliance with, requirements; inspects places of employment and employers' records to determine the extent of compliance with the provisions of the Labor Code and Orders of the Industrial Welfare Commission; performs peace officer duties, such as making arrests and serving warrants; may be authorized to bear arms.

Minimum Qualifications

Either I


One year of experience in the California state service performing the duties of an Industrial Relations Representative, Range C; or


Two years of experience in the California state service performing the duties of a Senior Special Investigator in the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement.



Equivalent to graduation from college, preferably with emphasis in economics, industrial relations, agribusiness, sociology, or other social sciences or business administration. (Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the required education on a year- for-year basis.) and


Three years of general experience which must have been acquired in one or a combination of the following types of labor relations work, one year of which must have been within the last five years:


1. Industrial relations management, labor relations, or reconciling grievances; or


2. Negotiation or preparation of labor agreements, or interpretation and settlement of grievances arising under labor agreements; or


3. Conciliation, mediation, or arbitration of labor disputes; or


4. Professional level work in the investigation and settlement of complaints regarding violation of State or Federal labor laws

Or Regulations. and


Willingness to work odd and irregular hours in various locations throughout the State; emotional stability; tact; keenness of observation; good memory for names, faces, and incidents; ability to qualify for fiduciary bond.

Felony Disqualification

Existing law provides that persons convicted of a felony are disqualified from employment as peace officers. Such persons are not eligible to compete for, or be appointed to, positions in this class.

Citizenship Requirement

Pursuant to Government Code Section 1031 (a), in order to be a peace officer, a person must be a U.S. Citizen or be a permanent resident alien who is eligible for and has applied for U.S. Citizenship. Any permanent resident alien who is employed as a peace officer shall be disqualified from holding that position if his/her application for citizenship is denied. and


Existing law further provides that peace officers be at least 18 years of age; be fingerprinted for purposes of search of local, State and national fingerprint files to disclose any criminal record; be of good moral character, as determined by a thorough background investigation; be found to be free from any physical, emotional or mental condition which might adversely affect the exercise of the powers of a peace officer.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: State and related Federal labor laws; orders of the Industrial Welfare Commission; principles, practices, and terminology of labor relations work; purposes, organizations and trends of employee and employer organizations; terminology used in various occupations; labor and employment conditions and trends in California; industrial occupations and their requirement and employment procedure; the law of contracts as it applies to the field of labor relations; court procedure and rules of evidence; investigative techniques and procedures; laws of arrest; search and seizure and legal rights of citizens; service of legal processes.


Ability to: Interpret and apply State and related Federal labor laws and orders of the Industrial Welfare Commission; analyze testimony and other types of evidence and draw correct conclusions; hold investigatory hearings and resolve disputes; deal tactfully, effectively, and impartially with employers; conduct difficult and involved investigations of alleged violations of labor laws and Industrial Welfare Commission orders; deal with law enforcement problems tactfully but effectively; analyze situations accurately and take effective action; analyze data; speak and write effectively; qualify in the use of small arms; react calmly and maintain personal control under pressure and in high stress situations; prepare accurate and objective written reports utilizing good grammar, composition, and correct spelling; remain alert over long periods of time.

Special Personal Characteristics

A sympathetic understanding of labor problems; sound judgment; reliability; impartiality; tact; firmness; patience; neat personal appearance; willingness to travel and work irregular hours.

Additional Desirable Qualifications

Possession of a basic certificate issued by the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training.

  Updated: 10/6/2017
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