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WA State Dept of L&I – L&I Industrial Relations Agent 3

SALARY: $3,721.00 – $4,879.00 Monthly
OPENING DATE: 02/21/17
CLOSING DATE: 03/07/17 11:59 PM
OPENING DATE: 02/21/17
CLOSING DATE: 03/07/17 11:59 PM

L&I Industrial Relations Agent 3, Paid Sick Leave/Retaliation Specialist

Are you looking for a challenging position, where you can make a difference for the citizens of Washington State?
Application review begins immediately – it is to your advantage to apply today.

Who We Are
Labor & Industries (L&I) is a diverse state government agency dedicated to the safety, health, and security of Washington’s workers and employers. View our profile here. The Office of Human Resources is located in the L&I Headquarters building in Tumwater.

Why work for Labor & Industries?
We have a flexible work environment!  Work/life balance is respected, your voice matters and Washington State provides one of the most competitive benefits packages in the nation.  In addition, L&I is a diverse state agency dedicated to the safety and health and security of Washington’s 2.5 million workers.

The Challenge and Opportunity
As an Industrial Relations Agent 3 (Paid Sick Leave/Retaliation Specialist), you’ll serve as a technical oversight specialist for the administration and enforcement of the new paid sick leave requirements under the Minimum Wage Act under (RCW 49.46).
This opportunity may also provide direct technical assistance concerning minimum  wage, overtime, the Farm Labor Contractor Act, child labor regulations and the Industrial Welfare Act to business firms, groups of employees, school authorities, union officials, public officials, employer associations, law enforcement officers and other interested groups.

The work you do will spark a great sense of pride, as you will also assist agents in their work to recover employee wages through L&I’s wage complaint process.

What you will do in the first 6-12 months:

  • Develop a network of stakeholders for education and outreach on paid sick leave and retaliation, as defined by RCW 49.46.
  • Work closely with staff writing rules for the new paid sick leave requirement, and become a technical expert on those rules.
  • Answer technical questions from the public, field agents, and internal staff.
  • Become involved in the web, publications, and flyers by working in partnership with the Web & Communications division.

Some of what you’ll do:

  • Provide technical direction to up to 19 Industrial Relations Agents statewide regarding paid sick leave and retaliation.
  • Conduct investigations into paid sick leave, retaliation, and other employment law violations.
  • Assist in the review, rewrite and management of statues and Washington Administrative Codes (WAC) in the area of paid sick leave and retaliation.
  • Provide training and outreach on Employment Standards requirements and procedures to agents, businesses, labor organizations, government agencies, and other interested parties.
  • Assist the Program Manager in reviewing, developing and proposing changes to paid sick leave regulations and related legislation.
  • Represent the department at legislative hearings, write bill analyses and complete fiscal notes for Employment Standards’ legislation.

Who should apply
Professionals with two years of experience as an Industrial Relations Agent or closely related field;

A bachelor’s degree and two years’ experience in labor/employment relations and regulations; investigations of complaints of misconduct (criminal or civil); interpretation and explanation of Labor and Industries rules, regulations, policies, and practices regarding employment standards, prevailing wage, wage and hour, and child labor laws; or related experience.

Additional qualifying experience will substitute for education requirement at the rate of one year of experience for one year of education.

Desirable experience includes a background in investigation and working with victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and/or stalking or working with the Wage Payment Act, the processing of administrative citations, and the preparation of files for appeal.

What we’re looking for:

Knowledge of laws governing all phases of labor relations; general policies; principles and practices of labor and management; and in particular, state wage and hour laws; related federal laws and regulations and applicable case law decisions; and contracts and related labor relations.

  • Your ability to apply such knowledge to mediation and resolution; principles, standards, and techniques of investigations.
  • Demonstrated working knowledge of the rules of evidence/chain of custody necessary to protect integrity of evidence gathered during an investigation.
  • Skills and ability to supervise; hire, assign, direct work, set, monitor and evaluate remote staff.
  • Ability to coach and mentor others; proven ability to provide information, technique, instruction, feedback and encouragement that maximizes success on the job.
  • Exceptional interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills.
  • Ability to deliver training and presentations.
  • Excellent grammatical, editing, and proofreading skills required.

Consideration will be given to complete applications with an attached Letter of Interest.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: This job announcement may be used to fill multiple vacancies. Application review starts immediately and the hiring authority reserves the right to offer the job at any time. It’s to your advantage to apply quickly.

Employees driving on state business must have a valid driver’s license. Employees driving a privately owned vehicle on state business must have liability insurance on the privately owned vehicle.

Prior to any new hire into L&I, a background check, including criminal record history, will be conducted.

To apply click here
Jobs advertised as Open Continuous will be closed without notice. Apply quickly!

We’re looking for evidence that you have what we’re looking for. Your application materials will be used for deciding who’ll be selected for an interview.

For more information about the Department of Labor & Industries visit:
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L&I strives to attract and retain a high-performing and diverse workforce in which our differences are respected and valued to better meet the needs of the diverse customers we serve. L&I fosters an inclusive environment that promotes safety, collaboration, flexibility and fairness so that all employees can participate and contribute to their full potential.

Persons with a disability, who need assistance in the application process, or those needing this announcement in an alternative format, may call (360) 902-5700. Applicants that are deaf or hard of hearing may call through the Washington Relay Service at 7-1-1.
The State of Washington is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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