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Department of Industrial Relations, State of California

Oakland, CA | https://www.dir.ca.gov/
Joined in December 2020

About Us

Who We Are

Government Agency: The California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) protects and improves the health, safety, and economic well-being of over 18 million wage earners and helps their employers comply with state labor laws.


Our Mission

DIR was established in 1927. Our mission is to improve 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.

DIR administers and enforces laws governing wages, hours and breaks, overtime, retaliation, workplace safety and health, apprenticeship training programs, and medical care and other benefits for injured workers. DIR also publishes materials and holds workshops and seminars to promote healthy employment relations, conducts research to improve its programs, and coordinates with other agencies to target egregious violators of labor laws and tax laws in the underground economy.


Core Values

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.


Generous Benefits

  • Job security
  • Paid job training
  • Bias-free and diverse workplace
  • No gender pay gap
  • Full medical, dental and vision benefits
  • Saving plan options
  • State paid holidays and vacation time

We offer retirement, health and dental insurance, paid vacation and sick leave. We also may be able to create a flexible schedule that works for you.


Career Development

We provide on-the-job training and professional development. We want to help you start to build your career.


In order to apply, follow these three simple steps:

1. Create a CalCareer Account (Electronic applications are preferred, hard copies are also accepted)

2. Take an Exam

3. Apply!


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.


It's all in a day’s work for DIR employees…

Whether we are adjudicating a wage claim for an employee who was dismissed and not paid final wages, inspecting a workplace for unsafe chemical exposure, advising employers on ergonomics, tracing the history of an industrial accident, establishing an apprenticeship program for child care workers, or advising an injured worker on how to apply for workers' compensation. DIR employees include safety engineers, industrial hygienists, deputy labor commissioners, workers' compensation judges, apprenticeship consultants, research program specialists, information technicians, educators, analysts, attorneys, communications staff, and office support staff.

Who We Are

Government Agency: The California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) protects and improves the health, safety, and economic well-being of over 18 million wage earners and helps their employers comply with state labor laws…

Issue Areas Include

  • Human Rights & Civil Liberties
  • Job & Workplace
  • Legal Assistance
  • Policy

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