California Director of Industrial Relations

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California Director of Industrial Relations
General information
Office Type:  Nonpartisan
Office website:  Official Link
2012-2013 FY Budget:  $423,294,000
Term limits:  None
Length of term:   Serves at the pleasure of the governor
Authority:  California Labor Code, Division 1, Chapter 1, Section 51
Selection Method:  Appointed by governor
Current Officeholder

Christine Baker.jpg
Name:  Christine Baker
Assumed office:  March 29, 2011
Compensation:  $175,000
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The California Director of Industrial Relations is a state executive position in the California state government. The director runs the Department of Industrial Relations, a subset of the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency. As head of the department, the director's responsibilities are to "improve working conditions for California's wage earners and to advance opportunities for profitable employment in California."[1]

Current officeholder

The current California Director of Industrial Relations is Christine Baker. Baker is formally the department's chief deputy director, but has exercised the powers of the director since March 29, 2011, following the resignation of her predecessor, John Duncan. First serving as acting director, Gov. Jerry Brown (D) appointed her to officially take over the position in December of 2011 and she was confirmed by the state Senate in May 2012.[2][3]

Before her appointment, Baker was head of the California Commission on Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation, a division of the Department of Industrial Relations.


The office of secretary of industrial relations is established by California statute.[4]

California Labor Code, Section 51

The department shall be conducted under the control of an executive officer known as Director of Industrial Relations. The Director of Industrial Relations shall be appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Senate and hold office at the pleasure of the Governor and shall receive an annual salary provided for by Chapter 6 (commencing with Section 11550) of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code.


The director, like all civil executive officers, must be at least 18 years old and a citizen (resident) of the state. In addition, he or she must not be a convicted felon or an employee of a foreign state.[5]


California state government organizational chart

The director is appointed by the governor with the consent of the state Senate.[4] He or she serves at the governor's pleasure.

California Labor Code, Section 51

The Director of Industrial Relations shall be appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Senate and hold office at the pleasure of the Governor...

Term limits

There are no term limits associated with the office of director of industrial relations.


When a vacancy exists, the governor appoints a new officeholder; if the appointment is made when the legislature is out of session, the appointee serves at the pleasure of the governor until the Senate reconvenes.[6]

California Government Code, Section 1774a

(a) When an office, the appointment to which is vested in the Governor and Senate, either becomes vacant or the term of the incumbent thereof expires, the Governor may appoint a person to the office or reappoint the incumbent after the expiration of the term. Until Senate confirmation of the person appointed or reappointed, that person serves at the pleasure of the Governor. If the term of office of an incumbent subject to this section expires, the Governor shall have 60 days after the expiration date to reappoint the incumbent. If the incumbent is not reappointed within the 60-day period, the office shall be deemed to be vacant as of the first day following the end of the 60-day period.


The director oversees the California Department of Industrial Relations, which enforces the state's Labor Code and workers' compensation laws, operates apprenticeship programs, establishes workplace health and safety regulations and mediates disputes between employers and labor unions. He or she also oversees the investigation of workplace discrimination and public works complaints. Besides its regulatory roles, the Department of Industrial Relations provides a number of educational resources for California job-hunters and publishes various statistics and research on the state's labor market.


Click here to view larger-scale image of the CA DIR organizational chart as of September 2013.

The Department of Industrial Relations contains a number of individual boards, commissions and programs, including:

  • Commission on Health & Safety & Workers' Compensation
  • Economic & Employment Enforcement Coalition
  • Industrial Welfare Commission
  • Labor Compliance Programs
  • Occupational Safety & Health Appeals Board
  • Occupational Safety & Health Standards Board
  • Self-Insurance Plans
  • Uninsured Employers Benefits Trust Fund
  • Worker's Compensation Appeals Board
  • Worker's Occupational Safety & Health Training & Education Program
  • Young Workers

State budget

See also: California state budget and finances

The budget for the State Department of Industrial Relations in the 2012-2013 Fiscal Year was $423,294,000.[7]


The director's salary, like that of all other non-elected executive department heads, is determined by Section 11550 of California's Government Code and is subject to annual increases.[8]


In 2014, the director received a salary of $175,000, according to the Council of State Governments.[9]


In 2013, the director received a salary of $175,000, according to the Council of State Governments.[10]


In 2010, the director received a salary of $139,189, according to the Council of State Governments.[11]

Historical officeholders

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Contact info

Physical address:
455 Golden Gate Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone: (415) 703-5070

See also

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