North Dakota Commissioner of Labor
|North Dakota Commissioner of Labor|
|Office website:||Official Link|
|2011-2013 FY Budget:||$1,964,636|
|Length of term:||Serves at the pleasure of the governor|
|Selection Method:||Appointed by Governor|
|Assumed office:||September 5, 2014|
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During the 2013 session, the North Dakota State Legislature changed the name of the Department to the North Dakota Department of Labor and Human Rights. The change becomes effective August 1, 2013.
The current officeholder is Troy Seibel. He was appointed by Gov. Jack Dalrymple (R) on September 5, 2014. The previous officeholder, Bonnie Storbakken, became general counsel in the governor's office.
There are no specific qualifications for this office.
When the position was first created, the labor commissioner was elected on the no-party ballot to a term of four years. Beginning January 1, 1999, the commissioner is appointed by and serves as the pleasure of the governor.
In the event of a vacancy in the office of director, the governor may appoint a new commissioner.
- improve working and living conditions of employees
- advance opportunities for profitable employment
- foster, promote, and develop the welfare of both wage earners and industries
- cooperate with other state agencies to expand existing industries and develop new industries
- provide information about labor, employee/employer relations, hours of labor, and working conditions
- report biennially to the governor and legislative assembly
There are two divisions within the department of labor:
- The Wage and Hour Division is responsible for monitoring labor standards. The staff enforces laws pertaining to minimum wage, overtime, breaks, and youth employment, and also attempts to resolve wage disputes. The department of labot has the authority to collect unpaid waters from employers on behalf of workers.
- The Human Rights Division enforces the North Dakota Human Rights Act and the North Dakota Housing Discrimination Act. The staff investigates complaints of discrimination in the workplace, housing, public service, public accommodations, and credit transactions.[
The budget for the Office of the Labor Commissioner in Fiscal Year 2011-2013 was $1,964,636.
- See also: Compensation of state executive officers
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North Dakota Department of Labor
600 East Boulevard Avenue, Dept 406
Bismarck, ND 58505-0340
Toll free: 1-800-582-8032
TTY: 1-800-366-6888 or 1-800-366-6889
- Bismarck Tribune, "Governor names Bismarck lawyer labor commissioner," May 16, 2013
- The Bismarck Tribune, "Troy Seibel named to head N.D. Labor Department," September 5, 2014
- North Dakota Legislation, "Article 46-01: General administration," accessed July 13, 2011
- North Dakota Secretary of State Archived Election Results, "Primary Election Results - 1964," accessed March 18, 2014
- North Dakota Century Code, Chapter 34-05: Department of labor," accessed July 13, 2011
- State of North Dakota, "Legislative Appropriations 2011-2013 Biennium," accessed April 15, 2013
- Council of State Governments, "SELECTED STATE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICIALS: ANNUAL SALARIES," January 27, 2014