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North Dakota Commissioner of Labor

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North Dakota Commissioner of Labor
General information
Office Type:  Nonpartisan
Office website:  Official Link
2011-2013 FY Budget:  $1,964,636
Term limits:  None
Length of term:   Serves at the pleasure of the governor
Selection Method:  Appointed by Governor
Current Officeholder
Name:  Bonnie Storbakken
Assumed office:  May 27, 2013
Compensation:  $84,000
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The North Dakota Commissioner of Labor is an appointed executive position in the North Dakota state government. The commissioner is responsible for enforcing wage and labor laws in the state, and investigation claims of discrimination in the workplace, housing, public service, public accommodations, and credit transactions.

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.[1]

Current officeholder

The current officeholder is Bonnie Storbakken. She was appointed by Gov. Jack Dalrymple (R) on May 16, 2013 and officially assumed the position on May 27, 2013.

Storbakken succeeded Tony Weiler, who resigned in order to become executive director of the State Bar Association of North Dakota.[2]


The department of labor was established in 1965 by an act of the legislative assembly.[3]


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.


The duties of the commissioner are outlined in Chapter 34-05 of the North Dakota Century Code:

  • 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[4]


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.[3][[4]

State budget

The budget for the Office of the Labor Commissioner in Fiscal Year 2011-2013 was $1,964,636.[5]


See also: Compensation of state executive officers

In 2012, the North Dakota Commissioner of Labor was paid an estimated $84,000. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.

Historical officeholders

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Contact information

North Dakota Department of Labor
600 East Boulevard Avenue, Dept 406
Bismarck, ND 58505-0340

Phone: 701-328-2660
Toll free: 1-800-582-8032
TTY: 1-800-366-6888 or 1-800-366-6889
Fax: 701-328-2031


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