The Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) administers and enforces laws governing wages, hours and breaks, overtime, retaliation, workplace safety and health, apprenticeship training programs and other benefits for injured workers. Our industry and union heavily rely on the DIR for tasks such as publishing our wages, processing trainees, electrical certification exams, and enforcement actions.
Over the past few months, I have had the opportunity to sit with DIR leadership and discuss department efficiencies, and have come to learn that one of their biggest obstacles is manpower. Currently the DIR has a 40-percent staffing deficit. While we understand the state’s hiring process can be long and arduous, my ask of you is that if you know of any individuals seeking work who have a background in inspection, OSHA, administrative support, IT or human resources, please visit the DIR website at www.dir.ca.gov When they are fully staffed, we become more successful.