L&I Farm Contractor Investigator, Industrial Relations Agent 2, Bilingual

  • Washington State Department of Labor & Industries
  • Tumwater, WA, USA
  • Jun 22, 2018
Full time Public Health Service Safety

Job Description

In addition to the base salary, the selected incumbent will receive 5% assignment pay for bilingual duties.

Are you fluent in English and Spanish, a quick learner, assertive, fair, and ready for a new challenge?  If so, Then this could be the position for you!  The Department of Labor & Industries is seeking a Farm Contractor Investigator, Industrial Relations Agent (IRA).
Our Mission is to keep Washington safe and working.  As a bilingual IRA, you will have a direct impact in fulfilling the Working component of the agency mission in a job that is rewarding and where you can make a difference.  Your work promotes and enforces compliance with the Farm Labor Contractor Act, Agricultural Employment Standards, Minimum Wage Act, Wage Payment Act, and other Employment Standards laws.

We are searching for an individual who will educate Washington state employers and employees on the Farm Labor Contractor Act and other state labor and employment laws.  The work varies and is challenging.  Industrial Relation Agents are very close to the action and get to see the rewards of their efforts as they interact directly with their customers.

Some of what you'll do:

  • Conduct investigations and apply, interpret and enforce state laws, including Farm Labor Contracting, Industrial Welfare, Public Work, the Minimum Wage, and Wage Payment Act.
  • Identify and analyze issues in dispute, recommend solutions, and negotiate settlement.   
  • Conduct review and audit of payroll records to determine unlawful payment of wages or noncompliance with labor laws.
  • Conduct onsite compliance reviews to ensure safe and suitable employment of interns, minors, and workers. 
  • Interpret and apply state agricultural and non-agricultural labor laws, regulations, and policies.  Prepare case files for litigation and testify in judicial proceedings. 
  • Conduct educational consultations for growers, workers, and other interested parties regarding the Farm Labor Contractor Act and other state labor and employment laws. 
  • Work closely with contracting and management officials regarding projects or programs related to State of Washington Employment Standards and Labor Laws. 

Who Should Apply
Bilingual professionals who have a  Bachelor's degree
Two years' experience in labor/employment relations and regulations, collection of revenue/taxes from Employers/businesses, investigation of complaints of misconduct, audit of employer financial records, or the interpretation and explanation of Labor and Industries rules and regulations regarding employment standards, prevailing wages, wages and hours, and child labor laws or related experience.
Additional qualifying experience will substitute for education at the rate of one year of experience for two years of education.
All employees in a bilingual position must pass the language proficiency assessment at the advanced low level or higher.

What We're Looking for:

  • Excellent communicator with bilingual skills and the ability to read write, translate and converse with fluency in Spanish and English. 
  • Experience in agriculture is highly desired
  • Experience with rules of evidence, investigations, auditing, accounting, and bookkeeping procedures.
  • Ability to learn and interpret complex laws, rules, and regulations. 
  • Ability to work with others, understand the interests of others and actively strive to achieve agreement and resolve differences.
  • Willing to work with difficult and at times, hostile customers, responding to stressful or sensitive interpersonal situations with tact and diplomacy.
  • Skilled at analyzing, researching, and investigating issues and formulate suggestions for compromise and settlement of disputes.
  • Good writing skills, able to prepare written documents; organize facts, arguments, and conclusions in clear and logical sequence in both Spanish and English.
  • Excellent computer skills (i.e. Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, Internet research).
  • Valid driver's license and ability to travel to employers' worksite, local or regional, but may include statewide travel.

NOTE: Consideration will be given to complete applications.  In addition to your application, the process requires that you include a resume and cover letter that describes how you have "what we're looking for," outlined above.



$3,700.00 - $4,857.00 Monthly