Wage And Hour Investigator I

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Annual Salary Range:
$29,676.00 – $41,520.00
Twice-a-Month Salary Range:
$1,236.50 – $1,730.00
Class Number: 
0888
Pay Grade: 
A18
Definition

This is entry-level professional and technical work in the enforcement of the state's wage and hour statutes and regulations within a designated area of the state for the Department of Labor & Industrial Relations.

An employee in this class conducts compliance inspections and complaint investigations to enforce the state’s wage and hour laws and regulations governing prevailing wage, child labor, minimum wage and related areas administered by the Division of Labor Standards. Work involves examining payroll records, interviewing witnesses, calculating penalty amounts, notifying affected parties of corrective actions required, and testifying in administrative and legal proceedings regarding violations of wage and hour statutes. Work also involves contacting public and private entities to advise them of the requirements and provisions of wage and hour statutes, answer questions and encourage their participation in wage rate surveys. Initial orientation and training is provided by Wage and Hour Investigator III’s and other experienced members of the staff. Upon completion of training, the employee independently conducts routine investigations under the general supervision of a Wage and Hour Investigator III.

This description may not include all of the duties, knowledge, skills, or abilities associated with this classification.
Examples of Work

Inspects business establishments and construction sites to ensure compliance with the state’s wage and hour laws and regulations governing prevailing wage, child labor, minimum wage and related areas.

Investigates complaints and suspected violations of wage and hour laws and regulations; extensively examines time sheets, payroll and related records; ascertains through witness statements, interviews and/or personal observation whether employees are inappropriately employed or compensated; calculates appropriate wages/benefits and/or penalty amounts; notifies the affected parties of violations found and corrective action required to attain compliance.

Contacts public and private entities to advise them of the requirements and provisions of wage and hour statutes, answer questions and encourage their participation in wage rate surveys.

Inspects records of school officials authorized to issue child labor work certificates to ensure that proper documentation is maintained.

Coordinates complaint investigations and related enforcement efforts with other state and federal agencies.

Testifies as required in administrative and legal proceedings involving violations of wage and hour statutes and objections to prevailing wage determinations.

Prepares and submits contact, travel, mileage and phone logs, expense accounts and investigation reports.

Plans and schedules work activities for the timely and efficient completion of assigned investigations.

Performs other related work as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs)

Working knowledge of the Missouri Prevailing Wage, Minimum Wage and Child Labor statutes, and related federal statutes.

Working knowledge of the operations and practices of building contractors and subcontractors.

Working knowledge of the tools and techniques of various construction crafts.

Working knowledge of investigative and interviewing methods and techniques.

Working knowledge of payroll preparation and reports.

Ability to interpret, explain and enforce prevailing wage and child labor statutes and regulations.

Ability to communicate effectively and to prepare well-organized, accurate and detailed investigative reports.

Ability to travel extensively in the performance of assigned duties.

Ability to independently establish and complete daily work schedules.

Ability to adapt to and work in an environment that may include noise, inclement weather, heights, moving machinery and other factors encountered at construction sites.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees, state and federal agencies, contractors, public officials, attorneys, labor unions, construction workers and the general public.

Ability to prepare and present evidence in administrative and legal proceedings.

Experience and Education

(The following requirements will determine merit system eligibility, experience and education ratings, and may be used to evaluate applicants for Missouri Uniform Classification and Pay System positions not requiring selection from merit registers.  When practical and possible, the Division of Personnel will accept substitution of experience and education on a year-for-year basis.)

Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with specialization in business administration, criminal justice, construction management or closely related areas.

OR

Four years of experience in one or more of the areas described below; and possession of a high school diploma or proof of high school equivalency.

Special Qualifying Experience

Professional or technical experience in accounting, auditing, bookkeeping, or a closely related area.

Professional or technical experience in civil or criminal investigations, law enforcement or a closely related area.

Experience in the supervision or inspection of building construction projects, or journey-level work in one or more of the construction trades.

(Revised 3/1/99)
(Minor Revision 6/1/14)