The N.C. Department of Labor
is charged with promoting the "health, safety and general
well-being" of more than 4 million workers in the state.
The department serves the needs of the workplace through
of programs aimed at making the employees of North Carolina
A commissioner of labor is elected every four years as
head of the department and also serves on the Council of
State. Labor Commissioner Cherie
Berry is now in her third term. The commissioner has
broad regulatory and enforcement powers to carry out the
department's duties and responsibilities.
The department is divided into three divisions: Administration,
Occupational Safety and Health, and Standards and Inspections.
- The Communications Division provides information to
media outlets and the general public
- The Individual Development Accounts (IDA) Program seeks
to provide assistance to low-income individuals toward
attaining self-sufficiency. The program is designed to
help low-wealth individuals build assets for the start-up
of new businesses, post-secondary educational investments
or the purchase of a home.
- The Legal Affairs Division handles rulemaking activity
and provides legal support to the department.
- The N.C. Department of Labor Library provides more
than 12,000 volumes,120 periodical titles and about 1,300 audiovisual
items on various topics regulated by the department to
the public free of charge.
- The Research and Policy Division collects information
and data related to department functions, including the
Census for Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) and nonfatal
injury and illness rates.
Occupational Safety and Health Division
Standards and Inspections Division
|Apprenticeship and Training Bureau
- Promotes and monitors a range of apprentice programs
that meet the demands of industries for high-skilled workers
by administering the National Apprenticeship Act of 1937.
- Encourages high school student apprentices and high school
graduates to pursue apprentice training as a means to acquire
steady and fulfilling employment.
|Boiler Safety Bureau
- Enforces the 1976 Uniform Boiler and Pressure Vessel
Act of North Carolina.
- Regulates the construction, installation, repair, alteration,
inspection, use and operation of more than 90,000 vessels
on record that are subject to the law.
|Elevator and Amusement Device
- Oversees the safe installation and operation of all elevators,
escalators, workman's hoists, dumbwaiters, moving walks,
aerial passenger tramways, amusement rides, inclined railways
and lifting devices for people with disabilities that operate
in public establishments (except federal buildings) and
private places of employment.
- Anyone who plans to erect any equipment under this bureau's
jurisdiction must submit plans and applications for prior
|Employment Discrimination Bureau
- Enforces the Retaliatory Employment Discrimination Act
(REDA) of 1992, which protects employees who in good faith
file an inquiry into workers' compensation claims or exercise
their rights under the Occupational Safety and Health Act,
the Mine Safety and Health Act, or the Wage and Hour Act.
- REDA also protects those employees who are sickle cell
anemia/hemoglobin C carriers. Employees involved in National
Guard service, the juvenile justice system, domestic violence
or genetic testing are protected from discrimination.
|Mine and Quarry Bureau
- Enforces the 1975 Mine Safety and Health Act of North
- Conducts inspections and provides training and assistance
for those operating mines and quarries in the state.
- More than 440 private sector mines, quarries, and sand
and gravel pit operations employ more than 4,650 citizens
in the state fall under the bureau's jurisdiction.
|Wage and Hour Bureau
- Administers the N.C. Wage and Hour Act of 1979, which
sets laws covering minimum wage, maximum hours, wage payment
and child labor.
- Enforces the Private Personnel Service Act, which requires
all employment services charging fees to applicants to
register with the department.
- Enforces the Controlled Substance Examination Regulation
Act, which sets minimum procedures to be followed by employers
who choose to test employees and applicants for drugs.