The Counsel's Office provides legal advice and counsel to the Commissioner of Labor and to programs within the Department. Attorneys in Counsel's Office represent the Commissioner in administrative hearings relating to underpayments of wages and overtime, safety and health violations, license suspension or revocation, and other matters. The Counsel's Office is also responsible for promulgating regulations on behalf of the Department. It coordinates the Department's legislative program, developing Departmental legislation and working with the Governor's Office and the Legislature on bills that will impact the Department and working men and women in the State.
The Administrative Adjudications Unit schedules hearings and provides hearing officers, court reporters and translators for the administrative proceedings initiated by the Department’s Counsel’s Office. During these hearings, which can involve the underpayment of wages and supplements, asbestos law violations and other matters, hearing officers act in a quasi-judicial capacity, ruling on procedural matters and establishing an evidentiary record. Upon the conclusion of a hearing, a hearing officer submits a report and recommendation to the Commissioner of Labor. The Commissioner then provides all parties with a final Order.
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