Labor Commission Outcomes

Labor Commission

Commission Leadership:

Sherrie Hayashi, Labor Commissioner
Alan Hennebold, Deputy Commissioner/General Counsel

Mission Statement:

To lead in achieving safety in Utah's workplaces and fairness in employment and housing.

Performance Reports

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  • Overview
  • Administrative Hearings and Decisions
  • Workplace Safety
  • Worker's Compensation Coverage & Mediation
  • Timely Inspection of Boilers and Elevators
  • Wage Claims
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More Department Performance:

Emerging Issues and Strategies for Labor Commission
External Link Learn more at the Labor Commission's website

Overview

Work is of central importance to Utahns. We are an industrious people, and we want to provide a high quality of life for our families. We know that a healthy employment climate keeps good jobs in Utah, attracts new jobs, and promotes a stronger economy. But we also believe work should be safe and fair.

The Labor Commission has the primary role in maintaining a proper balance between the needs of Utah employees and the interests of Utah employers. To accomplish this work, the Commission is divided into six divisions:

  • Adjudication: Hears and decides disputes arising from UALD, UOSH and the workers compensation system.
  • Utah Occupational Safety & Health Division (UOSH): Enforces occupational safety and health laws; provides education and assistance to employers.
  • Industrial Accidents: Oversees Utah's workers' compensation system.
  • Division of Boiler, Elevator and Coal Mine Safety: Inspects boilers, pressure vessels and elevators for safe design, construction and operation and provide for effective coal mine accident response.
  • Utah Antidiscrimination & Labor Division (UALD): Administers employment, housing discrimination, and wage laws.
  • Administration: Establishes Commission policy, provides support to Commission staff, and decides appeals of ALJs' decisions.

Administrative Hearings and Decisions

Employers and employees look to the Labor Commission's Adjudication Division to resolve disputes involving workers' compensation, employment discrimination and occupational safety. The parties to these proceedings are entitled to receive a fair hearing and a prompt, correct decision.


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Data Source: Labor Commission

Why this is important:

As the number of Utah employers and employees increases, the number of employment-related disputes presented to the Labor Commission also increases. It is important that these disputes be heard and decided with a minimum of delay.

What we're doing about it:

Commision staff are aggressively working on the backlog with increased decisions and dispositive orders issued.

Utah Occupational Safety and Health

Utah employers and employees play a vital role in achieving safe and healthful workplaces. Most workplace injuries and illnesses can be prevented. Employers and employees benefit from higher productivity, higher morale, lower insurance costs and other benefits of improved workplace safety.

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Data Source: Labor Commission

Why this is important:

Workplace injuries and illnesses can have devastating consequences to Utah workers, their families, and their employers. Every accident or illness that is prevented improves Utah 's quality of life and its economic performance.

What we're doing about it:

UOSH is reaching out to employers and employees to establish partnerships for workplace safety. UOSH is also focusing its compliance efforts on industries and employers with unusually high accident rates.

Industrial Accidents Division

The Industrial Accidents Division strives to ensure that employers obtain and maintain the workers' compensation insurance required by law, while also resolving disputed workers' compensation claims on a voluntary basis without the cost and expense of litigation.


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Data Source: Labor Commission

Why this is important:

Employers who ignore their duty to provide workers' compensation insurance coverage enjoy an unfair competitive advantage over their competitors who do provide insurance coverage. To maintain a level playing field, all employers should play by the same rules.

Additionally, workers' compensation benefits are intended to commence immediately after a worker is injured so that the injured worker to receive needed medical care and also provide the necessities of life for his or her family.

What we're doing about it:

Compliance: The Division cooperates with other government agencies and uses various sources of information to identify employers who have failed to obtain workers' compensation insurance. The Division then uses statutory tools to insure these employers obtain the required coverage.

The Industrial Accidents Division uses mediation to quickly resolve workers' compensation disputes. In many cases, the parties are able to resolve their disagreements without the delay and expense of litigation.

Boiler, Elevator and Coal Mine Safety

Every day, we use elevators, escalators, boilers and pressure vessels. These devices are essential to modern life but can cause catastrophe if improperly designed, installed or maintained.


Data Source: Labor Commission

Why this is important:

By insuring that boilers, pressure vessels and elevators meet national codes for design, and monitoring for proper installation and maintenance, the Boiler and Elevator and Coal Mine Safety Division minimizes the risk of serious injury, not just to employees, but also to members of the public. The Division also has the responsibility for the miner certification program along with the Office of Coal Mine Safety. Both programs are designed and targeted to maximize safety as it pertains to Utah's coal mines.

What we're doing about it:

The Safety Division adopts and enforces nationally accepted engineering codes to guard against defective boilers, pressure vessels, elevators or escalators. The Division has implemented web-based inspection reporting that allows inspectors to spend more time on actual inspections and less time on paperwork.

Antidiscrimination and Labor Division

The Utah Antidiscrimination and Labor Division enforces equal employment and housing opportunity laws, as well as Utah's laws regarding payment of wages and employment of minors.


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Data Source: Labor Commission

Why this is important:

Basis principles of fairness are reflected in Utah's laws prohibiting discrimination and requiring full payment of wages due. Workers are entitled to an equal opportunity to use their skills in the workplace, free from invidious discrimination. They are also entitled to receive the agreed-upon wages for their work.

What we're doing about it:

The Division investigates complaints and, where appropriate, applies statutory enforcement tools to where appropriate. The Division uses education, public outreach and training to prevent discrimination and wage-payment problems from occurring in the first place.