Wage and Hour Specialist

Washington, D.C
Jan 08, 2021
Jan 14, 2021
Full Time


This position is located in the Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Office of Policy (OP), Division of Enforcement Policy and Procedures (DEPP), Branch of Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and Child Labor (FLSA/CL). The mission of OP is to develop national enforcement policies, regulations, interpretations and provide direction for administering and enforcing Departmental programs that promote and achieve compliance with labor standards to protect and enhance the nations workforce under selected Acts.

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Participates in the formulation. Initiation, and conduct, of major and, exploratory studies to identify problems and to develop policy and regulatory options in the assigned WHO programs. These and other coordinated efforts may ultimately result in or significantly contribute to major legislative, reguh1lory, and/or policy initiatives.

Regularly reviews program policies, regulations, and other guideline materials for currency, relevance, and sufficiency, and initiates actions to ensure the maintenance of such standards. Participates in the development of, and/or drafts new or revised program policies, regulations and other guideline materials to implement new or amended statutory provisions or to reflect policy changes. Initiates steps to facilitate the timely clearance, approval, issuance, and. distribution of those materials.

Provides feedback and interpretation, lo the field and external interested parties on program polices, regulations, and other guideline material, as well as through the Field Operations Handbook (FOH); develops interpretations and opinions for the signature of the WHD Administrator.

Develops and initiates or recommends efforts to provide a uniform and consistent approach for the resolution of statutory violations. Including those of national, inter­regional, and multi-establishment enterprises.

Interacts with the Office of the Solicitor (SOL) in obtaining advice on legal matters.

Participates in special studies on selected compliance activities and program initiatives as a basis for legislative, policy, or regulatory change.

Prepares responses to inquiries from employers, employees, unions, business associations, State and local government officials, and members of Congress concerning program enforcement guidelines and interpretations. Prepares responses to requests under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

Serves as liaison with WHD Regional and District Office officials concerning field enforcement policies and procedures relating to the conduct of investigations, including special handling of cases and litigation issues.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Travel may be required to complete the duties of this position.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential
12 - The GS-12 is the full performance level of this position.


Conditions of Employment

  • Candidate required to obtain the necessary security/investigation level.
  • Requires a probationary period if the requirement has not been met.
  • Must be at least 16 years old and a U.S. Citizen.

Applicants must meet time-in-grade (52 weeks at the GS-11), time-after-competitive-appointment (90 days) and qualifications requirements within 30 calendar days after the closing date of the vacancy to be eligible for consideration for selection.

Federal Employees Please Note: Your SF-50 must include enough information to be able to determine that time-in-grade requirements have been met and reflects your position title, pay plan/series/grade, tenure and the type of appointment (i.e. competitive/excepted). In some cases you may need to submit more than one SF-50.

Reference the "Required Documents" section for additional requirements.

Candidate required to obtain the necessary security/investigation level.


All Applicants are required to provide a resume by creating one in USAJOBS or uploading one of your choosing. Cover letters are optional. To receive full consideration for relevant and specialized experience, please list month, year, and the number of work hours worked for experience listed on your resume. We suggest that you preview the online questions, as you may need to customize your resume to ensure that it supports your responses to the vacancy questionnaire.

Applicants must demonstrate in their resume 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, GS-11 in the Federal Service.

Please reference the "Required Documents" section for additional requirements.

Applicants must meet at least two of the following three specialized criteria requirements:
  • General knowledge of Federal wage and hour labor laws, industrial occupations, wage scales, employment practices, or salary and wage administration practices.
  • Skill in analyzing written/verbal information and numerical data and making decisions on issues based on interviews, records review, reconstruction of missing or fraudulent records and applying legal or regulatory provisions, precedents, and principles to specific investigative matters.
  • Skill in personal contacts requiring the ability to explain requirements or rights and obtain information and cooperation from people with diverse backgrounds and levels of understanding, reconcile conflicting interests, and persuade others to comply voluntarily with requirements.

  • In addition to the criteria specified above, applicants must have knowledge of and ability to apply the provisions of Federal wage and hour labors pertaining to wages, hours of work, or related conditions of employment. Examples of qualifying specialized experience include:

    1 - Experience with labor laws applicable to the FLSA and child labor directly related statutes and regulations.

    2 - Experience with employment practices in the public and private sectors as they relate to the assigned WHD statutory provisions regarding the FLSA and child labor laws.

    3 - Experience in developing responsive information on the programs, functions, policies, procedures and interpretations of WHD programs.



    Additional information

    DOL seeks to attract and retain a high performing and diverse workforce in which employees' differences are respected and valued to better meet the varying needs of the diverse customers we serve. DOL fosters a diverse and inclusive work environment that promotes collaboration, flexibility and fairness so that all individuals are able to participate and contribute to their full potential. Based on the Agency's needs at the time of hiring, more than one selection may be made from this announcement.

    Refer to these links for more information: GENERAL INFORMATION , ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTATION

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    Click here for Evaluation details. For Displaced Employees ONLY: if you meet the eligibility requirements for special priority selection under CTAP , you must be well-qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. CTAP eligibles will be considered "well-qualified" if they attain at least a rating score of 85.0 in a numerical rating scheme. Be sure to review DOL Account Eligibility Questions #24 to reflect that you are applying as a CTAP eligible and submit supporting documentation.

    Evaluation Factors (Competencies) - All qualified applicants will be evaluated on the following key competencies:

    Project Management - Knowledge of the principles, methods, or tools for developing, scheduling, coordinating, and managing projects and resources, including monitoring and inspecting costs, work, and contractor performance.

    Planning and Evaluating - Organizes work, sets priorities, and determines resource requirements; determines short or long-term goals and strategies to achieve them; coordinates with other organizations or parts of the organization to accomplish goals; monitors progress and evaluates outcomes.

    Customer Service - Works with clients and customers (that is, any individuals who use or receive the services or products that your work unit produces, including the general public, individuals who work in the agency, other agencies, or organizations outside the Government) to assess their needs, provide information or assistance, resolve their problems, or satisfy their expectations; knows about available products and services; is committed to providing quality products and services.

    Interpersonal Skills - Shows understanding, friendliness, courtesy, tact, empathy, concern, and politeness to others; develops and maintains effective relationships with others; may include effectively dealing with individuals who are difficult, hostile, or distressed; relates well to people from varied backgrounds and different situations; is sensitive to cultural diversity, race, gender, disabilities, and other individual differences.

    Technical Credibility - Understands and appropriately applies principles, procedures, requirements, regulations, and policies related to specialized expertise.

    The information you provide may be verified by a review of your work experience and/or education, by checking references and through other means (ex. interview). Your evaluation may also include a review by an HR Specialist or panel and may include other assessment tools (ex. interview, structured interview, written test, work sample, etc.). The examining Office of Human Resources (OHR) makes the final determination concerning applicant ratings. Your resume MUST provide sufficient information to substantiate your vacancy question responses. If not, the OHR may amend your responses to more accurately reflect the level of competency indicated by the content of your resume.

    To preview questions please click here .

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Drug test required

    Position sensitivity and risk
    Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

    Trust determination process

    Required Documents

    The following documents must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on the vacancy closing date. Warning: If you submit a document using the same document title, the 2nd submission will OVERWRITE the 1st submission. Also, do not upload password protected documents.

    - The following documents are required from all applicants (PLEASE READ CAREFULLY):

    ARE YOU A CURRENT OR FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEE? If applying as a status candidate with current or former Federal Service, please provide a copy of your last or most recent SF-50, "Notification of Personnel Action" which shows your appointment eligibility for the position for which you are applying. Your SF-50 must identify the highest grade you held on a permanent basis, Pay Plan/Pay Schedule, Series, and Grade/Pay Band, and career status. Multiple SF-50 may be submitted to demonstrate your highest previous rate and eligibility.

    *WARNING: An award SF-50 (ex. cash or time off award) may not indicate grade, step and competitive status. For current DOL employees, an award SF-50 DOES NOT indicate grade and step.

    - Resume are required to provide a resume by creating one in USAJOBS or uploading one of your choosing. To receive full consideration for relevant and specialized experience, please list month, year, and the number of work hours worked for experience listed on your resume. We suggest that you preview the online questions, as you may need to customize your resume to ensure that it supports your responses to the vacancy questionnaire.

    - Most recent performance appraisal/evaluation signed and dated within 18 months is requested by the agency, but will not disqualify candidates if not submitted. If not submitted during the application process, one may/will be requested at the time of the interview if the opportunity is extended. Applies to current and former Federal employees.

    The following documents are required if applicable:

    - Displaced Employee Placement Documents - Only required if requesting priority consideration under CTAP Eligibility .

    - Cover Letters are not mandatory and will not be used to verify experience, but may be submitted.

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