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The mission of the Department of Labor and Regulation is to promote economic opportunity and financial security for individuals and businesses through quality, responsive and expert services; fair and equitable employment solutions; and safe and sound business practices. View detailed descriptions of the various divisions and programs, along with the appropriate contact information.
|Contact||Phone Number||Fax Number||Description|
|605.773.5395||605.773.6184||Provide administration and leadership direction to all areas of the Department of Labor and Regulation.|
|Banking||Bret Afdahl||605.773.3421||866.326.7504||Regulates and supervises state chartered and licensed financial institutions to maintain stability and public confidence in state chartered institutions and to protect public interests.|
|Employment Services||Andrew Szilvasi||605.773.3101||605.773.6184||Provides IT support, SDWORKS jobs database and performance reporting; delivers veterans, SCSEP, WOTC, TANF and SNAP employment programs; oversees foreign labor certification.
|Field Operations||Bill McEntaffer||605.773.3101||605.773.6184||Provides employment-related services in communities across the state through job service offices.|
|Insurance and Securities||Larry Deiter||605.773.3563||605.773.5369||Insurance - Regulates and licenses the insurance industry in South Dakota to serve and protect consumers, companies and producers.|
|605.773.4823||605.773.5953||Securities - Sets rules and procedures to ensure investments sold in South Dakota meet standards of full disclosure, including securities products, franchises and business opportunities.|
|Labor and Management||Tom Hart||605.773.3681||605.773.4211||Administers the state's labor laws. Staff in the division help settle problems between employers and workers; enforce wage and hour and youth employment laws; administer the Human Rights Division in South Dakota; answer questions about state and federal employment laws; and administer the state's workers' compensation system.|
|Unemployment Insurance||Pauline Heier||See options below.||605.626.2322||Provides economic support to workers and protects the interests of workers and businesses by determining UI eligibility and liability, collecting taxes, making payments and ensuring compliance all through exceptional service.|
|Workforce Planning, Policy and Public Affairs||Dawn Dovre||605.773.5395||605.773.6184||Supports the entire Department though a variety of functions, including workforce development, communications, media relations, constituent services, legislative activity and organizational development. Its Labor Market Information Center collects, analyzes and provides public information on the labor market of the state.|
|Workforce Training||Kendra Ringstmeyer||605.773.5017||605.773.4211||Provides workforce training and education to young adults, adults and dislocated workers, adult basic education and high school equivalency, the National Career Readiness Certificate and apprenticeships. Oversees other federal grants including Trade Adjustment Assistance, Disability Employment Initiative and National Emergency Grant.|
|Comprehensive Job Service Offices|
|Aberdeen||Dan Thielsen||605.626.2340||605.626.2228||Help employers in the local area deal with various labor issues and helps job applicants identify opportunities and prepare for productive employment.|
|Lake Andes||Lacey Johnson||605.487.7607||605.487.7429|
|North Sioux City||Dan Hart||605.242.5445||605.242.5448|
|Rapid City||Penny Kutz||605.394.2296||605.394.1824|
|Sioux Falls||Greg Johnson||605.367.5300||605.367.5308|
|Labor Market Information Center|
|Labor Market Information Center||Bernie Moran||605.626.2314||605.626.2216||This includes information such as employment levels, unemployment rates, wage and earnings data, estimates of available labor, employment projections, business staffing patterns, career planning information, etc. Among those who use our information are employers, career decision makers, and education, economic development, job placement and training program planners.|
|Licensing Boards and Commissions|
|South Dakota Abstracters' Board of Examiners||Viki Wilds||605.558.1030||Issues abstracter's licenses to qualified applicants, examines and licenses new title plants and those changing ownership to maintain quality and compliance, monitors and ensures the quality of service provided by licensees, and promotes continuing education for licensees.
|South Dakota Board of Accountancy||Nicole Kasin||605.367.5770||605.367.5773||Protects the citizens of South Dakota from receiving inadequate accounting services by licensing qualified accountant applicants; monitoring annual reporting requirements and continuing professional education; and enforcing statutes and rules promulgated by the Board to regulate the practice of public accountancy.|
|South Dakota Athletic Commission||Jennifer Stalley||605.224.1721||888.425.3032||Approves all mixed martial arts (MMA), boxing and kickboxing competitions prior to being promoted registers and licenses all competitors, promoters, managers and other participants.
|South Dakota Board of Barber Examiners||Carol Tellinghuisen||605.642.1600||605.722.1006||Protects the public consumers of barbershop facilities from unsafe and unsanitary conditions by regulating the licensing of barbers, enforcing sanitary operating procedures, and updating governing statutes, rules and regulations.
|South Dakota Cosmetology Commission||Kathryn "Kate" Boyd||605.773.6193||605.773.7175||Maintains an office for the administration of records, inspect salons, booths, cosmetology schools, nail technicians, estheticians and cosmetologists, conducting examinations for licensee applicants, investigating violations and enforcing the laws and administrative rules of South Dakota associated by cosmetology.
|South Dakota Electrical Commission||John J. Linn Jr. [JJ]||605.773.3573||605.773.6213||Administers the state laws and regulations concerning electrical wiring, inspects wiring installations, investigates complaints related to electrical wiring and licenses all electricians within the state.
|South Dakota Plumbing Commission||Michael Richards||605.773.3429||605.773.5405||Administers the state laws and regulations concerning plumbing , inspects plumbing installations, investigates complaints related to plumbing, licenses all qualified plumbers within the state , ensures updating and distribution of the state plumbing code, informs plumbers, inspection departments and the public about code requirements, new products and methods of installation, provides information of the Commission's activities, recommendations and requirements.|
|South Dakota Real Estate Commission||Melissa Miller||605.773.3600||605.773.4356||Protects the interest of the public when engaged in a real estate transaction. It is the commission's responsibility to enforce standards for education, licensing and practice of real estate brokers, salespersons, auctioneers, property managers, residential rental agents, timeshare agents and home inspectors, and for registration of condominium, timeshare and subdivision projects.
|South Dakota Board of Technical Professions||Kathryn Patterson||605.394.2510||605.394.2509||Licenses and regulates the professional practice of architecture, engineering, land surveying, landscape architecture, and petroleum release services.|
|Other Boards, Commissions and Programs|
|Department of Labor Employee Retirement Board (ERB)||Derek Gustafson||605.773.3095||605.773.6184||Administers the retirement plan for certain employees (hired by the Department from August 1, 1961 to July 1, 1980) of the South Dakota Department of Labor, Job Service, Unemployment Division and Office of Administrative Services.|
|Human Rights Commission||Ray Falk||605.773.3681||605.773.4211||Investigates formal complaints filed by people who believe they have been discriminated against.|
|South Dakota Appraiser Certification Program||Sherry Bren||605.773.4608||605.773.5405||Examines candidates, issues certificates, investigates and administers disciplinary actions to persons in violation of the rules, statutes and uniform standards, and approves qualifying and continuing education courses; and registers and supervises appraisal management companies doing business in the state of South Dakota.|
|Unemployment Insurance Advisory Council (UIAC)||Pauline Heier||605.626.2310||605.626.2322||The task of this advisory group is to review the unemployment insurance program as to its content, adequacy and effectiveness and to make recommendation for improvements.|
|Workers' Compensation Advisory Council (WCAC)||James Marsh||605.773.3681||605.773.4211||Reviews the workers' compensation program's content, adequacy and effectiveness.|
|Workforce Development Council||Bill McEntaffer||605.773.5017||605.773.4211||Oversees the implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act (WIOA) in South Dakota.|
|Unemployment Insurance Division|
|New Hire Reporting||Becky Burdick||605.626.2942||605.626.2842||Collects and maintains data employers are required by federal and state law to report on their newly hired employees, including the date of hire. The New Hire program is a cooperative effort of the SD Department of Social Services, Office of Child Support Enforcement and the SD Department of Labor and Regulation.|
|Unemployment Insurance Benefits||Dawn Williams||605.626.2452||605.626.3172||Provides financial assistance for persons who have lost their job, through no fault of their owns until they find other employment.|
|Unemployment Insurance Benefits Appeals||Pauline Heier||605.626.2310||605.626.2322||South Dakota law provides an appeal process for workers or employers who disagree with a decision on a UI claim. These claims are resolved through the judicial process.|
|Unemployment Insurance Overpayments||Julie Albano||605.626.7649||605.626.2216||Prevents overpayment of unemployment benefits by promoting program integrity through prevention, detection, investigation, recovery and prosecution.|
|Unemployment Insurance Tax||Scott Geffre||605.626.2312||605.626.3347||Identifies and registers employers subject to unemployment insurance tax, ensuring wage reports are filed so benefit eligibility can be established, collecting taxes due and auditing employer records for compliance.|
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South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation
123 W. Missouri Ave.
Pierre, SD 57501-0405