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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.
Reemployment Assistance Division (formerly Unemployment Insurance) - Contacts
To file or reopen a claim visit raclaims.sd.gov or call 605.626.3179. For questions on individual claims, call 605.626.2452
Email questions to DLRRADivision@state.sd.us for a timely and direct response.
|Description||Contact||Phone Number||Fax Number|
|Provide administration and leadership direction to all areas of the Department of Labor and Regulation.||Marcia Hultman
|Banking||Regulates and supervises state chartered and licensed financial institutions to maintain stability and public confidence in state chartered institutions and to protect public interests.||Bret Afdahl||605.773.3421||866.326.7504|
|Field Operations||Provides employment-related services in communities across the state through job service offices.||Bill McEntaffer||605.773.3101||605.773.6184|
|Insurance and Securities||Insurance - Regulates and licenses the insurance industry in South Dakota to serve and protect consumers, companies and producers.
|Securities - Sets rules and procedures to ensure investments sold in South Dakota meet standards of full disclosure, including securities products, franchises and business opportunities.||605.773.3563||605.773.5369|
|Labor and Management||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.||Amber Mulder||605.773.3681||605.773.4211|
|Policy and Public Affairs||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.||Dawn Dovre||605.773.5395||605.773.6184|
|Reemployment Assistance (formerly Unemployment Insurance)||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.||Pauline Heier||See options below.||605.626.2322||See options below.|
|Technology Development||Provides IT support, SDWORKS jobs database and performance reporting; delivers the WOTC employment program and oversees foreign labor certification.||Andrew Szilvasi||605.773.3101||605.773.6184|
|Workforce Development||Develops innovative workforce solutions that allow for the implementation of federal workforce programs and state initiatives while meeting the workforce needs of job seekers and businesses. The division provides guidance and programming for workforce training and education to young adults, adults and dislocated workers, adult basic education and veterans. The division also manages delivery of the National Emergency Grant, SCSEP, Trade Adjustment Assistance, Registered Apprenticeships, and SNAP and TANF employment programs. Other supportive programs include National Career Readiness Certificate, Family-First Initiative, Bring Your ‘A’ Game, Dakota Roots, Strategic Service Delivery, and High School Equivalency.
|Comprehensive Job Service Offices|
|Aberdeen||Help employers in the local area deal with various labor issues and helps job applicants identify opportunities and prepare for productive employment.||Ashley Glaspell||605.626.2340||605.626.2228||Click on the link at the left for each individual office to email that office.|
|Lake Andes||Lacey Johnson||605.487.7607||605.487.7429|
|Rapid City||Kara Palmer||605.394.2296||605.394.1824|
|Sioux Falls||Sara Garbe||605.367.5300||605.367.5308|
|Labor Market Information Center|
|Labor Market Information Center||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.||Melodee Lane||605.626.2314||605.626.2216|
|Licensing Boards and Commissions|
|South Dakota Abstracters' Board of Examiners||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.||Carol Tellinghuisen||605.642.1600|
|South Dakota Board of Accountancy||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.||Nicole Kasin||605.367.5770||605.367.5773|
|South Dakota Athletic Commission||Approves all mixed martial arts (MMA), boxing and kickboxing competitions prior to being promoted registers and licenses all competitors, promoters, managers and other participants.||Jennifer Stalley||605.224.1721||888.425.3032|
|South Dakota Board of Barber Examiners||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.||Bradi Stampe||605.773.6193||605.773.7175|
|South Dakota Cosmetology Commission||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.||Bradi Stampe||605.773.6193||605.773.7175|
|South Dakota Electrical Commission||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.||John J. Linn Jr. (JJ)||605.773.3573||605.773.6213|
|South Dakota Plumbing Commission||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.||Nina Ripley||605.773.3429||605.773.5405|
|South Dakota Real Estate Commission||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.||Melissa Miller||605.773.3600||605.773.4356|
|South Dakota Board of Technical Professions||Licenses and regulates the professional practice of architecture, engineering, land surveying, landscape architecture, and petroleum release services.||Kathryn Patterson||605.394.2510||605.394.2509|
|Other Boards, Commissions and Programs|
|Department of Labor Employee Retirement Board (ERB)||Effective July 1, 2020, the Department of Labor Employment Retirement Plan (ERP) has merged with the South Dakota Retirement System (SDRS) and SDRS assumed all administration of the ERP.
South Dakota Retirement System
P.O. Box 1098
222 E. Capitol Ave., Suite 8
Pierre, SD 57501
|Human Rights Commission||Investigates formal complaints filed by people who believe they have been discriminated against.||Ray Falk||605.773.3681||605.773.4211|
|South Dakota Appraiser Certification Program||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.||Scott Amundson||605.773.3803||605.773.5405|
|Reemployment Assistance Advisory Council (RAAC) (formerly Unemployment Insurance Advisory Council)||The task of this advisory group is to review the reemployment assistance program as to its content, adequacy and effectiveness and to make recommendation for improvements.||Pauline Heier||605.626.2310||605.626.2322|
|Workers' Compensation Advisory Council (WCAC)||Reviews the workers' compensation program's content, adequacy and effectiveness.||Amber Mulder||605.773.3681||605.773.4211|
|Workforce Development Council||Oversees the implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act (WIOA) in South Dakota.||Mackenzie Decker||605.773.3087|
|Reemployment Assistance Division (formerly Unemployment Insurance)|
|New Hire Reporting||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.||Julie Albano||605.626.2942||605.626.2842|
|Reemployment Assistance Benefits||Provides financial assistance for persons who have lost their job, through no fault of their own until they find other employment.||Dawn Williams||605.626.2452||605.626.3172|
|Reemployment Assistance Benefits Appeals||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.||Pauline Heier||605.626.2310||605.626.2322|
|Reemployment Assistance Overpayments||Prevents overpayment of reemployment assistance (unemployment) benefits by promoting program integrity through prevention, detection, investigation, recovery and prosecution.||Julie Albano||605.626.7649||605.626.2216|
|Reemployment Assistance Tax||Identifies and registers employers subject to reemployment assistance (unemployment insurance) tax, ensuring wage reports are filed so benefit eligibility can be established, collecting taxes due and auditing employer records for compliance.||Francesca Rossi||605.626.2312||605.626.3347|
|If you do not know which Reemployment Assistance Division number above to use, call Reemployment Assistance Customer Service at 605.626.2452.|
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South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation
123 W. Missouri Ave.
Pierre, SD 57501-0405