Marcia Hultman

Cabinet Secretary

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Staff Directory

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

Workers

To file a claim visit raclaims.sd.gov or call 605-626-3179.

Employers

Email questions to DLRRADivision@state.sd.us for a timely and direct response.

  Description Contact Phone Number Fax Number Email
Secretariat
Department Secretary
Deputy Secretary
Provide administration and leadership direction to all areas of the Department of Labor and Regulation. Marcia Hultman
Dawn Dovre
605.773.5395 605.773.6184  
Divisions
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 email
Employment Services Provides IT support, SDWORKS jobs database and performance reporting; delivers veterans, SCSEP, WOTC, TANF and SNAP employment programs; oversees foreign labor certification. Andrew Szilvasi 605.773.3101 605.773.6184 email
Field Operations Provides employment-related services in communities across the state through job service offices. Bill McEntaffer 605.773.3101 605.773.6184 email
Insurance and Securities Insurance - Regulates and licenses the insurance industry in South Dakota to serve and protect consumers, companies and producers. 
Larry Deiter 605.773.3563 605.773.5369 email
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 email
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 email
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.
Workforce Planning, 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 email
Workforce Training 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.

Kendra Ringstmeyer 605.773.5017 605.773.4211 email
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.
Brookings Scott Kwasniewski 605.688.4350 605.688.6761
Huron Robin Wallum 605.353.7155 605.353.7305
Lake Andes Lacey Johnson 605.487.7607 605.487.7429
Madison Jim Baltzer 605.256.5300 605.256.5306
Mitchell Devon Bartscher 605.995.8060 605.995.8070
North Sioux City Kristal McKee 605.242.5445 605.242.5448
Pierre Bobbie Country 605.773.3372 605.773.6680
Rapid City Penny Kutz 605.394.2296 605.394.1824
Sioux Falls Sara Garbe 605.367.5300 605.367.5308
Sisseton Lisa Johnson 605.698.3964 605.698.3449
Spearfish Jonathan Englund 605.642.6900 605.642.6907
Vermillion Kristal McKee 605.677.6900 605.677.6909
Watertown Lisa Johnson 605.882.5131 605.882.5152
Winner Bobbie Country 605.842.0474 605.842.0165
Yankton Lacey Johnson 605.668.2900 605.668.2916
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 email
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 email
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 email
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 email
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. Kate Boyd 605.773.6193 605.773.7175 email
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. Kate Boyd 605.773.6193 605.773.7175 email
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 email
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 email
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 email
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 email
Other Boards, Commissions and Programs
Department of Labor Employee Retirement Board (ERB) Effective July 1, 2020, the Department of Labor Employment Retirment Plan (ERP) has merged with the South Dakota Retirement System (SDRS) and SDRS assumed all administration of the ERP.

 

Contact:
South Dakota Retirement System
P.O. Box 1098
222 E. Capitol Ave., Suite 8
Pierre, SD 57501
1.888.605.7377
sdrs.sd.gov
Human Rights Commission Investigates formal complaints filed by people who believe they have been discriminated against. Ray Falk 605.773.3681 605.773.4211 email
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. Sherry Bren 605.773.4608 605.773.5405 email
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 email
Workers' Compensation Advisory Council (WCAC) Reviews the workers' compensation program's content, adequacy and effectiveness.  Amber Mulder 605.773.3681 605.773.4211 email
Workforce Development Council Oversees the implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act (WIOA) in South Dakota. Mackenzie Decker 605.773.3087   email
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 email
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 email
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 email
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 email
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. Scott Geffre 605.626.2312 605.626.3347 email
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
Tel. 605.773.3101
Fax. 605.773.6184
email