Labor Law Senior Policy Advisor

State of Colorado
September 23, 2022
Denver, CO
Job Type


THESE POSITIONS ARE OPEN TO CURRENT RESIDENTS OF COLORADO ONLY THIS ANNOUNCEMENT HAS BEEN EXTENDED UNTIL 5:00 PM ON MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2022 These positions will have hybrid workplace options available but will be required to report to the listed address at the discretion of the supervisor and based on business need. The Department of Labor and Employment keeps Colorado strong and competitive. We connect workers with great jobs and assist those who have been injured on the job. We help people who are unemployed through no fault of their own by providing temporary wage replacement and we ensure fair labor practices. We provide an up-to-date and accurate picture of the economy that helps in decision making. And we protect the workplace – and Colorado communities – with a variety of consumer protection and safety programs.This is a values-driven organization, committed to accountability, agility, collaboration, and respect.We believe in outstanding customer service, an inclusive culture, continued process improvement and in our role as a trusted and strategic partner. Recognizing that knowledgeable employees drive our success, we are seeking dedicated individuals who exhibit our shared values and our passion for quality and excellence in all we do. In addition to rewarding and meaningful work, we offer excellent benefits: Strong, secure, yet flexible retirement benefits including a PERA Defined Benefit Plan or PERA Defined Contribution Plan plus 401(k) and 457 plans Medical and dental health plansEmployer supplemented Health Savings AccountPaid life insuranceShort- and long-term disability coverage11 paid holidays per year plus vacation and sick leaveBenefitHub state employee discount programMotivateMe employee wellness programExcellent work-life programs, such as flexible schedules, training and moreAccess to participate in employer-supported employee affinity spacesRTD Eco-Pass Commuter ProgramOur agency website: Colorado Department of Labor and EmploymentCDLE has implemented a pilot program on March 1st, 2022 which will award Disability Hiring Preference Points similar to the Veterans’ Preference Points program. During your application process you will be asked if you would like to be considered for either of these programs for additional points in the hiring process. To learn more about Disability Hiring Preference and what will be required to participate, please visit our website: NOTE: With the beginning of this program, CDLE will no longer accept attachments of any kind with applications. Please be as thorough as possible in documenting your education and work history in the application system. Attachments will not be accepted or considered during any phase of the hiring process including minimum qualification screening, comparative analysis, or interviews.

This posting currently represents two vacancies.The salary range for this posting is: $6,928.00 - $8,313.00 Monthly Position 1: This position operates as a Senior Policy Advisor (Policy Advisor V) for the Colorado Overtime and Minimum Pay Standards (COMPS) Order, which involves evaluating the relevance and importance of legal and organizational theories, concepts, and principles in order to tailor input and guidance to fit specific circumstances. This position has a unique level of expertise in legal analysis, research, and communication, with specific expertise on the Fair Labor Standards Act. Such legal analysis, research, and communication are essential components of the Division’s work, and critical to the Division’s mission.Position 2: This position operates as a Senior Policy Advisor (Policy Advisor V) with expertise in dispute resolution and arbitration, which involves evaluating the relevance and importance of legal and organizational theories, concepts, and principles in order to tailor input and guidance to fit specific circumstances. This position has a unique level of expertise in legal analysis, research, and communication, with specific expertise on arbitration / dispute resolution law (e.g., the Federal Arbitration Act), related state statutes, federal and state case law, and the Fair Labor Standards Act. Such legal analysis, research, and communication are essential components of the Division’s work, and critical to the Division’s mission. Both positions examine the interplay between federal wage and hour laws, state wage and hour laws, state employee-protection laws, and Division objectives, and then based on that examination, implement policy and program direction for the Division. These positions direct courses of action to the Labor Standards Managers, the LS Director, the Division Director, Department, and other agencies, and incorporate results into staff publications, rulemaking, training, and Division policies. These positions create and share information with staff through investigative and interpretative guidance, as well as training written by the positions based on their research and expertise. These positions create and recommend processes for intake, related investigations, and determinations. These positions initiate, draft, and implement documents necessary to standardize staff interpretation and application of the law in investigatory and related contexts. These positions originate models, processes, concepts, and theories pertaining to laws related to the COMPS Order, and other specialized fields of labor law, that may have little or no precedent in Colorado or in other jurisdictions, as well as awarding attorneys’ fees, back pay, and front pay, as authorized by recently-enacted Division-enforced statutes. The positions draw on expertise and research to propose legal strategy and courses of action to the LS Managers, LS Director, and/or Division Director on unprecedented issues including Constitutional questions in extraterritorial application of Colorado laws without analog in any state or federal law. These positions may receive and respond to stakeholder inquiries regarding complex or novel issues in rule application; meet with stakeholders regarding these inquiries; analyze the issue in the context of the Rules, and Division objectives; determine or recommends to the LS Managers the substantive policy-setting response to the inquiries; and develop policies and internal or published guidance for broader applicability of the substantive policy.

Substitutions: Additional appropriate experience will substitute for the degree requirement on a year-for-year basis. Additional appropriate education will substitute for the required experience on a year-for-year basis.Education and Experience: Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution, including coursework (at the Bachelor’s level or higher) in civil procedure, administrative law, or labor or employment law (e.g., in the standard Juris Doctor curriculum that includes such coursework, or in another program with similar coursework).AND Four (4) years of professional legal work experience that requires judgment and discretion (e.g., as a lawyer but not as a paralegal) that includes one (or more) of the following fields, and can be work as a generalist (e.g., a judicial clerkship, fellowship, or law practice) in which one of the fields was part of the work: (A) Federal and Colorado wage laws, (B) anti-retaliation or whistleblower law, and/or (C) litigation or other similar forms of dispute resolution (e.g. arbitration or complex administrative claims or investigations) in employment or labor law.Preferred Qualifications/Skills/Experience: Juris Doctor degree from an accredited law schoolFive years of professional legal work experience that include work that was in-depth, and that required exercising independent judgment and discretion (but that need not span all five years), in the following: Federal and Colorado wage laws; anti-retaliation law, including whistleblower law; and administrative law.Required Competencies: Attention to detailExcellent analytical, writing and research skillsStrong organizational skillsWorks independentlyDemonstrated ability to engage with stakeholders for the purposes of communicating emerging issues and findingsStrong computer skills, including experience using Microsoft Word, Excel, and Google Workspace (Gmail, Drive, Docs, Sheets, etc.)Conditions of Employment: Must be a current Colorado resident.You must pass a thorough background check prior to employment which includes the E-Verify process.APPEAL RIGHTS: If you receive notice that you have been eliminated from consideration for this position, you may file an appeal with the State Personnel Board or request a review by the State Personnel Director.An appeal or review must be submitted on the official appeal form, signed by you or your representative. This form must be delivered to the State Personnel Board by email [Click Here to Email Your Resumé]), postmarked in US Mail or hand delivered (1525 Sherman Street, 4th Floor, Denver CO 80203), or faxed (303.866.5038) within ten (10) calendar days from your receipt of notice or acknowledgement of the department’s action.For more information about the appeals process, the official appeal form, and how to deliver it to the State Personnel Board; go to; contact the State Personnel Board for assistance at (303) 866-3300; or refer to 4 Colorado Code of Regulations (CCR) 801-1, State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures, Chapter 8, Resolution of Appeals and Disputes, at under Rules.

For questions regarding this recruitment, please contact: [Click Here to Email Your Resumé] Minimum Qualification ScreeningA Human Resources Analyst will only review the work experience/job duties sections of the online job application to determine whether you meet the minimum qualifications for the position for which you are applying. Cover letters and resumes WILL NOT be accepted in lieu of the official State of Colorado online application, CDLE does not accept attachments of any kind during the application process.. Part-time work experience will be prorated.Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications to continue in the selection process for this position. Work experience and qualifications must be specifically documented on your online application. Do not use "see resume" or "see attached" statements on your application. CDLE does not accept attachments of any kind during the application process.Comparative Analysis Process – Structured Application ReviewAfter minimum qualification screening, the comparative analysis process for this position will involve a review and rating of all the information you submit with your application materials. Therefore, it is extremely important to document in the work experience/job duties portion of your online application the extent to which you possess the education, experience, minimum qualifications, and preferred qualifications as outlined in the job announcement. It is also important to thoroughly answer all supplemental questions (if listed) as your answers to these questions will be evaluated during this phase.Supplemental QuestionsAnswer the supplemental questions on the application completely and thoughtfully. Your answers may be rated based on your writing ability (spelling, grammar, and clarity of your writing) as well as the content of your answer.THIS ANNOUNCEMENT MAY BE USED TO FILL MULTIPLE VACANCIESThe State of Colorado believes that equity, diversity, and inclusion drive our success, and we encourage candidates from all identities, backgrounds, and abilities to apply. The State of Colorado is an equal opportunity employer committed to building inclusive, innovative work environments with employees who reflect our communities and enthusiastically serve them. Therefore, in all aspects of the employment process, we provide employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, medical condition related to pregnancy, creed, ancestry, national origin, marital status, genetic information, or military status (with preference given to military veterans), or any other protected status in accordance with applicable law.The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, our agency will assist individuals who have a disability with any reasonable accommodation requests related to employment, including completing the application process, interviewing, completing any pre-employment testing, participating in the employee selection process, and/or to perform essential job functions where the requested accommodation does not impose an undue hardship. If you have a disability and require reasonable accommodation to ensure you have a positive experience applying or interviewing for this position, please direct your inquiries to our ADAAA Coordinator, Deidre Johnson, at [Click Here to Email Your Resumé] or call 303-318-8163. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. For all other inquiries about this recruitment effort, please call 303-318-8200.

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