Welcome to the North Dakota Department of Labor
The North Dakota Department of Labor is responsible for enforcing North Dakota labor and human rights laws and for educating the public about these laws. In addition, the department licenses employment agencies operating in the state and can verify the status of independent contractor relationships. We are here to be of assistance to all North Dakota citizens, employees, employers, those purchasing or receiving services, and those providing services.
Labor Department Updates
New Commissioner Appointed
Jack Dalrymple appointed Bismarck attorney Bonnie Storbakken to replace Tony Weiler as commissioner of the North Dakota Department of Labor. The appointment is effective May 27.
Weiler, who has served as Labor Commissioner since September 2010, has accepted the position of executive director of the State Bar Association of North Dakota.
Department Name Change
During the 2013 legislative session, the Legislature approved a change to the Labor Department’s name to also reflect the agency’s important work in the area of human rights. As of Aug. 1, 2013, the agency will become the North Dakota Department of Labor and Human Rights.
State child labor provisions establish a minimum age of 14 to be employed and regulate the employment of teens ages 14 and 15. Generally, workers age 14 and 15 are required to file an Employment and Age Certificate, are limited in the hours they can work, and are prohibited from performing certain types of work.
Federal child labor laws further limit the types of work that can be performed by teens 14 and 15 years of age and prohibit teens ages 16 and 17 from working in certain occupations the U.S. Department of Labor deems to be hazardous.