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Wage and Hour Investigator (Recent Graduate)

Company: Department of Labor
Location: Manhattan
Posted on: June 8, 2021

Job Description:

  • Duties




The Wage and Hour Division's (WHD) mission is to promote and achieve compliance with labor standards to protect and enhance the welfare of the Nation's workforce. This is achieved by enforcing Federal minimum wage, overtime pay, recordkeeping, and child labor requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act. This position is inside the bargaining unit.

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The salary listed is that of the 2021 Base Pay. Upon selection, your salary will be adjusted to include the locality for the specific location selected for. For a full list of salaries to include locality visit OPM.GOV

This position is 100% telework. The Investigator is required to reside within the commuting area (50-mile radius) of the location/city selected for to perform the duties of the position.

The employee will learn the most fundamental concepts of becoming an Investigator. As a trainee you will receive on-the-job and other training/instructions on the provisions of the Wage and Hour laws enforced; develop human relations skills; investigation and negotiation techniques. Under close observation/direction and with specific instructions the employee will perform the following duties: Review available file material pertinent to cases assigned, perform necessary research, and seek necessary guidance to become familiar with all aspects of the case. Conduct investigations of limited scope and complexity. Demonstrate ability to understand, interpret and apply written material, much of which is technical or legal in nature. Gather and analyze facts obtained; identify problems; determine accuracy and relevance of information; use sound judgment to generate and evaluate alternatives and make recommendations regarding the nature and extent of any violations that exist. Negotiate for compliance and payment of back wages due, when authorized, or participate in such negotiations with the supervisor or a higher-grade investigator. Accurately perform necessary mathematical computations, choosing appropriate mathematical technique, to determine amount of back wage liability. Prepare case investigation file, including written narrative reports and electronic forms for submission to the supervisor or higher-level officials. As the grade level progresses, the work involves regular and recurring visits to industrial, commercial, agricultural, construction and other business establishments or public institutions and may necessitate movement over rough, uneven, or rocky surfaces requiring above average physical exertion. Frequently, travel is required using automobiles or commercial vehicles such as airplanes, trains or busses. Additionally, the work may include regular and recurring exposure to high levels of noise, dust, grease, moving parts of machinery requiring the occasional use of protective gear such as boots, googles or hardhat during investigations of industrial, commercial, agricultural, construction or other business firms or public institutions.

Note: This is not a Law Enforcement position.

Travel Required

50% or less - travel is required to conduct on-site investigations on a regular basis.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential

12 - There is no obligation to provide future promotions if you are selected. Promotions are dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, meet all the performance requirements, and supervisor's recommendation to the next grade.

  • Job family (Series)

1849 Wage And Hour Investigation Series

  • Requirements



Conditions of Employment

  • Appointment to this position may require a background investigation.
  • Requires a valid drivers license and ability to operate a motor vehicle.
  • Must be at least 16 years old and a U.S. Citizen.
  • Candidate required to obtain the necessary security/investigation level.
  • Requires a one year trail period.

Applicants must meet all legal and regulatory requirements. Reference the "Required Documents" section for additional requirements. Appointee must be a U.S. citizen in order to be eligible for conversion to a permanent position in the competitive service upon completion of the program. Upon successful completion of the program and at the agency's discretion, the appointee may be converted to a term or permanent position in the competitive service.

Candidate required to obtain the necessary security/investigation level.



Applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, GS-5, in the Federal Service.

Applicants MUST meet 52 weeks in at least TWO of the following THREE specialized criteria requirements: (1)General knowledge of Federal and/or State wage and hour labor laws, industrial occupations, wage scales, employment practices, or salary and wage administration practices or other criminal or civil law enforcement experience. (2) Skill in analyzing written/verbal information and numerical data and making decisions on issues based on interviews, records review, reconstruction of missing or fraudulent records and applying legal or regulatory provisions, precedents, and principles to specific investigative matters. (3) Skill in personal contacts requiring the ability to explain requirements or rights and obtain information and cooperation from people with diverse backgrounds and levels of understanding, reconcile conflicting interests, and persuade others to comply voluntarily with requirements.

OR To qualify based on education applicants MUST meet the following criteria: One full year of graduate level education OR bachelor's degree with superior academic achievement. Graduate education: Major study must be related to occupation in the following areas - industrial relations, personnel administration, or other fields related to the position such as business administration, labor economics, or law. OR a combination of education and experience.

To qualify for Superior Academic Achievement you must have completed all the requirements for a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution AND meet one of the following criteria: -Class standing - You must be in the upper third of the graduating class in the college, university, or major subdivision, such as the College of Liberal Arts or the School of Business Administration, based on completed courses. -Grade-point average (GPA) - You have a grade-point average of: A. 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B" or better) as recorded on their official transcript, or as computed based on 4 years of education, or as computed based on courses completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; OR B. 3.5 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B+" or better) based on the average of the required courses completed in the major field or the required courses in the major field completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum. Election to membership in a national scholastic honor society - You have membership in one of the national scholastic honor societies listed in the Association of College Honor Societies: Booklet of Information (1992-95) and/or Baird's Manual of American College Fraternities (1991). Membership in a freshman honor society cannot be used to meet the requirements of this provision. Transcripts must include complete GPA information.


To be eligible for an appointment, you must meet the requirement A or B:

A. Completed all requirements for Associates, Bachelors, Masters, Professional, Doctorate, Vocational, or Technical Degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution within the previous two years;


B. Was released or discharged from active duty within the previous two years, where the applicant is a veteran who, due to a military service obligation, was precluded from applying for a recent graduate position during any portion of the two-year eligibility period following completion of his/her degree or certificate requirements, provided that not more than six years have transpired since the applicant completed the requirements for a degree or certificate.

You must submit an academic transcript from your academic institution showing the date that you most recently completed the academic requirements described above. See the "Required Documents" section of this announcement. To use your education as a basis for meeting the Minimum Qualification Requirements (MQR) for this position, you must submit academic transcripts demonstrating that you meet the qualifying educational requirements. If specific course work is required to fulfill the MQR, you must supply transcripts from each academic institution in which the required courses were taken to receive credit for that course work. See the "Qualifications and Evaluations" section of this announcement for more details.

If your education was completed at a foreign college or university, you must show comparability to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States and comparability to applicable minimum course work requirements for this position. Click Evaluation of Foreign Education for more information or you will be ineligible for further consideration.

If you do not submit sufficient academic documentation demonstrating that you meet the eligibility and MQR for this position, your application will be deemed incomplete & any applicant falsely claiming an academic degree from an accredited school will be subject to actions ranging from disqualification from federal employment to removal from federal service.

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