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. A full list of salaries to include
locality is located here OPM.GOV
This position is 100% telework. The investigator is required to
reside within the commuting area (50-mile radius) of the location
selected for in order 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
Note: This is not a Law Enforcement position.
50% or less - travel is required to conduct on-site
investigations on a regular basis and to attend trainings.
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
1849 Wage And Hour Investigation Series
Conditions of Employment
- Appointment to this position may require a background
- Requires a valid drivers license and ability to operate a motor
- Must be at least 16 years old and a U.S. Citizen.
- Candidate required to obtain the necessary
- Requires a probationary period if the requirement has not been
- Bilingual - Spanish/English is Required.
Applicants must meet time-in-grade (52 weeks at the GS-5),
time-after-competitive-appointment (90 days) and qualifications
requirements within 30 calendar days after the closing date of the
vacancy to be eligible for consideration for selection.
Federal Employees Please Note: Your SF-50 must include enough
information to be able to determine that time-in-grade requirements
have been met and reflects your position title, pay
plan/series/grade, tenure and the type of appointment (i.e.
competitive/excepted). In some cases you may need to submit more
than one SF-50.
Reference the "Required Documents" section for additional
Candidate required to obtain the necessary
Applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience
equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, GS-5, in the
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
Bilingual - English and Spanish language fluency is REQUIRED.
You will be interviewed in both Spanish and English and you may be
required to read/write and translate documents from Spanish to
English and vice versa. Further consideration will not be given if
you fail to demonstrate fluency in both English and Spanish.
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
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