"...the Office of the Secretary serves to coordinate and promote positive and progressive working relationships between labor and industry..."
The primary responsibility of the Kentucky Labor Cabinet is to ensure that divisions and offices falling under the auspices of the Cabinet work within the jurisdiction of Kentucky labor law to ensure equitable and fair treatment of the Commonwealth’s 1.9 million wage earning employees.
Specifically, the Cabinet, according to regulation, shall have the duties, responsibilities, power, and authority relating to labor, wage and hour issues, occupational safety and health of employees, child labor, workers’ compensation insurance, and all other matters under the jurisdiction of the Labor Cabinet. In addition, the Office of the Secretary serves to coordinate and promote positive and progressive working relationships between labor and industry, while simultaneously enforcing Kentucky’s labor laws.
Please contact the Cabinet should you need assistance or have questions. Visitors are always welcome.
Secretary David A. Dickerson
David A. Dickerson was appointed Secretary of the Labor Cabinet by
Governor Matt Bevin on February 19, 2019, and had been serving as Acting Secretary since June 12, 2018. Previously, he served as the Secretary of the Public Protection Cabinet (PPC) effective December 15, 2015. As Secretary of the PPC, Dickerson oversaw a wide range of state programs and services including the Department of Insurance; the Department of Financial Institutions; the Department of Housing, Buildings and Construction; the Department of Charitable Gaming; the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission; the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control; the Kentucky Claims Commission; the Boxing and Wrestling Commission; and the Department of Professional Licensing.
Dickerson is a graduate of Western Kentucky University. Prior to joining state government,
he was a corporate officer in the family-owned Dickerson Lumber Company of Summer
Shade. From 1994-1999, he served as Barren County Judge-Executive. He is married to
Leighan Hutcherson Dickerson. Secretary and Mrs. Dickerson have four children and seven
Deputy Secretary Michael G. Swansburg, Jr.
Michael G. Swansburg, Jr., was appointed Deputy Secretary of the Kentucky Labor Cabinet by Governor Matt Bevin on October 22, 2018. In addition to his role as Deputy Secretary, Mr. Swansburg also serves as the General Counsel of the Labor Cabinet, to which Governor Bevin first appointed him in December 2015.
Mr. Swansburg is a 2000 graduate of James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. After college, Mr. Swansburg worked for U.S. Congressman John Linder in Washington, D.C., serving as Committee Counsel to Congressman Linder during his time as Chairman of the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Prevention of Nuclear and Biological Attack and eventually as Legislative Director. In 2007, Mr. Swansburg decided to leave Capitol Hill and moved to Louisville, his wife's hometown, where he attended law school at the University of Louisville's Brandeis School of Law and became Editor in Chief of the school's flagship publication, the
University of Louisville Law Review. After law school, Mr. Swansburg worked in the Louisville office of Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC, a general-practice law firm, where he specialized in labor and employment defense work.
Office of General Counsel
Michael Swansburg serves as the General Counsel of the Labor Cabinet, to which Governor Bevin first appointed him in December 2015. The Office of General Counsel provides legal representation and advice to the Secretary of Labor and other cabinet personnel with regard to the administration and enforcement of Kentucky Revised Statutes Chapters 207 (Equal Opportunities), 336 (Labor Cabinet), 337 (Wage & Hour, Prevailing Wage), 338 (Occupational Safety & Health), 339 (Child Labor), 342 (Workers’ Compensation Special Fund & Kentucky Coal Workers’ Pneumoconiosis Fund), 345 (Collective Bargaining of Firefighters), and 67C.400-418 (Collective Bargaining for Police Officers).
Department of Workers' Claims
With the support of Governor Matthew G. Bevin, the DWC is committed to improving customer service and reducing costs to our customers in the Commonwealth.
The Department of Workers' Claims is the agency primarily charged with the administration of the Kentucky program and has exclusive jurisdiction over workers' compensation claims. Our website is designed to provide users with helpful information on the functions of the Commonwealth's workers' compensation program.
We welcome analysis of the subject matter and would appreciate receipt of your comments and suggestions. Send us your comments by writing to:
Department of Workers' Claims
Attn: Information & Research
657 Chamberlin Avenue, Frankfort, Kentucky 40601
Department of Workplace Standards
The Department of Workplace Standards has the statutory authority and oversight to carry out the administrative duties of the Divisions of Employment Standards, Apprenticeship and Mediation, Workers’ Compensation Funds, Labor-Management Relations and Mediation and the Occupational Safety and Health Program.
This Department of Workplace Standards has the responsibility of enforcing the statutes established in Chapters 207, 336, 337, 338, 339, 342, and 345 of the Kentucky Revised Statutes.
The Division of Workers' Compensation Funds is responsible for the administration of the Special Fund and the Coal Workers’ Pneumoconiosis Fund. This responsibility includes payment of claims and maintenance of appropriate records.
The Division of Employment Standards, Apprenticeship and Mediation are responsible for the enforcement of wage and hour laws, child labor laws, various discrimination laws, and the management and enforcement of prevailing wage rate determinations. This division is also responsible for the oversight and promotion of the state’s registered Apprenticeship and Training program.
Labor-Management Relations and Mediation provide resources to the Commonwealth's entire workforce to meet their labor-management relations needs.
The Occupational Safety and Health Program exercises jurisdiction for the enforcement, on-site consultation, standards promulgation, and training services related to workplace safety and health.
Small Business Ombudsman
The Labor Cabinet Small Business Ombudsman is responsible for responding to inquiries from small businesses on administrative regulation and other regulatory matters and providing information regarding the procedure for submitting comments on administrative regulations as provided by KRS 13A.270(1). Please contact the ombudsman if you have questions about Labor Cabinet regulations or comments that you would like to submit about proposed regulations.
Contact the Small Business Ombudsman
657 Chamberlin Avenue
Frankfort, Kentucky 40601
Note:The Small Business Ombudsman is separate and serves a different function than the Office of Inspector General (OIG), which as the Ombudsman, generally, for the Labor Cabinet, is responsible for investigating complaints and/or allegations of civil and/or possibly criminal violations committed by Labor Cabinet employees and/or the public working with the Labor Cabinet. The OIG may be contacted at 657 Chamberlin Avenue, Frankfort, KY, 40601 or by phone at 502-564-1985.
Office of Inspector General
The Office of Inspector General (OIG) serves to increase accountability and oversight of the Labor Cabinet, to assist in improving agency operations, and to identify and deter fraud, waste, abuse and other improper conduct relating to Cabinet operations and programs.
The OIG is authorized to conduct investigations, audits, inspections and other reviews in accordance with professional standards that relate to the field of investigation and auditing in a government environment. The OIG may issue written reports of factual findings, make recommendations for improving policies and procedures, and refer matters for civil, administrative, and criminal action where appropriate. OIG also serves as the ombudsman for the Labor Cabinet.
As the ombudsman, the OIG acts as a problem-solving entity and handles complaints and general inquiries about the Labor Cabinet. Our office works with individuals to answer questions and resolve complaints about their interactions with the Labor Cabinet.
In some instances, this may involve referring individuals to the appropriate agency within the Labor Cabinet who can assist in the resolution of the individual’s question or issue. In other instances, the complaint or concern may give rise to an official investigation which results in a report of factual findings to the Secretary of the Labor Cabinet. It is the goal of the OIG to be a resource for individuals who have exhausted all other resources or need additional information and do not know where to turn.
The OIG recognizes that the vast majority of state employees are committed to serving the Commonwealth with the highest degree of integrity. Our office is dedicated to the principle that no public servant, regardless of position, is above the law and/or can operate outside the bounds of Cabinet policies and procedures. The strength of our government is built on the character of the individuals who uphold the public trust and who have elected to serve that public.
Office of Inspector General:
657 Chamberlin Avenue
Frankfort, Kentucky 40601
The Kentucky Labor Cabinet is seeking to fill three (3) internship positions for the timeframe of May-August to work in the areas of
Occupational Safety & Health Compliance and Education & Training.
To apply, applicants should:
Review the student internship description listed above, and if interested, complete an application by applying for a “Co-Op/Intern” position on the
Kentucky Personnel Cabinet’s website.
Applications will be accepted until COB April 26, 2019.
After completing the online application, please forward a cover letter expressing interest, a current resume, 2 writing samples and 2 letters of recommendation to
Upon receiving the online application, the Kentucky Personnel Cabinet will email the student about required information needed from their university or college, including an Academic Credit Agreement and a transcript.
Questions regarding all Labor Cabinet internships may be directed to
Cassidy.Connell@ky.gov or by calling 502-782-0713