Closing Date: 5th January, 2024


Job Description and Duties:
The Administrative Law Judge adjudicates administrative hearings for Cal-OSHA appeals. Presides over and conducts hearings pertaining to appeal of employer citations in either a video-conferencing setting on in-person. Regulates the course of the hearing, instructs the parties of their rights and responsibilities, administers oaths to witnesses and language interpreters and listens to witnesses' testimony. Serves as an impartial adjudicator, takes notes during the course of the hearing and rules on parties' motions either verbally or in written form. Establishes scheduling for further proceedings and researches applicable law pertaining to workplace health and safety. Drafts and finalizes the ALJ decision in accordance to the Appeals Board policies and procedures.

Takes an active part in assisting parties to seek appeal resolution prior to hearing while presiding over pre-hearing conferences, status conferences and settlement conferences. Rules in a timely fashion on the pre-hearing motions in order to inform parties of appeal status. Prepares written or verbal orders using email, U.S, mail or telephone, when necessary, in response to parties' requests. Prepares and issues timely settlement orders using OASIS case management and scheduling system to finalize the partie's terms of a negotiated agreement, thereby closing the case.

Attends ALJ trainings by either media platforms or in-person as necessary. The ALJ will participate in monthly ALJ meetings to discuss procedural issues and ethical considerations. The incumbent will attend in-person stakeholder meetings as required in order to develop information on administrative court procedures and best practices. Performs other duties associated with the adjudication of appeals, including the preparation of special reports, performing legal research or participating in special meetings.

Under the general direction the Supervising Administrative Law Judge, the incumbent is responsible for adjudicating Cal-OSHA appeals. The cases are assigned randomly by the Appeals Board OASIS case management and scheduling system. The work primarily consists of conducting status, pre-hearing and settlement conferences. Most ALJ positions conduct one to two hearings per month.

This posting may be used to fill future vacancies in accordance with 2 CCR 249.3

You will find additional information about the job in the Duty Statement. (

Working Conditions:
The position is located at the Department of Industrial Relations, Occupational Safety and Health Appeals Board, Sacramento office. The location is 300 Venture Oaks Way, Suite 300, Sacramento, CA 95833 in Sacramento County. The position is a full-time permanent position requiring the incumbent to work a minimum of 40 hours per week in an office setting. Air conditioned, semi high-rise building with elevator access in an office with natural and artificial lighting. The incumbent will use a personal computer or laptop to access case law, Board cases and a specialized Board electronic case management and calendar system (OASIS) to develop decisions and orders.

The office is located close to I-5, I-80 and the Sacramento International Airport. Part-time telework opportunities are available. Be part of the Appeals Board management team and help improve the working environments of California employees.

Minimum Requirements:
You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.
Administrative Law Judge (

Additional Documents
  • Job Application Package Checklist (
  • Duty Statement (

Department Information:
The Department of Industrial Relations (dir) Was Established in 1927. Its Mission Is to Improve Working Conditions for California's Wage Earners and To Advance Opportunities for Profitable Employment in California. Dir Administers and Enforces Laws Governing Wages, Workplace Safety and Health, Apprenticeship Training Programs, and Medical Care and Other Benefits for Injured Workers.

Electronic Submission of Applications Preferred. Application Packages Maybe Submitted Electronically Through Your Cal Career Account at Https://jobs.Ca.Gov/ Applications Must Be Received Electronically by 11:59 P.M. on Or Before the Above Final Filing Date.

Please only Submit One Application. Electronic Applications Submitted Through Your Cal Career Account Are Highly Recommended and Will Be Received/processed Faster than Other Methods of Filing.

If You Are Unable to Apply Electronically Through Your Cal Career Account, Please Mail a Completed and Signed State Examination/employment Application Std Form 678 and Application Package to The Mailing Address Provided in The “application Instructions” Section Below and Ensure the Following:
Clearly Indicate the Job Code #, Position Number and The Title of This Position in The “examination or Job Title(s) for Which You Are Applying” Section Located on The First Page of Your State Examination/employment Application Std Form 678.
  • Clearly Indicate the Basis of Your Eligibility (cert, Transfer, Reinstatement, Etc.) in The “explanations” Section Located on The First Page of Your State Examination/employment Application Std Form 678.
  • Remove and Do Not Submit the “equal Employment Opportunity” Questionnaire (page 5) with Your Completed State Examination/employment Application Std Form 678. This Page Is for Examination Use Only.
  • Do Not Include Your Full Social Security Number on Your Documents And/or Do Not Provide Any Leap Information.

Department Website: Https://www.Dir.Ca.Gov/

Special Requirements:
To Meet the Minimum Requirements of The Job, Candidates Must Have an Active Membership in The California State Bar. Experience in The "practice of Law" or "performing Legal Duties" or "legal Experience" Is Defined as Only that Legal Experience Acquired After Admission to A State Bar.The Incumbent Must Also Meet the Requirements as Defined in The Cal Hr Classification Specification Minimum Qualifications.

Please Include a Standard Application 678 and A Detailed Resume. the Resume Will Be Used to Determine Your Qualifications.

Desirable Qualifications:
In Addition to Evaluating Each Candidate's Relative Ability, as Demonstrated by Quality and Breadth of Experience, the Following Factors Will Provide the Basis for Competitively Evaluating Each Candidate:

Willingness to Travel, Display Impartiality, Judicial Temperment, Clear Enunciation and Normal Hearing.

Knowledge Of: Legal Principles and Their Application; Principles and Procedures of The Labor Code Pertaining to Occupational Safety and Health; State of California Occupational Safety and Health Plan; Standards and Orders of The Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board; Operation Procedures and Enforcement Policies of The Division of Industrial Safety; Medical, Physiological and Occupational Safety and Health; Principles and The Ories of Administrative Law and Judicial Review of Administration Actions; Principles and Objectives of Effective Public Administration and Understanding of The Use of Proper Administrative Procedures; Familiar with State Civil Services System and Bargaining Unit 2 Memorandum of Understanding.

Ability To: Perform Legal Research; Analyze, Appraise, and Apply Legal Principles, Evidence and Precedents to Legal Problems; Make Accurate Summaries of Evidence and Prepare Appropriate Findings and Conclusions of Law and Make Recommendations Based on Such Facts; Conduct Fair and Impartial Hearings in A Manner that Will Obtain All Pertinent Evidence and Secure Confidence and Respect; Maintain a Fair and Impartial Attitude; Speak and Write Effectively; Supervise the Work of Others and Assist and Advise Them in Their Work; Effectively Contribute to The Board's Goals and Missions.

Benefit Information Can Be Found on The CalHR ( Website and The CalPERS ( Website.

Contact Information
The Human Resources Contact Is Available to Answer Questions Regarding the Position or Application Process.

Department Website: Https://www.Dir.Ca.Gov/

Human Resources Contact:
Certification Unit
(800) 564-0771

Please Direct Requests for Reasonable Accommodations to The Interview Scheduler at The Time the Interview Is Being Scheduled. You May Direct Any Additional Questions Regarding Reasonable Accommodations or Equal Employment Opportunity for This Position(s) to The Department's Eeo Office.

EEO Contact:
Diversity and Inclusion Office
(916) 559-6999

California Relay Service: 1-800-735-2929 (tty), 1-800-735-2922 (voice) Tty Is a Telecommunications Device for The Deaf, and Is Reachable only From Phones Equipped with A Tty Device.

Additional Information:
Preference Will Be Given to Persons with State Restriction of Appointments (sroa) or Surplus Status. Applicants Must Attach a Copy of Their Most Recently Dated Letter that Specifies Their Designation as Either Sroa or Surplus Candidate as Proof.

Qualified Candidates Must Have Eligibility in State Employment, Be in A Reachable Rank on An Employment List for This Classification, Be Currently in This Classification, or Have Transfer Eligibility to This Classification. Training and Development (t&d) Assignments May Be Considered.

If You Do Not Hear from Us in 4-6 Weeks, You May Assume the Position Has Been Filled by Another Applicant. Please Note that All Additional Vacancies that Become Available May Be Added to This Advertisement.

Please Note that The Exam and Certification Online System (ecos) Does Not Allow You to Resubmit Your Application Once You Withdraw It. if You Have Any Updates to Your Online Application, Please Contact the Personnel, Recruitment, & Hiring Unit at (800) 564-0771.

Please Let Us Know how You Heard About Our Position by Taking This Brief Survey: Dir-Recruitment-Survey

Dir Mission and Core Values
Our Mission Is to Protect and Improve the Welfare and Working Conditions for California's Wage Earners and To Advance Opportunities for Profitable Employment in California. Dir Is Also Committed to Ensuring that All Employers Comply with Labor Laws in California to Support a Fair and Thriving Business Environment.

Integrity - We Fulfill the Promise of Our Mission Through Fair, Honest and Ethical Behavior.

Service - We Are Committed to Responsibly Serving the Public and Value Their Trust.

Respect - We Treat Others with Dignity, Courtesy and Consideration.

Quality - We Take Pride in Providing the Public with Accurate and Timely Services.

Transparency - We Conduct Ourselves with Openness and Accountability in All Aspects of Our Work.

Equal Opportunity Employer:
The State of California Is an Equal Opportunity Employer to All, Regardless of Age, Ancestry, Color, Disability (mental and Physical), Exercising the Right to Family Care and Medical Leave, Gender, Gender Expression, Gender Identity, Genetic Information, Marital Status, Medical Condition, Military or Veteran Status, National Origin, Political Affiliation, Race, Religious Creed, Sex (includes Pregnancy, Childbirth, Breastfeeding and Related Medical Conditions), and Sexual Orientation.

It Is an Objective of The State of California to Achieve a Drug-Free Work Place. Any Applicant for State Employment Will Be Expected to Behave in Accordance with This Objective Because the Use of Illegal Drugs Is Inconsistent with The Law of The State, the Rules Governing Civil Service, and The Special Trust Placed in Public Servants.