Investigative Officers (Labor Standards)
- Written Test To Be Held
- April 22, 2023
You may be assigned to either Saturday or Sunday to take your test.
You cannot request or change your scheduled day.
- Applications Must Be Submitted or Postmarked By
- February 22, 2023
|Exam Number||Exam Title||Open to Employees of||Salary||Salary Grade||Non−Refundable Processing Fee (Waivers available)|
|38-894||Investigative Officer 2 (Labor Standards)||Labor, Department of||$67,897||SG-20||$20|
|38-895||Investigative Officer 2 (Labor Standards) (Chinese Language)||Labor, Department of||$67,897||SG-20|
|38-896||Investigative Officer 2 (Labor Standards) (Spanish Language)||Labor, Department of||$67,897||SG-20|
|38-899||Investigative Officer 3 (Labor Standards)||Labor, Department of||$79,325||SG-23|
You must review important information on the New York State Department of Civil Service COVID-19 policy that applies to all candidates sitting for in-person Civil Service examinations being administered at a New York State test center. You can access our full policy on the Department of Civil Service website.
Due to current testing space limitations, candidates may need to travel to a test site to take this examination. Candidates will be notified of their test site location on their admission notice.
Promotion examination open to all qualified employees of New York State Department of Labor.
This examination is being held to fill vacancies in the New York State Department of Labor only.
On or before April 22, 2023, you must be a qualified employee of the New York State Department of Labor and have had three months of permanent competitive or 55-b/55-c service as a:
For Exam No. 38-894, 38-895, & 38-896: Investigative Officer Trainee, Investigative Officer Trainee (Chinese Language), Investigative Officer Trainee (Korean Language), Investigative Officer Trainee (Spanish Language), Investigative Officer 1, Investigative Officer 1 (Chinese Language), Investigative Officer 1 (Korean Language), Investigative Officer 1 (Spanish Language), Labor Standards Investigator, Labor Standards Investigator (Chinese Language), Labor Standards Investigator (Korean Language), or Labor Standards Investigator (Spanish Language).
For Exam No. 38-899: Investigative Officer 2 (Labor Standards), Investigative Officer 2 (Labor Standards) (Chinese Language), Investigative Officer 2 (Labor Standards) (Spanish Language), Senior Labor Standards Investigator, Senior Labor Standards Investigator (Chinese Language), or Senior Labor Standards Investigator (Spanish Language).
If you were permanently appointed to a qualifying title on or before January 22, 2023, and have served continuously in this title since that date, you are eligible to file for this examination.
Only the title or titles listed are qualifying.
Qualifying Experience For Appointment From The Eligible List:
For Exam Nos. 38-894, 38-895, and 38-896: After one year of service at the full performance level, successful candidates will be qualified for appointment from the eligible list.
For Exam No. 38-899: After one year of the service described in the Minimum Qualifications, successful candidates will be qualified for appointment from the eligible list.
Additional Requirements for Appointment:
- Language Proficiency: If you pass the examination and apply to a title which requires language proficiency, you must demonstrate your language proficiency at a level that will ensure your ability to perform the duties of the position properly. The proficiency test will only be given to enough candidates to fill current vacancies.
As an Investigative Officer 2 (Labor Standards) or Investigative Officer 2 (Labor Standards) (Chinese/Spanish Language), under the supervision of an Investigative Officer 3 (Labor Standards), you would oversee the activities of a team of Investigative Officer 1's engaged in a wide variety of investigations relating to the administration and enforcement of New York State Labor Law; present cases at conferences; testify at hearings; handle complex investigations; and interact with the public and regulated community.
As an Investigative Officer 3 (Labor Standards), under the supervision of an Investigative Officer 4 (Labor Standards), you would oversee a District Office or special unit within the Division of Labor Standards; direct staff in the investigation of suspected Labor Law violations; establish and modify procedures to meet District Office or special unit goals and standards; prepare reports; direct complex investigations; approve collection and distribution of wages; and interact with the public and regulated community.
- Travel Requirements: Appointment to certain positions requires extensive travel within an area of assignment. Appointees may need to operate a motor vehicle or have other means to meet the transportation needs of the job. If the position requires that you operate a motor vehicle, you must continuously have a valid New York State driver's license to continue employment. Field work and travel expenses are reimbursed on a fixed schedule. Overnight travel may be required.
Subject of Examination
|Subject of Examination: To be considered for appointment to this title, you must pass the written test. The written test evaluates your knowledge, skills, and/or abilities in the following areas:||For Examination Nos.|
|1. Preparing written material - These questions test for the ability to present information clearly and accurately, and to organize paragraphs logically and comprehensibly. For some questions, you will be given information in two or three sentences followed by four restatements of the information. You must then choose the best version. For other questions, you will be given paragraphs with their sentences out of order. You must then choose, from four suggestions, the best order for the sentences.||X||X|
|2. Evaluating information and evidence - These questions test the candidates' abilities to evaluate and draw conclusions from information and evidence. Each question consists of a set of facts and a conclusion based on the facts. The candidate must decide if a conclusion is warranted by the facts.||X||X|
|3. Advanced investigative techniques - These questions test for knowledge of the more complicated and technical aspects of field investigations. The questions will cover such areas as: interviewing principles and practices, investigative principles, sources of information and reporting methods commonly used in field investigations, securing statements, rules of evidence and evidence collection, preparing cases for court or legal hearings, and testifying in the courtroom or in hearings. Many of the questions are situational in nature. The questions are generic rather than dealing with investigations in a particular field.||X||X|
|4. Supervision - These questions test for knowledge of the principles and practices employed in planning, organizing, and controlling the activities of a work unit toward predetermined objectives. The concepts covered, usually in a situational question format, include such topics as assigning and reviewing work; evaluating performance; maintaining work standards; motivating and developing subordinates; implementing procedural change; increasing efficiency; and dealing with problems of absenteeism, morale, and discipline.||X|
|5. Labor standards laws, rules, regulations and policies - These questions will test your knowledge of New York State Labor Law and related rules, regulations, policies and procedures in effect on January 1, 2023, in such areas as minimum wage, payment of wages and wage supplements, child labor, hours of work, farm labor, apparel industry registration, industrial homework and Employment Agency Law.||X||X|
|6. Administrative supervision - These questions test for knowledge of the principles and practices involved in directing the activities of a large subordinate staff, including subordinate supervisors. Questions relate to the personal interactions between an upper level supervisor and his/her subordinate supervisors in the accomplishment of objectives. These questions cover such areas as assigning work to and coordinating the activities of several units, establishing and guiding staff development programs, evaluating the performance of subordinate supervisors, and maintaining relationships with other organizational sections.||X|
Test Guide: A Guide to the Written Test for the Investigative Series is available on the Department website at http://www.cs.ny.gov/testing/testguides.cfm.
If you pass, your seniority credit(s), if any, will be included in the computation of your final score. Your final score on the eligible list will be determined after adding any wartime Veterans' credits.
Credit For Seniority: Seniority is credited at the rate of one credit for each five-year period (or fraction thereof), excluding the first year of service.
Note: The Department of Civil Service may administer tests either online or with paper booklets and answer sheets.
Admission To The Test: If approved for a written test, you will receive an admission notice which will indicate your assigned test date and the way your test will be administered. Your test may be administered with paper and pencil or online at a state test site using a state-provided Chromebook. You cannot request to change your scheduled day or request a specific type of test administration.
Applicants are required to have a Personal NY.gov account and keep their email address up to date. The Department of Civil Service and other state agencies will communicate with you through email correspondence. This may include the notification of your test arrangements, examination results, and canvassing you for interest in appointment. It will be important for you to keep your email address, phone number, and mailing address current by logging into https://www.cs.ny.gov/home/myaccount.
How To Apply
|Important: Unless waived, you must pay the non-refundable processing fee. For information on fee waivers, visit https://www.cs.ny.gov/examannouncements/types/oc/appinfo.cfm##Fee. Any past due application processing fees must be paid in full prior to submitting an application. Please email FeeUnitMail@cs.ny.gov regarding inquiries about any past due fee. It is important that you verify that you entered the correct examination number and title on your online or paper application prior to submitting. If you apply online, you should immediately review your email confirmation notice to verify that you applied for the correct examination.|
New York State is an Equal Opportunity Employer
It is the policy of the State of New York to provide for and promote equal opportunity employment, compensation, and other terms and conditions of employment without unlawful discrimination on the basis of age, race, color, religion, disability, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, veteran or military service member status, marital status, domestic violence victim status, genetic predisposition or carrier status, arrest and/or criminal conviction record, or any other category protected by law, unless based upon a bona fide occupational qualification or other exception.
Most written tests are held on Saturdays. If you cannot take the test on the announced test date, due to a conflict with a religious observance or practice, check the box under “Religious Accommodation.” We will make arrangements for you to take the test on a different date (usually the following day).
Reasonable Accommodations in Testing
It is the policy of the Department of Civil Service, in accordance with the New York State Human Rights Law and the Americans with Disabilities Act, to provide qualified persons with disabilities equal employment opportunity and equal opportunity to participate in and receive the benefits, services, programs, and activities of the Department. It is the policy of the Department to provide such persons reasonable accommodations and reasonable modifications as are necessary to provide equal opportunity. Persons with disabilities who require an accommodation to participate in an examination must note this on their application. Further information is available from the Test Administration Unit of the Department of Civil Service. In the Albany area, call 518-457-2487. Outside of the Albany area, call toll free at 1-877-697-5627. For TDD services, call NY Relay at 711 (requires a fee) or 1-800-662-1220.
Admission to Examination
Notice to appear for the test may be conditional as review of applications may not be made until after the test. If you have not received your notice to appear for the written test three days before the date of the test, email us at AdmissionNotices@cs.ny.gov. Please provide your first and last name, address, and the last four digits of your social security number, and we will provide you with the information you need to attend your written test. If you have an issue other than not receiving your admission notice, please contact our office at (518) 474-6470 in the Albany area or toll free at 1-877-697-5627. Please leave a clear concise message and provide your first and last name, last four digits of your social security number and a daytime phone number.
Taking State and Local Examinations Scheduled for the Same Day
If you have applied to take a written test announced by either one or several local jurisdictions (county, town, city) scheduled to be held on the same test date as this written test, you must notify each of the local jurisdictions no later than two weeks before the test date to make arrangements for taking all tests at one test site. All tests will be held at the state examination center. For your convenience, contact information for all local civil service agencies is available on our website at: https://www.cs.ny.gov/jobseeker/local.cfm.
Eligibility for Examination
To be considered a qualified employee eligible to compete in this examination, you must be employed in, or on leave from, the specified department or agency on a permanent or contingent permanent basis in the competitive class, or in the non-competitive class or labor class if specifically noted on this announcement (or be on an appropriate preferred list), and have the specified time in the specified title or salary grade. You may not compete in a test for a title if you are permanently employed in that title (unless you are still on probation) or in a higher direct line of promotion.
Cell Phones or Electronic/Communication Devices at the Test Site
The use of cell phones, beepers, headphones, or any electronic or other communication devices at your personal testing site or in the test room, hallways, restrooms, building, grounds, or other areas, except as expressly authorized by the Department of Civil Service, could result in your disqualification.
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