Job Posting: Labor Relations Counsel

Department of Human Resources

Labor Relations Counsel

$9,214.00 - $11,828.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: Until Filled

Job Description and Duties

The California Department of Human Resources is currently recruiting for the position of Labor Relations Counsel III.


Division Description:                                                               

CalHR’s Legal Division supports the department’s mission by representing the state as the employer in all areas of employee/employer relations and labor law issues.  The Legal Division also provides legal advice, representation, and training to other state departments in various areas of employment law, including personnel actions, protected leaves, reasonable accommodation, discrimination complaints, investigations, etc.

Position Description:  

The Labor Relations Counsel III represents CalHR and client departments in civil and administrative forums in complex matters concerning employer-employee relations and personnel matters.  These include, but are not limited to representation in merit issue complaints, personnel actions and whistleblower cases before State Personnel Board; discrimination claims before the Department of Fair Employment and Housing or the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission; labor arbitrations pursuant to memoranda of understanding; unfair practice charges before the Public Employment Relations Board, and non-merit statutory appeals such as layoffs, absence without leave, and set aside resignation cases before CalHR’s Statutory Appeals Unit.  The incumbent will also draft legal opinions, provide consultation to various state departments and to high level executives on sensitive issues and projects, and may conduct investigations as well as train public employees on labor and employment matters.

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

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Position Details

Job Code #:
Position #(s):
Working Title:
Labor Relations Counsel
$9,214.00 - $11,828.00
# of Positions:
Work Location:
Sacramento County
Job Type:
Permanent, Full Time

Department Information

The California Department of Human Resources (CalHR) is responsible for issues related to employee salaries and benefits, job classifications, civil rights, training, exams, recruitment, and retention. For most employees, many of these matters are determined through the collective bargaining process managed by CalHR.


Our Vision: To be the premier leader and trusted partner in innovative human resources management.


Our Mission: To provide exceptional human resources leadership and services with integrity, respect, and accountability to state departments and all current and prospective employees.

Department Website:

Application Instructions

Dates printed on Mobile Bar Codes, such as the Quick Response (QR) Codes available at the USPS, are not considered Postmark dates for the purpose of determining timely filing of an application.

Final Filing Date: Until Filled

Who May Apply

Individuals who are currently in the classification, eligible for lateral transfer, eligible for reinstatement, have list eligibility, are in the process of obtaining list eligibility, or have SROA and/or Surplus eligibility (please attach your letter, if available). SROA and Surplus candidates are given priority; therefore, individuals with other eligibility may be considered in the event no SROA or Surplus candidates apply.

Applications will be screened and only the most qualified applicants will be selected to move forward in the selection process.
Applicants must meet the Minimum Qualifications stated in the Classification Specification(s).

How To Apply

Complete Application Packages (including your Examination/Employment Application (STD 678) and applicable or required documents) must be submitted to apply for this Job Posting. Application Packages may be submitted electronically through your CalCareer Account at When submitting your application in hard copy, a completed copy of the Application Package listing must be included. If you choose to not apply electronically, a hard copy application package may be submitted through an alternative method listed below:

Address for Mailing Application Packages

You may submit your application and any applicable or required documents to:

Department of Human Resources
Attn: Lyla De La Sota
1515 S Street, North Building, Suite 500
Sacramento, CA 95811-7258

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

You may drop off your application and any applicable or required documents at:

CalHR Attn: Lyla De La Sota
1810 16th Street
Sacramento, CA 95811
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Required Application Package Documents

The following items are required to be submitted with your application. Applicants who do not submit the required items timely may not be considered for this job:

  • Current version of the State Examination/Employment Application STD Form 678 (when not applying electronically), or the Electronic State Employment Application through your Applicant Account at All Experience and Education relating to the Minimum Qualifications listed on the Classification Specification should be included to demonstrate how you meet the Minimum Qualifications for the position.
  • Resume is required and must be included.
Applicants requiring reasonable accommodations for the hiring interview process must request the necessary accommodations if scheduled for a hiring interview. The request should be made at the time of contact to schedule the interview. Questions regarding reasonable accommodations may be directed to the EEO contact listed on this job posting.

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:
  • Experience advising clients and litigating personnel actions such as rejections on probation, adverse actions, whistleblower and merit issue complaints;

  • Knowledge and experience of employment law, including but not limited to protected leaves under the Family Medical Leave Act and California Family Rights Act, reasonable accommodation, sexual harassment prevention and workplace violence;

  • Knowledge of the principles of labor law, including the Ralph C. Dills Act;

  • Experience advising clients and litigating labor law issues, including wage and hour litigation;

  • Knowledge and experience of administrative law and conducting hearings before administrative bodies in matters of greater difficulty and complexity, in such forums as the State Personnel Board, the Public Employment Relations Board, CalHR’s Statutory Appeals Unit, Office of Administrative Law or Department of Labor;

  • Knowledge of rules of evidence and conducting hearings in trial and appellate courts;

  • Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in written form;

  • Ability to analyze legal principles and precedents and apply them to complex legal and administrative problems;

  • Ability to draft opinions, pleadings, rules, regulations, and legislation in a clear and logical manner

  • The incumbent should also be able to travel, and be flexible in changing work assignments and meeting deadlines; and,

  • Emphasis will be placed on labor and employment law experience.

Contact Information

The Human Resources Contact is available to answer questions regarding the application process. The Hiring Unit Contact is available to answer questions regarding the position.

Department Website:
Human Resources Contact:
Lyla De La Sota
(916) 322-2300
Hiring Unit Contact:
DeAnna Summers
(916) 323-4864

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:
EEO Officer
(916) 845-2860
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.


Multiple positions may be filled from this recruitment.

To obtain list eligibility for the Labor Relations Counsel III classification, you must take the Attorney III examination.

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.

Application Methods:
Electronic (Using your CalCareer Account)
By Mail