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ODOL Administration

ODOL administration provides administrative support and handles the business functions of the Department, including responsibility for communications, finance and accounting, human resources, purchasing, agency legal services, legislative affairs and constituent services, information technology and data processing services, mail and reception.

Leslie Osborn was elected as Oklahoma's twentieth Labor Commissioner in 2018 and is currently serving a four year term.  The Constitution of Oklahoma provides for the election of a commissioner of labor every four years. The commissioner is head of the Department of Labor.  Oklahoma law gives the commissioner broad regulatory authority and enforcement powers to carry out the department's duties for citizens of Oklahoma.

Prior to being elected Labor Commissioner she served ten years in the Oklahoma House of Representatives representing District 47, which includes parts of Canadian and Grady counties.  During her tenure she was appointed in 2013 by Speaker Shannon to chair the Judiciary committee, the first female in state history to do so.  In the same year, she authored the landmark workers’ compensation reform bill which changed the judicial system to an updated administrative system.  In 2017 she was instrumental in passing into law the first pay for success contract in Oklahoma, which was a public-private partnership with the Department of Corrections and the Kaiser Foundation to move women from incarceration to the Women in Recovery Program. From 2014 to 2015 she served as chair of the House appropriations and budget subcommittee on Natural Resources and Regulatory Services.  In 2016, then Representative Osborn was appointed by Speaker McCall to chair the House Appropriations and Budget Committee, again the first Republican female to do so. 

She currently also serves as the chair of the Oklahoma Occupational Licensing Advisory Commission and the Department of Commerce’s Automotive Steering Committee, which is actively working on recruitment of diversified manufacturing businesses to the state of Oklahoma. In addition, she serves on the advisory board of Oklahoma Small Business Development Centers and the Oklahoma Academy. She also serves on the foundation board for the Canadian Valley Technology Center. She is a member of Oklahoma First Ladies and a lifetime member of the OSU Alumni association.  She graduated from the Leadership Oklahoma Class 27 and served as the state director of the national group Women in Government.

Leslie Osborn was born in Salina, Kansas. In 1986, she graduated from Oklahoma State University receiving a Bachelor of Science in business administration.  She owned and operated her own business for 22 years selling heavy duty truck parts, Osborn Pick-Up Accessories.  She is the mother of two children.

The Communications Division responds and coordinates media inquiries and public records requests from the media statewide. The division manages the agency's social media platforms and produces the agency's free external newsletter.

The Financial Management Division is responsible for all fiscal-related areas of the agency.  Financial Management staff are responsible for the agency's accounting, inventory, payroll, purchasing, and budget preparations.

Disclosure of Federal Funds

The Oklahoma Department of Labor shall post an annual disclosure regarding all federal funds under the control of ODOL and the programs for which the federal funds are used. This information shall be posted in this location after the end of calendar year 2019 and each calendar year thereafter, pursuant to 62 O.S. § 34.42.1.


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Transparent Oklahoma Performance

The Governmental Affairs Division is responsible for serving as the governmental and legislative liaison for the Department with other entities of local, state and federal governments as well as with business and labor groups. The Division tracks legislation during legislative session and represents the agency by responding to inquiries from fiscal analysts, research staff and legislators on matters concerning ODOL.

The Oklahoma Department of Labor works closely with the Oklahoma Legislature to pass legislation helpful to the Department and the people of Oklahoma.

The Division also provides resources to legislative and governmental staff to address constituent inquiries regarding concerns involving ODOL oversight.  The Division is available to help policymakers connect with ODOL divisions and staff to resolve constituent issues.

The Human Resources Division supports the department through the administration and management of workplace services and the personnel policies and procedures. Human Resources processes new hires, separations from service, promotions, job postings, applications received, and all other personal actions.

Who We Are

The Department of Labor (ODOL) offers more than competitive pay, vast career opportunities, and professional development. ODOL is proud to invest in an innovative, empowering work environment and was recently presented with the Family Positive Workplace award. Our Mission, Vision and Values are the core of who we are, and we consider each employee a part of the ODOL family.

Why work for ODOL?

Whether your experience is technical, professional or intern, ODOL wants you to join our team! We offer a vast work variety that can fit many different backgrounds that help support Oklahoma’s safety and health industry. With opportunities for growth and development, we hope ODOL will be your lifetime career choice.

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The Office of General Counsel (Legal Services Division) assists and advises the Labor Commissioner, executive staff, and all agency division directors and their staff. It drafts statutory and regulatory changes and assists with the proper interpretation and implementation of federal and state laws. The office assists Human Resources with personnel rights/obligations, potential workplace grievances and disciplinary actions, and evolving workplace protections and compensation concerns.

Legal Services staff ensure the agency’s two committees (Alarm, Locksmith, and Fire Sprinkler Advisory Committee and Alternative Fuels Committee), as well as the Occupational Licensing Advisory Commission (of which the Labor Commissioner is the chair), comply with Oklahoma’s Open Meetings and Open Records Act. The Legal Services Division also defends agency orders, committee action, and enforcements efforts at administrative hearings and later appeals, and provides general guidance to the public on matters falling within the agency’s purview. 

Please be advised that the Legal Division is prohibited from providing legal advice to members of the public.

Last Modified on Dec 21, 2022
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