About the The Labor and Industrial Relations Commission
Meet the Commission
John J. Larsen, Jr., Chairman
James G. Avery, Jr., Commissioner
Curtis E. Chick, Jr., Commissioner
Pamela M. Hofmann, Secretary
The Labor and Industrial Relations Commission (LIRC) is established by Section 49, Article IV, of the Missouri Constitution. The LIRC’s primary constitutional duty is to oversee the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations (Labor Department). The LIRC is composed of three members appointed by the governor, with the advice and consent of the Senate. One member is classified as a representative of employers, one member is classified as a representative of employees, and one member is classified as a representative of the public. The public representative must be licensed to practice law in Missouri.
The LIRC nominates and the governor appoints, with the advice and consent of the Senate, a director who serves as the chief administrative officer of the Labor Department. In 1974, the LIRC issued an order delegating many of its powers to the director of the Labor Department, and that order still is in effect today.
The LIRC has the authority to adopt rules for the management of the Labor Department and to approve the administrative rules promulgated by the Labor Department and its Divisions. In addition to its oversight duties, the LIRC serves as a higher authority appeal board, reviewing appeals from workers’ compensation cases, unemployment insurance cases, crime victims’ compensation cases, and tort victims’ compensation cases. The LIRC also hears and determines objections to prevailing wage determinations and challenges to determinations by public bodies to enter into project labor agreements.
Commission Statutes, Regulations, Rules & Policy
Missouri Revised Statutes- TITLE XVIII LABOR AND INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS