The South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR), through its network of local offices across the state, provides a wide range of employer services, including screening and testing job seekers to match businesses needs, scheduling job interviews and providing office space in which to conduct them. Best of all, our services are provided at no charge.
Your local DLR office also offers job training programs that can pay up to half of new employees' wages while they learn the job. Job training can be customized for businesses that need workers with specialized skills. Your business can also earn tax credits when you hire individuals from certain target groups under the Work Opportunity Tax Credit program.
Our local office staffs maintain close ties with local development groups and other business and labor organizations. They're in tune with the area's economy and local business happenings, so they can provide your business with helpful advice on a variety of employment issues. The staff can also help you deal with labor law issues. Information is available about the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, workers' compensation laws, affirmative action laws, OSHA regulations and unemployment insurance requirements. Your local office can also provide information on the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) program and the Welfare-to-Work tax credit.
We maintain the largest labor pool database in the state, SDWORKS. Applicants represent all occupational backgrounds, from clerical and production workers to managerial and professional employees. We also work closely with the state's colleges, universities and technical schools, so you have access to recent graduates. In addition, your employment listings receive free national exposure through our affiliation with US.Jobs powered by the National Labor Exchange and sdworks.jobs. You may also list your job openings electronically with the SDWORKS system from your home or office computer.
If you prefer, your business can remain anonymous when you place a job order. That way, walk-in applicants who aren't qualified for the job won't besiege you. The local DLR office staff will help you select a number of referrals and set up interview appointments. The staff can also help guide you through the interview process so you can ask the questions that will get you the best employees, and avoid the questions that can cause trouble.
Job Fairs provide another opportunity to market your business to job seekers and to network with prospective employees.
Explore the many employer services available from the Department through the options at the left. If you cannot find the information you are seeking among the topics listed to the left, please contact us.
South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation
700 Governors Drive
Pierre, SD 57501-2291
For more general information on starting or operating a business in South Dakota, please see the Governor's Office of Economic Development's "Ready to Work" website.