South Carolina State Government - Cabinet Agencies

South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing, & Regulation

Mission Statement: Our mission is to promote the health, safety and economic well-being of the public through regulation, licensing, enforcement, training and education. Our mission goes hand-in-hand with the Governor's effort to raise personal incomes of South Carolinians by creating a better environment for economic growth, delivering government services more openly and efficiently, improving quality of life, and improving our state's education

 
Emily Farr
Interim Director
Year Established: 1994
Phone Number: (803) 896-4300
Current Website: www.llr.state.sc.us
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Number of Employees: Not Known Number of Facilities: 1


110 Centerview Drive
Columbia, SC 29210

The Department of Labor, Licensing, & Regulation Includes:
Division of Professional & Occupational Licensing - has two (2) offices: Offices of Board Services, and Office of Investigations and Enforcement:
Office of Board Services - certifies the following 40+ types of professionals:
- Accountancy
- Architectural Examiners
- Athletic Commission
- Auctioneers' Commission
- Barber Examiners
- Boiler Safety Program
- Building Codes Council
- Chiropractic Examiners
- Cemetery Board
- Contractors' Licensing Board
- Cosmetology
- Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists and Psycho-Educational Specialists
- Dentistry
- Dietetics
- Engineers/Surveyors
- Environmental Certification
- Foresters
- Funeral Service
- Registration for Geologists
- Landscape Architectural Examiners
- Liquefied Petroleum Gas Board
- Long Term Health Care Administrators
- Manufactured Housing Board
- Massage/Bodywork Therapy
- Medical Examiners
- Nursing
- Occupational Therapy
- Opticianry
- Optometry
- Pharmacy
- Physical Therapy Examiners
- Pilotage
- Podiatry Examiners
- Psychology
- Pyrotechnic Safety
- Real Estate Commission
- Real Estate Appraisers Board
- Residential Builders Commission
- Social Work Examiners
- Soil Classifier Advisory Council
- Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology
- Veterinary Medical Examiners
Office of Investigations and Enforcement - is responsible for investigating complaints involving a possible violation of a professional or occupational practice act. This Office also investigates labor complaints for wage disputes and child labor. Certain professional or occupational licensing boards also require routine or followup inspections by statute or regulation. Through its inspection unit, this Office also conducts those inspections. Occasionally, if violations are detected, and not otherwise appropriately resolved, a complaint will be opened and the alleged violations investigated. In those instances, the cases are handled as would any other Office investigation.
Office of Immigrant Worker Compliance - Law requires all employers to enroll in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's E-Verify system beginning January 1, 2012 and to verify the legal status of all new employees through E-Verify within three business days. Failure to enroll in and use E-Verify to verify new hires will result in probation for the employer or suspension/revocation of the employer's business licenses.
Office of Disciplinary Counsel - seeks to enforce the statutes, regulations and codes pertaining to each licensing entity encompassed by LLR. ODC staff provides legal advice to the Office of Investigations and Enforcement during the investigatory stages of each case as needed; meets with Investigative Review Committees as required; drafts charging documents, pleadings and agreements in each case where the board authorizes a formal complaint ; represents the State during disciplinary proceedings; and provides legal representation for the State at the Administrative Law Court, Court of Appeals and Circuit Courts throughout the State.
Division of Labor - Occupational safety, payment of wages, child labor, migrant labor and mediation of disputes between unions and businesses all fall under LLR. Elevators and amusement rides also are regulated to assure the public's safety.
Division of Fire and Life Safety - The Division of Fire and Life Safety, which includes the Office of State Fire Marshal and the SC Fire Academy.

SC Code of Law Authority for the Department

SECTION 1-30-65. Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation.

Effective on February 1, 1994, the following agencies, boards, and commissions, including all of the allied, advisory, affiliated, or related entities as well as the employees, funds, property and all contractual rights and obligations associated with any such agency, except for those subdivisions specifically included under another department, are hereby transferred to and incorporated in and shall be administered as part of the Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation to be initially divided into divisions for Labor, State Fire Marshal, and Professional and Occupational Licensing:

(A) Fire Marshal Division of Budget & Control Board, formerly provided for at Section 23-9-10, et seq.;

(B) Department of Labor, formerly provided for at Title 12, Chapter 37; Title 46, Chapter 43; and Title 41, Chapters 1-25;

(C) Professional and Occupational Licensing Boards including:
- Accountancy Board, formerly provided for at Section 40-1-10, et seq.;
- Architectural Board of Examiners, formerly provided for at Section 40-3-10, et seq.;
- Athletic Commission, formerly provided for at Section 52-7-10, et seq.;
- Auctioneers Commission, formerly provided for at Section 40-6-10, et seq.;
- Barber Examiners Board, formerly provided for at Section 40-7-10, et seq.;
- Accessibility Committee for the Building Codes Council, formerly provided for at Section 10-5-210, et seq.;
- Building Code Council, formerly provided for at Section 6-9-60, et seq.;
- Burglar Alarm Business, formerly provided for at Section 40-79-10, et seq.;
- Chiropractic Examiners Board, formerly provided for at Section 40-9-10, et seq.;
- Contractors Licensing Board, formerly provided for at Section 40-11-10, et seq.;
- Cosmetology Board, formerly provided for at Section 40-13-10, et seq.;
- Dentistry Board, formerly provided for at Section 40-15-10, et seq.;
- Embalmers and Funeral Directors/Funeral Service Board, formerly provided for at Section 40-19-10, et seq.;
- Engineers and Land Surveyors Board, formerly provided for at Section 40-21-10, et seq.;
- Environmental Systems Operators Board, formerly provided for at Section 40-23-10, et seq.;
- Fire Sprinkler Contractors Board, formerly provided for at Section 23-45-10, et seq.;
- Foresters Registration Board, formerly provided for at Section 48-27-10, et seq.;
- Geologists Registration Board, formerly provided for at Section 40-77-10, et seq.;
- Harbor Pilots/Pilotage Commission, formerly provided for at Section 54-15-40, et seq.;
- Liquefied Petroleum Gas Board, formerly provided for at Section 39-43-20, et seq.;
- Manufactured Housing Board, formerly provided for at Section 40-29-10, et seq.;
- Modular Appeals Board, formerly provided for at Section 23-43-50, et seq.;
- Nursing Board, formerly provided for at Section 40-33-10, et seq.;
- Nursing Home Administrators Board, formerly provided for at Section 40-35-10, et seq.;
- Occupational Therapy Board, formerly provided for at Section 40-36-10, et seq.;
- Optometry Board, formerly provided for at Section 40-37-10, et seq.;
- Opticianry Board, formerly provided for at Section 40-38-10, et seq.;
- Pharmacy Board, formerly provided for at Section 40-43-10, et seq.;
- Physical Therapy Examiners, formerly provided for at Section 40-45-10, et seq.;
- Physicians, Surgeons and Osteopaths/Board of Medical Examiners, formerly provided for at Section 40-47-10, et seq.;
- Podiatry Examiners, formerly provided for at Section 40-51-10, et seq.;
- Professional Counselors, Marital and Family Therapists, formerly provided for at Section 40-75-10, et seq.;
- Psychology Board of Examiners, formerly provided for at Section 40-55-20, et seq.;
- Pyrotechnic Safety Board, formerly provided for at Section 40-56-10, et seq.;
- Real Estate Commission regulating Real Estate Brokers, Counsellors, Salesmen, Auctioneers, and Property Managers, formerly provided for at Section 40-57-10 et seq., and Real Estate Appraisers Board, formerly provided for at Section 40-60-10 et seq.;
- Residential Home Builders Board, formerly provided for at Section 40-59-10, et seq.;
- Social Worker Board of Examiners, formerly provided for at Section 40-63-10, et seq.;
- Speech/Language Pathology and Audiology Board of Examiners, formerly provided for at Section 40-67-10, et seq.;
- Veterinary Medical Examiners, formerly provided for at Section 40-69-10, et seq.

HISTORY: 1993 Act No. 181, Section 1; 1994 Act No. 385, Section 1. 

History of the Department of Labor, Licensing, & Regulation:

The Department of Labor, Licensing, & Regulation was created by Section 1-30-65 to administer and enforce all laws pertaining to the former Department of Labor, State Fire Marshall's Office, SC Fire Academy, and over forty (40) professional and occupational licensing boards and commissions.

The Department began in 1936 as the Department of Labor.

Past Directors of the Department of Labor, Licensing, & Regulation

Director

Year(s)

Emily Farr (Interim)

2016 to Present

Richele Keel Taylor

2015 - 2016

Holly G. Pisarik

2011 - 2015

Catherine Templeton

2011

Adrienne R. Youmans

2003 - 2010

Rita McKinney

1999 - 2003

Lewis F. Gossett

1995 - 1999

Commissioner

Year(s)

Virgil W. Duffie, Jr.

1994

Past Commissioners of the Department of Labor

Commissioner

Year(s)

Virgil W. Duffie, Jr.

1991 - 1993

E.L. McGowan

? - 1991

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