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Office of Workplace Equity
PIROE (Personnel Innovation Recruitment On-Boarding and Engagement)
Occupational Safety & Health
Civil Service Commission
Office of Workplace Equity
Occupational Safety and Health
We have many divisions within the City of Los Angeles Personnel Department that perform a variety of functions. Please select any division to learn more about what they do.
The Board of Civil Service Commissioners is a City Charter created body of five members appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the Council. Members serve a five year term. The Commission meets on the second and fourth Thursday of each month. The Board has the authority and duty to make and enforce, through the Personnel Department, the Civil Service Rules and Personnel Department Policies as well as establish and maintain the civil service system in accordance with the Los Angeles City Charter and laws of the State of California.
The Board has the authority and duty to make and enforce, through the Personnel Department, the Civil Service Rules and Personnel Department Policies as well as establish and maintain the civil service system in accordance with the Los Angeles City Charter and laws of the State of California.
Establishes minimum requirements and duties statement for exam bulletins; reviews employee requests for reinstatement following probationary termination; investigates out-of-class complaints; responds to the Employee Relations Board on unit determination requests; works with operating departments to address various workforce planning issues which may include evaluation of functions, reclassification of positions, staffing, and reorganization; and provides technical assistance to operating departments in resolving various personnel issues.
Classification also reviews and determines the proper allocation and reallocation of positions for City departments; creates and revises class specifications; consolidates, splits, and/or abolishes classes; conducts class surveys; and designates positions or classes as temporary training, Safety Sensitive, or Management classes. Prepares status and assignment rights determinations; determines class group for purposes of Layoff or Displacement; tracks and reviews exemption requests pursuant to Charter Section 1001 (b), (c), and (d), and reviews all citywide personnel services contracts in accordance with Charter Section 1022. In addition, this Division approves the Citywide transfers, voluntary reversions and Charter Section 1014 requests.
The Backgrounds Unit reviews the applications of all candidates on an eligible list to ensure that they meet City background standards. The process includes a review of work experience, admitted conviction information, and any special license, education or training required. Staff fingerprints new City employees and notifies departments of any potentially disqualifying criminal history information received from the Department of Justice.
The Certifications Unit receives requests from City departments to certify eligible lists and generates certification lists by utilizing Neogov, the online certification process.
The Employee Folders Unit maintains the civil service folders for all active City employees and the Civil Service and departmental folders of terminated employees. Staff is responsible for maintaining the employee work history database, and for filing, copying, and maintaining employment-related documents in employee folders.
The Records Unit reviews and processes a variety of personnel transactions, such as transfers, leave of absences, suspensions and terminations of City employees to ensure compliance with Civil Service Rules and Personnel Polices. Staff reviews the disposition of all certifications to ensure appointments are in accordance with the Rule of Three Whole Scores.
Through partnerships and collaborations with various Departments, the Client Services Division is committed to providing the best Human Resources services to our fellow City employees through teamwork, trust, integrity, support, and confidentiality.
Client Services is divided into three Divisions, each headed by a Personnel Director III. Each Client Services Division provides Human Resources services to various Departments. Client Services is responsible for Human Resources functions such as discipline, grievances, facilitating Departmental hiring needs, EEO investigations, reasonable accommodations and other specialized functions that may be time-consuming and may require specific expertise. Client Services staff is trained, knowledgeable, and dedicated in handling various critical Human Resources functions.
Employee Benefits supports the health and wellbeing of Los Angeles City employees and their families.
The City of Los Angeles Personnel Department’s Employee Benefits Division administers the following programs:
The Medical Services Division is divided into three distinct sections: Correctional Care (Medical clinics operating within City jail), Occupational Health, and Psychology. The primary goal is to provide quality medical and specialty care services to the populations served in compliance with local, state and federal regulations.
The purpose of Correctional Care is to provide high-quality medical care at three designated City jails: Parker Center, Van Nuys, and 77th Street Station. Medical care is provided for arrestees 24-hours per day, seven days a week. In addition to serving the arrestee population, medical care may also be provided to City employees at any of these sites.
The medical and nursing care provided includes pre- and post- booking examinations and treatment, routine daily sick calls and follow-up evaluations and treatments. When presented with complex medical conditions requiring a higher level of care than can be provided at the jail clinic, local medical centers are utilized. In these cases, there is collaboration between law enforcement, correctional care medical services and the receiving medical provider to assure that the highest quality of medical care is provided. Oversight for external medical service agreements is the responsibility of the Medical Services Division.
The purpose of occupational health is to medically evaluate individuals so a safe and healthy workforce can be maintained; to assist in the prevention and reduction of work place injuries and illnesses; and provide expert consultation. Services are provided by a highly skilled staff and are available to all City employees and departments.
The purpose of the Psychology Section is to evaluate individuals to maintain a safe and healthy workforce, to evaluate threats of work place violence, to provide post-critical incident assessments, and provide expert consultation. Extensive psychological assessments and testing are performed as necessary by a highly skilled staff of psychologists. Services are available to all City employees upon request.
The mission of the Occupational Safety & Health Division (OSHD) is to maintain a safe and healthy workplace for all City employees, City contractors, volunteers, and vendors; maintain compliance with all applicable law and regulations; and promote a positive attitude towards safety by establishing safety and health objectives for all levels of management and employees.
OSHD works collaboratively with all City departments towards our shared goal of managing risk for the benefit of the safety and wellness of the City workforce. In order to provide a safe and hazard-free workplace for our employees, many core functions come into play. We achieve our mission through various means, including support and guidance, outreach and training, compliance assistance, and technical expertise.
OSHD comprises a team of expert professionals - Safety Engineer(s), Industrial Hygienist(s), and Ergonomist(s) who provide citywide health and safety program support and services.
Safety Engineer(s) provides technical support on the subject of safety, risk, and hazards. Safety Engineer(s) is assigned to various City departments/offices and assists them in developing and administering the Cal/OSHA mandated safety programs including the Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP); conducts workplace inspections, accident investigations, training, facilitates safety committee meetings, and provides safety consultation and regulatory support as needed.
Industrial Hygienist(s) focuses on a wide variety of services including exposure monitoring (lead, asbestos, noise, etc.), indoor air quality/ventilation assessments, personal protective equipment (PPE) requirements, and recommendations on hazardous chemical management; performs a wide array of testing/samplings by using unique industrial hygiene equipment and laboratory supplies.
Ergonomist(s) provides individual and group ergonomic assessments and training to increase awareness of ergonomic risk factors associated with work behaviors and proper use of equipment in both office and field settings. Recommends appropriate equipment as needed. Also maintains an ergonomic lab which provides City employees the opportunity to try a variety of chairs, computer monitor set-ups, keyboards, desk configurations, ergonomic mouse and more.
The Office of Workplace Equity (OWE) was created to support the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) efforts Citywide by developing new policies and procedures, investigating reports of Equity Violations, leading the City’s Integrated Disability Management, partnering with departments to advise and assist their DEI efforts, and developing and sourcing training programs that instruct and inspire new ways of working more inclusively and equitably.
The Personnel, Innovation, Onboarding, Recruitment and Engagement (PIROE) division oversees an array of functions within the Personnel Department.
In addition to these three sections, PIROE also has representatives from other divisions/sections in the Personnel Department, including Workforce Development and Systems.
Although the PIROE team is small, they take pride in helping with some BIG projects in the Personnel Department and across the City.
The Public Safety Division manages the recruitment and selection of entry and promotional-level candidates to ensure that City departments have a sufficient pool of qualified and diverse public safety candidates from which to select.
The Selection division includes three sections:
The Workforce Development Section is designed to improve and diversify the City’s workforce by identifying workforce needs and solutions, as well as creating alternative pathways into Civil Service careers through the LA Local Hire programs and Workforce Planning efforts.
The LA Local Hire Programs create alternative pathways into civil service careers through the Targeted Local Hire Program and the Bridge to Jobs Program. The purpose of these programs is to create workforce pipelines by partnering with the City’s WorkSource Centers, Community-Based Organizations, and educational institutions. At the same time, these programs focus on connecting under-served and under-employed populations to rewarding Civil Service careers with the City of Los Angeles; thus, creating a unique opportunity for individuals to enter into Civil Service by using non-traditional civil service exams that involve on-the-job training and a working test period.
In compliance with Mayor Garcetti's Executive Directive No. 15, Workforce Planning improves the City’s workforce by partnering with City departments; assists all City Departments with the development and submission of their annual Equitable Workforce and Service Restoration Plans; analyzes department plans and provides recommendations to address citywide workforce challenges and priority objectives; and identifies classifications and high risk positions that are at risk of being impacted by potential retirements.
Workers' compensation is the oldest social insurance program; it was adopted in most states, including California, during the second decade of the 20th century. It is a no-fault system, meaning that injured employees need not prove the injury was someone else's fault in order to receive workers' compensation benefits for an on-the-job injury.
The workers' compensation system is premised on a trade-off between employees and employers. Employees are supposed to receive the prompt delivery of defined statutory workers' compensation benefits for on-the-job injuries, and in return, the defined workers' compensation benefits are, for the most part, the exclusive remedy for injured employees against their employer, even when the employer negligently caused the injury.
The Workers' Compensation Division (WC Division) operates and monitors a complete permissibly self-insured workers' compensation program ensuring the full provision of benefits under the law to employees whose injuries arose in the course and scope of employment. This program oversees the administration of approximately 15,000 workers' compensation claims.
Currently, the City of Los Angeles utilizes a combination of in-house staff and contracts with private firms for the administration of workers' compensation claims. These firms are called workers' compensation third party administrators. The WC Division provides continuous on-site workers' compensation third party administration contract monitoring. Additionally, the WC Division provides customer service designed to assist injured workers and departments to resolve workers' compensation claim issues by providing subject matter expertise.