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Robert Jones is the former California State Deputy Secretary, Special Counsel for the Labor and Workforce Development Agency, (California Department of Labor) appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in June 2008. As such, he was responsible for the enforcement activities of all the Divisions of the Agency, including the operation of the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (Labor Commissioner), Division of Safety & Health (Cal/OSHA), and the State?s Economic and Employment Enforcement Coalition.
Prior to his appointment, Mr. Jones was the Deputy Secretary of Policy and Enforcement. He was also the former Chief Counsel for the Labor Commissioner, and was the Acting California State Labor Commissioner from 2005 to 2007. As Acting Labor Commissioner, he was responsible for enforcing the state?s labor laws governing working conditions, minimum wage and overtime.
Mr. Jones? background includes over 20 years of employment litigation and dispute resolution experience before state and federal courts throughout the United States and eight years as a professional labor negotiator. He also served as a full-time Lecturer for the University of Maryland, European Division, for four years where he taught graduate and undergraduate courses in labor law and business management.
Mr. Jones advises and represents employers in all areas of labor, employment, and legislative matters, with particular emphasis on employers doing business in California. He is a frequent presenter on employment-related topics.
- College: M.B.A., California State University, Humboldt, 1973
- Law School: J.D., McGeorge School of Law, 1982
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