Larry L. Roberts was appointed Secretary of the Kentucky Labor Cabinet by Governor Steve Beshear effective May 16, 2013. He is responsible for oversight of the Department of Workplace Standards and the Department of Workers Claims.
The Department of Workplace Standards is responsible for the enforcement of wage and hour, child labor, prevailing wage and wage payment laws, registered apprenticeship programs and Labor-Management Relations and Mediation activities. The Department is also responsible for the enforcement and on-site consultation and training for the Kentucky Occupational Safety and Health Program. Also, the Department is responsible for the administration of the Special Fund and the Coal Workers Pneumoconiosis Fund. The Department of Workers Claims is the agency charged with the administration of the Kentucky workers’ compensation program.
Larry is a native of Owen County. He attended Eastern Kentucky University and Northern Kentucky University, studying Business Management and Labor Studies.
Larry has extensive public service, working 29 years for the Kentucky Labor Cabinet commencing in 1973 as a Labor Standards Investigator. He served in various positions with the Cabinet, conducting wage investigations, enforcing prevailing wage and other wage and hour laws. He served as a mediator with the Office of Labor-Management Relations for over 20 years, mediating labor-management disputes in the public and private sectors. He was appointed Director of the Division of Employment Standards, Apprenticeship and Training by Governor Paul Patton in January 2000, where he also served as the Supervisor of Apprenticeship and Training.
Prior to Larry’s appointment as Secretary of Labor, he served from 2002 to 2013 as State Director for the Kentucky State Building and Construction Trades Council, AFL-CIO. He was responsible for legislative and executive branch lobbying; development and implementation of statewide political and communications strategy for the Council to promote and protect the interests of all craft workers in the construction industry. Larry monitored Davis-Bacon and prevailing wage enforcement and administrative issues on a national and statewide basis.
Larry and his wife Brenda have two beautiful children, Laura and Reed, and one grandson.