Department of Workplace Standards
The Department of Workplace Standards has the statutory authority and oversight to carry out the administrative duties of the Divisions of Employment Standards, Apprenticeship and Mediation, Workers’ Compensation Funds, Labor-Management Relations and Mediation, and the Occupational Safety and Health Program.
Kentucky Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Program
The Kentucky Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Program, under the statutory authority of Kentucky Revised Statutes (KRS) Chapter 338 and through a state plan approved by the U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), exercises jurisdiction for enforcement, on-site consultation, standards promulgation, and training services related to workplace safety and health.
Division of Employment Standards, Apprenticeship, and Mediation
The Division of Employment Standards, Apprenticeship, and Mediation is responsible for the administration and enforcement of Kentucky’s minimum wage, overtime, wage payment, child labor, wage discrimination, and the equal opportunities provisions including the rights of the physically disabled. The division is charged with investigating allegations of statute and regulation violations and rendering findings in a timely and efficient manner.
Labor-Management Relations and Mediation
Our mission is to expand the efforts of Labor-Management Relations and Mediation to include the Commonwealth's entire workforce by providing resources to meet their labor-management relations needs.
Division of Workers' Compensation Funds
The Division of Workers' Compensation Funds (formerly Division of Special Fund) is responsible for the administration of the special fund and coal workers' pneumoconiosis fund.
Current Minimum Wage
$7.25 as of 7/1/2009
Required Posters
Click the links below to open the PDF files which you may print and use free of charge.

Also, there may be Federal posters your company is required to post. Please check the US DOL website here for those posters that may apply.

In addition to the Labor Cabinet posters, there are also two other mandatory posters for employers within the Commonwealth. The Kentucky Equal Employment Opportunity poster is provided courtesy of the KY Commission of Human Rights. The Unemployment Insurance Benefits poster is provided by the Office of Employment and Training.