About the Department
The director oversees and coordinates the efforts of the Department, including the Division of Employment Security, the Division of Workers’ Compensation, the Division of Labor Standards, the Missouri Commission on Human Rights, and the State Board of Mediation.
The department continues to ensure businesses are competing on a level playing field not only through strict enforcement of Missouri’s labor laws, but also by educating businesses and workers through community outreach.
Ken Jacob was appointed to serve as the Deputy Director of the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations in December 2013. Prior to this appointment, Jacob served as the Acting Director for Division of Employment Security. He also served in the Missouri Legislature, both in the House and Senate, ran state programs for youth non-for-profit organizations, and was the Chair of the Labor and Industrial Relations Commission in 2004.
Jacob earned two bachelor’s degrees (economics and history), two master’s degrees (public administration, educational counseling and personnel management), and his law degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia.