Office of Investigations and Enforcement
The Office of Investigations and Enforcement is responsible for investigating complaints involving a possible violation of a professional or occupational practice act. The Office also investigates Labor complaints for wage disputes and child labor.
Main Telephone Number:
FAX: (803) 896-4656 or (803)896-7680
PO Box 11329
Columbia SC 29211-1329
Chief Investigators (Health and Medical Programs Investigations)
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Chief Investigators (Building and Business Programs Investigations)
Investigations / Inspections:
|ROBBIE BOLAND||MARK SANDERS||DAVID LOVE||TODD BOND||SHARON WOLFE|
|COSMETOLOGY||NURSING||LONG TERM CARE||FORESTERS||AUCTIONEERS|
|MOBILE DENTAL||OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY||OPTICIANRY||MANUFACTURED HOUSING||BARBERS|
|PHARMACY||PODIATRY||PHYSICAL THERAPY||RESIDENTIAL BUILDERS||COSMETOLOGY|
|VETERINARY||SPEECH/ AUDIOLOGY||PSYCHOLOGY||SOIL CLASSIFERS||ENGINEERING/ SURVEYING|
How Complaints are Handled
Any initial complaint received indicating a possible violation of a professional or occupational practice act will be screened by the appropriate chief investigator to determine if an investigation is warranted.
The chief investigator will review the complaint, determine issues, assign case number and assign case to an investigator.
When an investigation is conducted, the investigator may inform the respondent in writing that a complaint has been filed, giving the substance of the allegation and asking for a written response to the allegation.
An investigator may draft subpoenas for records relevant to the investigation. The subpoena is approved and signed by the OIE deputy director or his/her designee.
The investigator will complete the investigative process and submit an investigative summary to the chief investigator. The chief investigator will review and approve investigative report.
Payment of Wages Investigations
The payment of wages law was designed with two objectives: to establish a procedure to inform employees of their terms of employment, to include hours of work, wages agreed upon, employee benefits, time and place of payment and an itemized statement of gross wages and deduction; to assure employees are paid according to the terms of their employment.
Any wage complaint received indicating a possible violation of the wage payment statute will be screened by the appropriate chief investigator to determine whether complaint falls within the jurisdiction of the Payment of Wage Law.
The chief investigator will review the complaints, determine issues and assign the case to an investigator when an employee alleges unpaid wages, commissions and/or benefits.
The investigator conducts investigations of employers to insure compliance with the Payment of Wage statute. When the investigator completes the investigation, he/she will submit an investigative report to the chief investigator for review. After review by the chief investigator, if violations are found, sanctions such as citations and warnings will be issued to employer.
An employer can contest any citation to the Administrative Law Court.