About Labor & Industry
The Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) employs more than 5,000 workers in 200 offices statewide. Established in 1913, the department originally inspected the working conditions in factories around the state. Over time, the department's responsibilities expanded.
L&I administers benefits to unemployed individuals, oversees the administration of workers' compensation benefits to individuals with job related injuries, and provides vocational rehabilitation to individuals with disabilities. The department prepares job seekers for the global workforce through employment and job training services for adult, youth, older workers, and dislocated workers. In addition, L&I enforces various laws and safety standards in the workplace and administers the commonwealth's programs for community service by young Pennsylvanians.
L&I also promotes economic development and an improved business climate through a variety of initiatives and programs to help Pennsylvania's workforce remain world-class and globally competitive.
Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry
On May 13, 2015, Kathy M. Manderino was unanimously confirmed by the Pennsylvania Senate to serve as Pennsylvania's 34th Secretary of the Department of Labor & Industry.
Prior to her nomination, Manderino ran a campaign to establish a fair funding formula for Pennsylvania’s public schools. Before that, she was the senior vice president of Intercommunity Action, Inc., a human services agency with more than 200 employees and annual revenue of $20 million. Previously, Manderino served the 194th district in Philadelphia and Montgomery counties in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for 18 years. She served on various committees and chaired the house ethics committee, appropriations subcommittee on human services, and judiciary subcommittee on family law. Before being elected to the House of Representatives, Manderino was a private practice attorney in Philadelphia.
Manderino earned a bachelor's degree in public service from the Pennsylvania State University and her Juris Doctor degree from the Temple University School of Law.