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OTIA III State Bridge Delivery Program
State agency programs
Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program
On-the-Job Training Program
Marie E. McHone, Office of Civil Rights Manager
(503) 986-5753
Consumer and Business Services
Preferred Worker Program
Workers Compensation Division
Greg Malkasian, Deputy Director
(503) 947-7872
Greg Hickman, Deputy Director
(503) 947-1476
Bureau of Labor and Industries
Apprenticeship Program
Prevailing Wage
Annette Talbott, Deputy Commissioner
(503) 731-4896
Economic and Community Development
Economic Development Programs
Jack Isselmann, Public Affairs Manager
(503) 986-0105

Labor Compliance Program
Labor Compliance Program Document

Apprenticeship and Training
JOBS Plus Program
The Unemployment Insurance JOBS Plus Program is administered by the Employment Department on behalf of persons claiming unemployment insurance and for employers who seek experienced workers who bring along a wage subsidy. Employers offer limited work experience and, in return, job seekers have an opportunity to demonstrate that they are desirable as regular employees. The program provides a 13-week work experience for Unemployment Insurance claimants only.
For more information: http://findit.emp.state.or.us/emprsvcs/jobsplus.cfm

Preferred Worker Program
The Department of Consumer and Business Services’ Worker’s Compensation Division administers the Preferred Worker Program. This program encourages the re-employment of qualified Oregon workers who have permanent disabilities from on-the-job injuries and who are not able to return to their regular employment because of those injuries.
  • For up to three years, employers are exempt from paying workers’ compensation insurance premiums on this worker.
  • The cost of any new injury claim that occurs during the premium exemption period is reimbursed; the employer’s workers’ compensation rates would not increase because of this injury.
  • Half of the gross wages paid to this worker during the first six months on the job can be reimbursed.
  • Money is available to pay for worksite accommodation of the worker if it is needed.
For more information: http://www.oregonwcd.org/rdrs/rau/pwp/jobmatch_empwhyuse.html

ODOT Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program
The Oregon Department of Transportation is committed to a Civil Rights Program to encourage the participation of Disadvantaged Business Enterprises in contracting opportunities.
The U.S. Department of Transportation regulates the DBE program and establishes criteria for certification, which applies to DBE-eligible firms seeking contracts funded with federal transportation-related money. A DBE includes small businesses that are at least 51 percent owned by women, minorities (Black Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, Asian-Pacific Americans and Subcontinent Asian Americans) and other individuals on a case-by-case basis.
ODOT's DBE Program Objectives:
  • Ensure that ODOT complies with DBE laws and requirements.
  • Ensure that DBEs can compete fairly for U.S. DOT-funded contracts.
  • Ensure that only eligible firms participate as DBEs.
  • Help develop firms to compete successfully in the marketplace outside the DBE program.
For more information: www.odot.state.or.us/civilrightspub/disadvantaged.html

ODOT On-the-Job Training Program
Objectives of the OJT program:
  • Train the future highway construction workforce.
  • When appropriate, use OJT as an affirmative action tool to assist contractors in meeting their Equal Employment Opportunity obligations.
  • Lead workers into the apprenticeship system through OJT training, which results in journey-level status.
Employees benefit by having an opportunity to learn and gain experience in the construction trades in order to prepare for a career - not just a job. Trainees who go on to complete standardized apprenticeship training can make a living anywhere, and may eventually become construction business owners themselves.
Employers benefit by developing a highly skilled workforce to meet the demands of the future and the opportunity to diversify their workforce. Employers pay trainees a reduced hourly wage during training.
The public benefits from family-wage jobs that add to the economic health of the community while making improvements to Oregon's roads.
For more information: http://www.odot.state.or.us/civilrightspub/onthejobtraining.html

Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries Apprenticeship and Training Division
The Apprenticeship and Training Division promotes apprenticeship in a variety of occupations and trades and works with business, labor, government and education to increase training and employment opportunities in appropriate occupations. Apprenticeship is occupational training that combines on-the-job experience with classroom training. Industry and individual employers design and control the training programs and pay apprentices' wages. The division registers occupational skill standards and agreements between apprentices and employers. It works with local apprenticeship committees across the state to ensure that apprenticeship programs provide quality training and equal employment opportunities, particularly for women and minorities, in technical and craft occupations.
For more information: http://www.boli.state.or.us/apprenticeship/index.html

Workers' Compensation
By law, Oregon employers must carry workers’ compensation insurance or be self-insured. Workers’ compensation insurance protects workers by paying for medical treatment and lost wages and protects employers by shielding them from liability lawsuits that might result from work-related injuries or illnesses.
Employers pay premiums to workers’ compensation insurance companies, and those premiums finance most of the benefits received by workers if they are injured or suffer an occupational disease on the job. The Legislature makes laws determining the level of benefits and who qualifies for benefits. The Department of Consumer and Business Services carries out policy for the governor, regulating Oregon’s workers’ compensation system, making certain that employers provide insurance and ensuring that injured or ill workers receive the benefits due them.
For more information: http://www.cbs.state.or.us/wcd/communications/emp_info.html

Prevailing Wage Rate Law
Oregon’s Prevailing Wage Rate law is modeled after the federal Davis-Bacon prevailing wage laws. The PWR law ensures that contractors compete on their ability to perform work competently and efficiently while maintaining community-established compensation standards. It encourages the training and education of workers in industry skill standards and encourages employers to use the funds allocated by PWR for fringe benefits for the actual purchase of such benefits.
The Bureau of Labor and Industries is responsible for administering and enforcing PWR laws and for educating contractors, subcontractors and public agencies about its requirements.
Public works projects are generally covered by PWR laws if they:
  • Cost $25,000 or more.
  • Are for construction, reconstruction, major renovation or painting.
  • Are not regulated under the federal Davis-Bacon Act.
  • Directly or indirectly use funds of a public agency.
For more information: http://www.boli.state.or.us/wage/pwrbk.html

Consumer and Business Services
Department of Consumer and Business Services
DCBS administers state laws and rules governing workers' compensation, occupational safety and health, building codes, the operation of insurance companies and financial institutions, and securities offerings. The department also has consumer protection and education programs as well as offices and ombudsmen to help consumers, injured workers and businesses.
DCBS's regulatory and service divisions include: Building Codes; Finance and Corporate Securities; Insurance; Occupational Safety and Health; Workers' Compensation; and the Office of Minority, Women and Emerging Small Business, which fosters targeted economic opportunities for disadvantaged businesses.
The department also administers the Oregon Medical Insurance Pool, a component of the Oregon Health Plan that helps provide health insurance coverage for Oregonians who cannot obtain it in the private insurance market. The department provides staff and support for the Workers' Compensation Management-Labor Advisory Committee, which advises the director and the Legislature on workers' compensation issues. The Workers' Compensation Board is an independent adjudicatory body that shares fiscal and management services with the department.
For more information: http://www.cbs.state.or.us/external/dir/dcbs/business.html

Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division
In Oregon, the Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division enforces Oregon's occupational safety and health rules. These rules establish minimum safety and health standards for all industries and outline specific standards for certain individual industries.
OR-OSHA programs help employers implement effective occupational safety and health techniques. OR-OSHA programs also inform workers' compensation insurance companies about their responsibilities under the law and provide training and education for employees and employers about workplace hazards and how to eliminate them.
For more information: http://www.orosha.org/
OSHA Resources: http://www.cbs.state.or.us/external/osha/standards/resource.htm

Economic Development
Oregon Economic and Community Development Department
The Oregon Economic and Community Development Department works with businesses and local communities to create sustainable, quality jobs for all Oregonians at the least cost.
OECDD helps businesses create jobs, retain jobs or relocate to Oregon by offering a variety of programs structured to make it easy for companies to find the help they need—whether it's finding the right site for a new manufacturing facility or finding financing for a small business.
The department also works with local communities to help develop the infrastructure they need to attract business and keep their local economy strong.
For more information: http://www.econ.state.or.us/