The Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) was created by the 1903 Legislature. The first labor commissioner, O.P. Hoff, was also the Bureau's first and only employee, responsible for enforcing child labor laws, the 10-hour working day for women and the factory inspection law. Today the Bureau's Civil Rights Division, Wage and Hour Division, Apprenticeship Division and Technical Assistance for Employers Program serve Oregonians in a variety of ways. BOLI has offices in Portland, Salem, Eugene, Bend, Medford and Pendleton, employs 106 people and has a total, two-year budget of approximately $20 million.
The Bureau of Labor and Industries promotes the development of a highly-skilled, competitive workforce in Oregon through partnerships with government, labor, business, and educational institutions. It protects the rights of workers and citizens to equal, non-discriminatory treatment; encourages and enforces compliance with state laws relating to wages, hours, terms and conditions of employment; and advocates policies that balance the demands of the workplace and employers with the protections of workers and their families.
Oregonians who feel they have been discriminated against or who have not received their proper wages can call the Bureau of Labor and Industries or visit our web site for information and for help filing a complaint. The Bureau also promotes development of a skilled work force through its apprenticeship and training programs and provides education to the state's employers through its technical assistance services.
Oregon State Apprenticeship and Training Council
Civil Rights Division
Wage and Hour Commission
Advisory Committee on Prevailing Wage Rate Law
Oregon Council on Civil and Human Rights
Enforce civil rights laws
Investigate civil rights complaints
Advise and educate workers about their civil rights
Wage and Hour Division
Investigate wage complaints
Apprenticeship and Training Division
Enforce child labor laws
License farm and forest labor contractors
Administer prevailing wage rate laws
Enforce minimum wage and wage collection laws
Advise and educate workers about wage and hour laws
Commissioner's Office and Support Services
Work with industry to establish apprenticeship programs
Monitor apprenticeship committee compliance with Equal Employment Opportunity laws
Provide accounting and data processing services to the agency
Provide public information
Advise and educate employers about compliance issues
Hold contested case hearings and issue legal decisions
To help Oregon employers comply with employment laws, the Bureau of Labor and Industries Technical Assistance for Employers Unit offers telephone and web-based information, pamphlets, fact sheets, handbooks, posters, and general and customized seminars and workshops. Quick Facts
- Staff answer 25,000 telephone inquiries from employers annually.
- The program publishes employer handbooks
- The program has required state posters for employers, available free in English and Spanish. A seven-in-one poster, Commonly Required Postings for Oregon Employers, is also available for purchase and includes both state and federal required posters.
- Trainers conduct more than 120 seminars per year, open to employers throughout the State and provide customized seminars upon request.
- Technical Assistance trains on average 5,000 to 6,000 managers, supervisors and employers each year.
For more information about Technical Assistance, call 971-673-0824 in Portland or go to www.oregon.gov/boli/ta.