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  • Oregon Law: No Tip Credit
    In Oregon, tips are tips.
    Employers can't pay workers less than the minimum wage by counting tips as salary, like they can in some other states. If you're getting tips taken out of your wages, that's illegal. Contact BOLI.
    Find out more about Oregon’s rules on wages, overtime, and working conditions on our Frequently Asked Questions page.
  • Same work, Same Experience, Same Pay

    Oregon’s new equal pay law went into effect on January 1, 2019.

    The updated law clarifies what is considered unlawful wage discrimination and adds protections to ensure greater fairness and equity for all Oregonians in the workplace.​ 

    Help make Pay Equity the norm in Oregon: find details and FAQs for employers and employees here​.

BOLI Overview Bureau Services

What does the Bureau of Labor and Industries do?
BOLI protects employment rights, advance employment opportunities, and ensures access to housing and public accommodations free from discrimination.

BOLI's core mission:
  1. Protect the rights of workers and citizens to equal, non-discriminatory treatment through the enforcement of anti-discrimination laws that apply to workplaces, housing and public accommodations
  2. Encourage and enforce compliance with state wages and hour laws and terms and conditions of employment
  3. Educate and train employers to understand and comply with both wage and hour and civil rights law
  4. Promote the development of a highly skilled, competitive workforce in Oregon through apprenticeship programs and partnerships with business, government, labor and educational institution

Meet Oregon Labor Commissioner Val Hoyle

Boards and Advisory Committees
BOLI and the Commissioner oversee critical committees dealing with workforce development and prevailing wage rate law.
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For All Oregonians
The Civil Rights Division (CRD) protects all Oregonians from unlawful discrimination, investigating allegations of civil rights violations in workplaces, career schools, housing and public accommodations. Visit CRD for more information.
For Employers
BOLI's Technical Assistance for Employers Program (TA) provides a variety of employer services including: public seminars around the state; customized, on-site trainings; employment law manuals and publications; and an assistance hotline that responds to questions from employers via phone and email. Visit TA for more information about BOLI services for employers.
For Employees
The Wage and Hour Division (WHD) defends Oregonians' rights in the workplace, enforcing laws related to minimum wage, overtime, terms and conditions of employment and prevailing wage rates on public works projects. WHD can help workers recover wages owed by an employer--visit WHD's page for more information.
Apprenticeship and Training
Apprenticeship is occupational skill training that combines on-the-job experience with classroom instruction. A partnership of employers, workers, the State of Oregon, and a variety of and schools community colleges, apprenticeship trains workers to meet industry standards for a given occupation. Visit the Apprenticeship and Training Division to learn more about apprenticeship programs and opportunities.