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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.

Mission Statement
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.

Annual Performance Measures

Labor Commissioner
Oregon State Apprenticeship and Training Council
Wage and Hour Commission
Advisory Committee on Prevailing Wage Rate Law
Oregon Council on Civil and Human Rights
Civil Rights Division
Enforce civil rights laws
Investigate civil rights complaints
Advise and educate workers about their civil rights
Wage and Hour Division
Investigate wage complaints
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
Apprenticeship and Training Division
Register apprentices
Work with industry to establish apprenticeship programs
Monitor apprenticeship committee compliance with Equal Employment Opportunity laws
Commissioner's Office and Support Services
Develop policy
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

The Apprenticeship and Training Division promotes apprenticeship in a variety of occupations and trades and works with business, labor, government and educational institutions to increase training and employment opportunities in apprenticeship occupations. Apprenticeship is occupational training that combines on-the-job experience with classroom instruction. 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 in technical and craft occupations provide quality training and equal employment opportunities, particularly for women and minorities.
Quick Facts
  • Approximately 5,000 apprentices are registered in Oregon this year.
  • There are 121 different occupations that train workers as apprentices in Oregon.
  • Minority participation in apprenticeship programs is currently more than 14.5 percent.
  • Approximately six percent of apprentices are female.

For information on becoming an apprentice call: 971-673-0760 in Portland; 503-378-2313 in Salem; 541-322-2435 in Bend; or 541-776-6201 in Medford.