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What We Do

Led by Labor Commissioner Val Hoyle, the Bureau of Labor and Industries protects employment rights, advances employment opportunities, and protects access to housing and public accommodations free from discrimination for all Oregonians.

It also regulates and supports apprenticeship programs to develop Oregon's workforce.

The four principal duties of the Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) are to:

  • Protect the rights of workers and individuals to equal, non-discriminatory treatment through the enforcement of anti-discrimination laws that apply to workplaces, housing and public accommodations
  • Encourage and enforce compliance with state laws relating to wages, hours, terms and conditions of employment
  • Educate and train employers to understand and comply with both wage and hour and civil rights law
  • Promote the development of a highly skilled, competitive workforce in Oregon through the apprenticeship program and through partnerships with government, labor, business, and educational institutions.

For all Oregonians

We protect and defend Oregonians' civil rights. We investigate civil rights violations at work, when finding a home, and in public places around the state.

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For workers

We ensure employees are paid what they earn. We enforce laws related to minimum wage, overtime, terms and conditions of employment and prevailing wage rates on public works projects. We also help workers recover wages owed by an employer.

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For employers

Our Technical Assistance for Employers Program (TA) provides a variety of guidance and services to help employees follow the law. This includes statewide public seminars; customized, on-site trainings; employment law manuals and publications; and an assistance hotline that responds to questions from employers via phone and email.

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Apprenticeship and training

Apprenticeships are paid, on-the-job training programs that give Oregonians pathways to family wage jobs.  Promote the development of a highly skilled, competitive workforce in Oregon through the apprenticeship program and through partnerships with government, labor, business, and educational institutions.

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