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What We Do

BOLI mission

Led by Labor Commissioner Christina Stephenson, the Bureau of Labor and Industries protects workers’ rights through enforcement of state labor laws, ensures access to housing and public accommodations free from discrimination for all Oregonians, and promotes the development of a highly skilled workforce through registered apprenticeship programs.  

Core values

Protection for workers

BOLI ensures Oregon workers have access to their rights by investigating worker claims and complaints and enforcing state laws relating to wages, hours, terms and conditions of employment.  

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Equity in public spaces

BOLI enforces civil rights in public spaces and housing, defending Oregonians against discrimination, harassment, and retaliation based on their protected classes.

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Empowerment through registered apprenticeship

BOLI advances employment opportunities and promotes the development of a highly skilled, competitive workforce in Oregon through registered apprenticeship programs. 

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Education and support for employers

BOLI helps employers navigate and comply with wage and hour and civil rights laws through support, education, and training.

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Accountability with integrity

In cases where there is substantial evidence of unlawful practice, BOLI pursues justice through conciliation, corrective action, settlement, or taking the case to an administrative hearing. 


The Bureau of Labor and Industries strives to make Oregon the best place to live and work. Our vision is rooted in the belief that every individual deserves to be treated with fairness, respect, and dignity in their work environment and in public spaces. We are committed to ensuring equal opportunities, and promoting the development of a highly skilled workforce. Through our enforcement, education, and advocacy, we strive to create a labor market where dignity, respect, and prosperity are the foundation of every workplace.   

Interested in learning more about BOLI's history? 

Read BOLI: 120 Years of Service to Working Oregonians, a history of BOLI by Bob Bussel, Ph.D, director of the Labor Education and Research Center at the University of Oregon.