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Commissioner’s authority

651.050 Duties of commissioner

The Commissioner of the Bureau of Labor and Industries shall cause to be enforced:
    (1) All laws regulating the employment of adults and minors. (2) All laws established for the protection of the health, lives and limbs of persons employed in workshops, factories, mills and other places. (3) All laws enacted for the protection of employees. (4) Laws which declare it to be a misdemeanor on the part of employers to require as a condition of employment the surrender of any rights of citizenship. (5) Laws regulating and prescribing the qualifications of persons in apprenticeable trades and crafts, and similar laws. [Amended by 1959 c.406 §31; 1979 c.225 §2; 1981 c.851 §1; 1987 c.414 §90; 1995 c.386 §3]

651.120 Entry and examination of workplaces 

    (1) The Commissioner of the Bureau of Labor and Industries may: (a) Enter any factory, mill, office, workshop, or public or private works, at any reasonable time, for the purpose of gathering facts such as are contemplated by ORS 279C.850, 652.330, 653.045 and 659A.835. (b) Examine into the methods of protection from danger to employees, and the sanitary conditions in and around such buildings and places, and make a record thereof. (2) An owner or occupant, or the respective agent, of any factory, mill, office, or workshop, or public or private works, may not refuse to allow an inspector or employee of the Bureau of Labor and Industries to enter. [Amended by 1979 c.225 §4; 2001 c.621 §86; 2003 c.794 §306; 2013 c.296 §14] 

653.040 Powers of commissioner; rules

The Commissioner of the Bureau of Labor and Industries, in addition to the commissioner’s other powers, may:

    (1) Investigate and ascertain the wages of persons employed in any occupation or place of employment in the state. (2) Require from an employer statements, including sworn statements, with respect to wages, hours, names and addresses and such other information pertaining to the employer’s employees or their employment as the commissioner considers necessary to carry out ORS 653.010 to 653.261. (3) Make such rules as the commissioner considers appropriate to carry out the purposes of ORS 653.010 to 653.261, or necessary to prevent the circumvention or evasion of ORS 653.010 to 653.261 and to establish and safeguard the minimum wage rates provided for under ORS 653.010 to 653.261. [1967 c.596 §8; 1985 c.99 §4; 2003 c.2 §2; 2005 c.22 §458]