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About Us
Vision
A strong and growing Oregon economy that reflects the values of fairness, equality, and opportunity.
Mission Statement

The mission of the Bureau of Labor and Industries is to protect employment rights, advance employment opportunities, and protect access to housing and public accommodations free from discrimination.
 
The four principal duties of the Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) are to: (1) 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; (2) encourage and enforce compliance with state laws relating to wages, hours, terms and conditions of employment; (3) educate and train employers to understand and comply with both wage and hour and civil rights law; and (4) 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.

BOLI Affirmative Action Plan 2017-2019 Biennium

BOLI Agency Request Budget 2019-21 Biennium

BOLI has offices in Portland, Salem, and Eugene.  For contact information and field office locations, click here.

Organization

Office of the Labor Commissioner 
 
Commissioner Val Hoyle was elected to be the tenth Oregon Commissioner of the Bureau of Labor and Industries in May 2018. She took office on January 7, 2019.

The Commissioner's Office provides policy direction for, and overall management of, all of the bureau's programs.  Internal support services provide budget and fiscal control, employee services, and information systems management.

The Technical Assistance for Employers Program (TA Program), housed within the Commissioner’s office, keeps the business community informed about employment laws and potential compliance issues. The program provides assistance by telephone and email as well through online factsheets, pamphlets and other written materials. The program publishes employer handbooks and composite posters and presents live seminars and web-based trainings around the state. 

Staff typically respond to more than 25,000 email and phone inquiries and conduct more than 120 seminars each year. 

The Administrative Prosecution Unit (APU) initiates and prosecutes contested case proceedings on behalf of the Civil Rights Division or Wage and Hour Division.  An administrative law judge (ALJ) who is employed by BOLI but separate and independent of the APU presides over all contested case proceedings. 

APU resolves approximately 200 cases each year through the contested case process.​ 

Civil Rights Division 
 
The Civil Rights Division (CRD) enforces laws granting individuals equal access to jobs, career schools, promotions, and a work environment free from discrimination and harassment. These laws ensure that workers' jobs are protected when they report worksite safety violations, use family leave or the worker's compensation system. Civil rights laws also provide protection for those seeking housing or using place of public accommodation such as retail establishments, or transportation. 
 
CRD fields nearly 30,000 inquiries from potential complainants each year and investigates approximately 2,000 complaints of discrimination each year. 

 
Wage and Hour Division
 
The Wage and Hour Division (WHD) serves Oregon wage earners by enforcing laws covering state minimum wage and overtime requirements, working conditions, child labor, labor contracting, and wage collection. The division also enforces the payment of prevailing wage on public works projects.
 
WHD processes about 1,400 wage claims and conducts about 35 labor contractor and 20 child labor investigations each year.
  
Apprenticeship and Training Division
 
The Apprenticeship and Training Division (ATD) oversees registered apprenticeship in a number of trades and occupations, working with business, labor, government and schools to increase training and employment opportunities. Apprenticeship is occupational training that combines supervised on-the-job experience with classroom training. Industry and individual employers design and control the training programs and pay apprentices' wages. ATD works with local apprenticeship committees across the state to ensure that apprenticeship programs provide quality training and equal employment opportunities, particularly for women and minorities in technical and craft occupations.

ATD currently monitors compliance of 146 active apprenticeship programs and the participation of over 9,800 apprentices and 4,400 employers in Oregon.

Programs
 
Several boards and citizen advisory groups help the bureau develop policy and advise the commissioner. These include: 
 
The Oregon State Apprenticeship and Training Council sets policy for apprenticeship and training and registers individual programs. The council is chaired by the BOLI Commissioner, has 8 voting members, appointed by the governor and confirmed by the state Senate. The Council represents industry, labor and the public.
 
The Prevailing Wage Advisory Committee advises and assists in the administration of the prevailing wage rate law. Advisory committee members are appointed by the Commissioner and include representatives from management and labor in the building and construction industry who perform work on public works contracts and other interested parties.
   
The Oregon Council on Civil Rights serves to advise the commissioner, BOLI and the state generally on matters related to the education about and enforcement of civil rights in Oregon. 
 


 
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