Bureau of Labor and Industries

Present Duties

State Office Building
The State Office Building in Portland houses the central offices of the Bureau of Labor and Industries. (Oregon State Archives Photo)
The mission of the Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) is to protect employment rights, advance employment opportunities and protect access to housing and public accommodations that are free from unlawful discrimination. The Oregon Legislature founded the agency in 1903.
The principal duties of BOLI are to protect the rights of workers and citizens to have equal, non-discriminatory treatment through the enforcement of anti-discrimination laws that apply to workplaces, housing and public accommodations; to encourage and enforce compliance with state laws relating to wages, hours, and terms and conditions of employment; to educate and train employers to understand and comply with both wage and hour, and civil rights law; and to 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 employs nearly 100 professionals and is headquartered in Portland. Regional offices can be found in Eugene and Salem.

BOLI Regional Offices:

Address: 1400 Executive Pkwy., Suite 200, Eugene 97401
Phone: 541-686-7623
Fax: 541-686-7980

Address: 3865 Wolverine St. NE, Bldg. E-1, Salem 97305
Phone: 503-378-3292
Fax: 503-378-7636

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Contact Information

Address: 800 NE Oregon St., Suite 1045, Portland 97232
Phone: 971-673-0761; Oregon Relay System TTY: 711
Fax: 971-673-0762
Contact: Brad Avakian, Commissioner of the Bureau of Labor and Industries
Administrative Rules Coordinator Email: Marcia Ohlemiller 
Records Officer Email: Marcia Ohlemiller 
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Statutory Authority: ORS Chapter 651
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State Archives Holdings from This Agency

The following are selected abbreviated listings from the holdings of the Oregon State Archives. Additional records may be available. These records may be viewed free of charge at the State Archives Building in Salem. Copies are available for a fee. Take the Web tour for more information about visiting or ordering copies from the Oregon State Archives.
Title: Apprenticeship Council Correspondence and Reports
Dates: 1945-1958
Cubic Ft.: 7.3
Title: Apprenticeship Council Director's Correspondence Files
Dates: 1950-1952
Cubic Ft.: 1
Title: Apprenticeship Council (State) Committee Minutes
Dates: 1936-1967
Cubic Ft.: 1
Title: Apprenticeship Council Subject Files
Dates: 1946-1955
Cubic Ft.: 1.5
Title: Apprenticeship Council Trades Correspondence Files
Dates: 1946-1952
Cubic Ft.: .5
Title: Apprenticeship Council Veterans Administration Records
Dates: 1945-1960
Cubic Ft.: 1.3
Title: Apprenticeship & Training Committee Minutes
Dates: 1939-1986
Cubic Ft.: 34
Title: Apprenticeship, United States Bureau of, Correspondence
Dates: 1955-1958
Cubic Ft.: .4
Title: Civil Rights-Sex Discrimination, Oregon Ad Hoc Committee
Dates: 1969-1971
Cubic Ft.: .2
Title: Commissioners' Correspondence Subject Files
Dates: 1927-1943
Cubic Ft.: 2
Title: Correspondence and Reports
Dates: ca. 1926-1945
Cubic Ft.: 11.5
Title: Migrant Labor Interviews
Dates: 1958
Cubic Ft.: 3
Title: Wage & Hour Commission Minutes
Dates: 1953-1989
Cubic Ft.: 1