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 Oregon Legislature founded the Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) in 1903, with the mission to protect employment rights, advance employment opportunities and protect access to housing and public accommodations that are free from unlawful discrimination. 

The commissioner enforces state laws prohibiting discrimination in employment, housing, public accommodation and vocational, professional and trade schools. The commissioner has the authority to initiate a “commissioner’s complaint” on behalf of victims of discrimination.

Through the Wage and Hour Division, the commissioner administers state laws relating to wages, hours of employment, basic working conditions, child labor and prevailing wage rates, and licenses certain labor contractors to protect the workers they employ. The division oversees the Wage Security Fund that covers workers for unpaid wages in certain business closures and enforces group health insurance termination notification provisions.

The commissioner also directs the state’s registered apprenticeship training system that gives workers the opportunity to learn a job skill while earning a living. The program benefits employers by providing a pool of skilled workers to meet business and industry demands.

The agency works to support and train employers so that they can more easily comply with frequently complex state and federal employment law. The Administrative Prosecution Unit prosecutes the agency’s contested wage and hour and civil rights complaints. The commissioner issues final orders in all contested cases, except commissioner’s complaints.

BOLI employs nearly 100 professionals and is headquartered in Portland. Regional offices are located in Eugene and Salem.

BOLI Regional Offices:

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

Salem
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: Val Hoyle, Commissioner of the Bureau of Labor and Industries
Administrative Rules Coordinator Email: Marcia Ohlemiller
Records Officer Email: Marcia Ohlemiller 
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Legal and Legislative Information

Statutory Authority: ORS Chapter 651
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Records, Publications and General Information

Biography - a brief sketch about the commissioner's background and role
Agency History - a detailed history of the agency
Records Retention Schedule - a list of the public records kept at the agency

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