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:
Address: 1400 Executive Pkwy., Suite 200, Eugene 97401
Address: 3865 Wolverine St. NE, Bldg. E-1, Salem 97305
Information about this agency's divisions, offices, programs, etc.
Address: 800 NE Oregon St., Suite 1045, Portland 97232
Phone: 971-673-0761; Oregon Relay System TTY: 711
Contact: Val Hoyle, Commissioner of the Bureau of Labor and Industries
Legal and Legislative Information
Statutory Authority: ORS Chapter 651
Records, Publications and General Information
- a brief sketch about the commissioner's background and role
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
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Title: Apprenticeship Council Correspondence and Reports
Cubic Ft.: 7.3
Title: Apprenticeship Council Director's Correspondence Files
Cubic Ft.: 1
Title: Apprenticeship Council (State) Committee Minutes
Cubic Ft.: 1
Title: Apprenticeship Council Subject Files
Cubic Ft.: 1.5
Title: Apprenticeship Council Trades Correspondence Files
Cubic Ft.: .5
Title: Apprenticeship Council Veterans Administration Records
Cubic Ft.: 1.3
Title: Apprenticeship & Training Committee Minutes
Cubic Ft.: 34
Title: Apprenticeship, United States Bureau of, Correspondence
Cubic Ft.: .4
Title: Civil Rights-Sex Discrimination, Oregon Ad Hoc Committee
Cubic Ft.: .2
Title: Commissioners' Correspondence Subject Files
Cubic Ft.: 2
Title: Correspondence and Reports
Dates: ca. 1926-1945
Cubic Ft.: 11.5
Title: Migrant Labor Interviews
Cubic Ft.: 3
Title: Wage & Hour Commission Minutes
Cubic Ft.: 1