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The State Office Building in Portland houses the central offices of the Bureau of Labor and Industries. (Oregon State Archives Photo)

The State Office Building in Portland houses the central offices of the Bureau of Labor and Industries. (Oregon State Archives Photo)

Present Duties

The Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) was created by the 1903 Legislature, and the first labor commissioner was elected in 1906. The bureau was created to oversee the rapidly developing industrial workplace and to protect workers, especially minors. Its original responsibilities included inspecting mills, factories and schools as well as enforcing pay regulations and helping workers collect wages.

 

Today, the bureau enforces anti-discrimination laws in workplaces and public accommodations, enforces wage and hour laws and investigates violations, educates employers to avoid unnecessary worker complaints and partners with labor, business and other organizations to develop a highly-skilled, competitive workforce in Oregon.

 

BOLI is headquartered in Portland and has regional offices in Bend, Eugene, Medford, Pendleton and Salem.

 

Agency Subdivisions

Information about this agency's divisions, offices, programs, etc.

 

Contact Information

Mailing Address: 800 NE Oregon St., Suite 1045, Portland 97232
Telephone: 971-673-0761; Oregon Relay System TTY: 711
Fax: 971-673-0762
General E-mail: mailb@boli.state.or.us
Contact: Brad Avakian, Commissioner of Labor and Industries
Administrative Rules Coordinator E-mail: Marcia Ohlemiller
Records Officer E-mail: Marcia Ohlemiller
Staff Directory from Oregon.gov
Location Map: by Yahoo! Maps


Legal and Legislative Information

Statutory Authority: ORS Chapter 651
Budget Analysis (pdf) - by Legislative Fiscal Office
Audit Reports - select agency from menu


Records, Publications and General Information

Biography - a brief sketch about the commissioner's background and role

Agency History (pdf) - a detailed history of the agency
Records Retention Schedule (pdf) - a list of the public records kept at the agency
State Archives Holdings - a select list of the agency's records available for research at the State Archives
State Library Publications - a link to the Oregon State Library Catalog