Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries Article

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Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries
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Type: Nonpartisan
Selection:Statewide election
Term:4 years
Authority: Statute
Name: Brad Avakian
Term ends:2012

The Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) is an agency in the executive branch of the government of the U.S. state of Oregon. It is headed by the Commissioner of Labor and Industries, a nonpartisan, statewide elective office. The term of office is four years. [1] The current Commissioner is Brad Avakian.


In 1903, the Oregon Legislative Assembly created the Bureau of Labor Statistics and Inspector of Factories and Workshops in response to public concerns about the effects industrialization on society. Its head, titled Commissioner, was initially appointed by the Governor. O. P. Hoff, the initial appointee, was elected in 1906, and reelected in 1910 and 1914. [2]

Dan Gardner of Milwaukie was Commissioner from 2003–2008. [3] He resigned in March 2008 to take a job with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers in Washington, D.C.. [3] He is the first Commissioner of BOLI to leave mid-term for another job. His replacement was Brad Avakian, who was re-elected to the position in 2008. [4]

Commissioner duties and responsibilities

The Commissioner serves as chief executive of the department-level Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries, chairs the State Apprenticeship and Training Council, and acts as executive secretary of the Wage and Hour Commission. [1]

He or she has enforcement responsibility for state laws prohibiting discrimination in employment, housing, public accommodation, and vocational, professional and trade schools, and may initiate a “commissioner’s complaint” on behalf of victims. [1]

The Commissioner administers state laws regulating wages, hours of employment, basic working conditions, child labor and wage rates; and is responsible for licensure of certain professions and industries. Final orders in contested cases are issued by the commissioner. [1]

The Wage Security Fund that covers workers for unpaid wages in certain business closure situations, and enforcement of group-health insurance termination-notification provisions fall within the Commissioner's purview. He or she is also responsible for oversight of the state’s registered apprenticeship-training system. [1]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Commissioner of Labor and Industries Dan Gardner". Oregon Bluebook (Online). Oregon Secretary of State. 2006. Retrieved 2006-12-10.
  2. ^ "Bureau of Labor and Industries – Labor and Industries Commissioners". Oregon Bluebook (Online). Oregon Secretary of State. 2006. Retrieved 2012-07-19.
  3. ^ a b Wong, Peter (April 5, 2008). "State labor chief will take oath of office". The Statesman Journal.
  4. ^ "Avakian in for Gardner". The Register-Guard. March 23, 2008.

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