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Apprenticeship

Apprenticeship programs give workers high-quality on-the-job training and classroom instruction.

Use these tools and resources to become an apprentice, start a program, or manage an existing program.

Oregon Apprenticeship

Apprenticeship programs give workers high-quality on-the-job training and classroom instruction. Find a program, learn more, or start a program

What We Do

Led by Labor Commissioner Val Hoyle, the Bureau of Labor and Industries protects employment rights, advances employment opportunities, and protects access to housing and public accommodations free from discrimination for all Oregonians.

It also regulates and supports apprenticeship programs to develop Oregon’s workforce.

The four principle duties of the Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) are to:

  • Protect the rights of workers and individuals to equal, non-discriminatory treatment through the enforcement of anti-discrimination laws that apply to workplaces, housing and public accommodations
  • Encourage and enforce compliance with state laws relating to wages, hours, terms and conditions of employment
  • Educate and train employers to understand and comply with both wage and hour and civil rights law
  • 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.

For all Oregonians

We protect and defend Oregonians’ civil rights. We investigate civil rights violations at work, when finding a home, and in public places around the state.

For workers

We ensure employees are paid what they earn. We enforce laws related to minimum wage, overtime, terms and conditions of employment and prevailing wage rates on public works projects. We also help workers recover wages owed by an employer.

For employers

Our Technical Assistance for Employers Program (TA) provides a variety of guidance and services to help employees follow the law. This includes statewide public seminars; customized, on-site trainings; employment law manuals and publications; and an assistance hotline that responds to questions from employers via phone and email.

Apprenticeship and training

Apprenticeships are paid, on-the-job training programs that give Oregonians pathways to family wage jobs.  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.

Trainings for apprenticeship programs

Trainings are available for apprenticeship programs and adminstrators to help you manage your Oregon program.

Current training offerings include…
Program Operations for New Programs/New Administrators:
This training is designed to help new programs and those new to administering registered apprenticeship programs understand the regulatory requirements that govern the Oregon apprenticeship training system. All newly registered committees and new program administrators are required to take this training.
This training will provide:
  • Guidance on the requirements for all registered apprenticeship programs in the State of Oregon
  • The fundamentals of the registration, movement, and completion of apprentices in the apprenticeship system
  • Best practices in apprentice, training agent, and committee management
Oregon Apprenticeship Tracking System (OATS)
The Oregon Apprenticeship Tracking System, or OATS, is a web application required to be used by registered apprenticeship programs to document all actions and activities throughout the life-cycles of apprentices, training agents, and committee members. OATS allows administrators and coordinators to have quick access to information about the status of apprentices and training agents as well as an overview of the demographics of their program(s).

Participants in this training will:

  • Understand how the OATS program assists apprenticeship staff with the administration of their program
  • Learn how to navigate the web-based OATS application
  • Electronically manage apprentices, training agents, and committee members using OATS

Your Rights at Work

Oregon laws protect workers and ensure that you are paid for the work you do.

You get breaks and meal periods to rest during your shift, and sick time to care for yourself and your loved ones when you need it. If you have a child or someone in your family needs longer-term care, you can rest assured your job will be waiting for you when you return.
You’re protected from harassment and discrimination on the job (and in our state) — you can’t be treated differently because of your race, gender, disability, age, and other protected characteristics.
If your employer is breaking the law, we are here to help you take action. You can learn more about filing a complaint here, in the sections below, or contact us: 971-673-0761 or help@boli.state.or.us.
Q Minimum wage ​​​

You must get paid at least Oregon’s hourly minimum wage.

The minimum wage you should get depends on which county you work in, but no matter what you should make at least $11.50 per hour (some areas are higher).​

The minimum wage goes up every year. The next increase is on July 1, 2020.

Q Overtime

​If you work more than 40 hours in one week, you must receive overtime pay of 1.5 times your regula​r pay rate. There are some exceptions but they are uncommon.

Q Paychecks ​E

​Employers are​ required to pay you on a regular payday schedule.
Paydays may not be more than 35 days apart.
Employers may not withhold or delay your paychecks as a form of discipline or in exchange for the return of employer-owned items held by the employee.
​There are strict requirements that apply to the payment of final wages when you are fired, laid off, or quit.

Deductions​ from paychecks are allowed if legally required (such as taxes) or if you voluntarily agree in writing and the deduction is for your benefit. Your paycheck must show the amount and purpose of each deduction.

Q Equal pay for equal work

Every worker must get equal pay for equal work regardless of your gender, race, age, or other protected characteristics.
Your employer must pay you the same amount as other people doing comparable work (including wages, bonuses, benefits, and more).
It’s illegal for your employer to pay you less than someone else because of your race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, veteran status, disability or age.
Your employer can’t give someone a pay cut to make their pay equal with other employees.

Q Sick time

Oregon law gives all workers sick time.
All Oregon workers get protected sick time. You get at least 1 hour of protected sick time for every 30 hours you work up to 40 hours per year. (Employers can choose to frontload at least 40 hours of sick time at the beginning of the year.)
You can use sick time for many reasons, including if you or a family member is sick, injured, experiencing mental illness, or need to visit the doctor.
You get paid sick time if your employer has 10 or more employees (6 or more if they have a location in Portland). Otherwise, sick time is protected but unpaid.
You can start taking sick time after you’ve worked for at least 90 days.
Your employer must regularly let you know how much sick time you have earned.

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