Category Archives: Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI)

Age discrimination: Intel investigation drags on for years, worker protections lag

Testifying before Congress this fall, the new chairwoman of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission outlined the agency’s top principles – first among them, a responsibility to promptly investigate discrimination complaints. “We owe it to these employees as well as everyone else involved to honor their courage by swiftly addressing their concerns,” commission chairwoman Janet […]
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Hispanic ex-employee calls Washington County workplace hostile

Glenda Quezada resigned; seeks $350,000 in damages plus actual economic losses. A former employee has alleged that Washington County fostered a hostile work environment while she worked in the environmental health program. Source: Pamplin Media Group – Hispanic ex-employee calls Washington County workplace hostile

Ex-spokeswoman settles complaint with Jackson County Fire District 3

The former spokesperson for Jackson County Fire District No. 3 has left the agency with a six-figure settlement after the state found “substantial evidence” that a deputy chief had retaliated against her for complaining of sexual harassment. Ashley Blakely agreed in October to withdraw a civil rights complaint filed with the Bureau of Labor and […]
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New Oregon pregnant breast milk religious employee work accommodations

Most Salem employers – depending on size – must meet requests related to pregnancy, religion and expression of breast milk. Source: New Oregon pregnant breast milk religious employee work accommodations

Hoyle: Be proactive to avoid workplace gripes

A cornerstone of our approach is working with businesses around the state to help them navigate complex – and frequently changing – workplace rules to avoid violations before they occur. At a time when workplace protections are being stalled or rolled back at the federal level, Oregon is showing there’s a smarter, more effective way […]
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Hoyle: The best way to avoid workplace complaints? Be proactive 

‘As I travel the state, few businesses I talk to want to see us join the race to the bottom.’ Source: Hoyle: The best way to avoid workplace complaints? Be proactive

East Oregonians encouraged to apply for BOLI position

According to a press release from Rep. Greg Barreto, the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries has extended the recruitment for the new Eastern Oregon Employer Assistance and Apprenticeship Coordinator position. A number of applications have been received, but BOLI would like to see more candidates who live and have worked east of the Cascades. […]
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KCC to host BOLI supervisory seminar in November

Registration is available for a two-day Bureau of Labor and Industries “Effective Supervisory Practices” seminar, which will be hosted by Klamath Community College, according to a news release. The seminar is for business owners and employees with a focus on improving their skills. The seminar will be in the KCC Conference Center, from 9 a.m. […]
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Employment Law Conference will help employers navigate new workplace rules

The Bureau of Labor and Industries will hold its 35th annual Employment Law Conference Nov. 4-5 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland. The employer training event will feature more than 30 sessions on topics such as workplace harassment, pay equity, trouble employees, final pay and I-9 updates. This year’s conference will also include sessions […]
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Former housing authority administrator fired

Sims hopes to clear her name. A top administrator for the Northwest Oregon Housing Authority was fired in June following the results of an investigation into her conduct. Among the allegations against former deputy director Teresa Sims was that she falsified records to secure affordable housing for her son and fellow employee, Benjamin Navidad. Source: […]
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