OBI Steering Committee Meets with BOLI Commissioner-Elect Val Hoyle

Published Thursday, October 11, 2018

Oregon Business & Industry’s (OBI) Employment Practices Steering Committee met with Val Hoyle, commissioner-elect of the Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI), during its regular meeting on October 5. Noting her background in business and the state legislature, Hoyle emphasized the need to change BOLI’s relationship with the business community. Her first priority in the upcoming legislative session is to expand resources available to employers through BOLI’s program, Technical Assistance for Employers. Hoyle expressed the importance of helping employers effectively implement and comply with employment and labor laws, and underscored the role BOLI and the legislature must play in this effort.

Members engaged with Hoyle on a wide variety of issues, including BOLI’s enforcement methods, pay equity, sick time and manufacturing overtime. A significant portion of the discussion focused on the difficulties employers and employees are experiencing with the new restrictions in manufacturing. Hoyle spoke to BOLI’s 2016 double overtime interpretation and signaled both her frustration with the interpretation and willingness to discuss efforts to improve the law. For the construction industry, she stated her intention of providing greater guidance and working more closely with contractors.

OBI and the steering committee welcome the new commissioner’s readiness and willingness to change the relationship between business and BOLI. Commissioner Val Hoyle takes office January 2019.