Oregon Wage and Hour Investigations: What you need to know

Oregon's commissioner of the Bureau of Labor and Industries (or his or her authorized representative) is allowed to enter any place of employment and investigate employees' wages (OR Rev. Stat. Sec. 651.120). The commissioner may also require an employer to provide sworn statements of the names, addresses, hours worked, and wages paid to each employee (OR Rev. Stat. Sec. 653.040).
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Minimum wage. Employers required to pay a minimum wage must keep employment records for each of their employees for at least 2 years. Those records must include the name, address, and occupation of each employee and the actual hours worked each week and each pay period for every employee. The commissioner is allowed to inspect and transcribe those records at any reasonable time (OR Rev. Stat. Sec. 653.045). If an employer pays an employee less than the amount that he or she is entitled to, the employer may have to pay the full amount of wages still due and civil penalties. The bureau may file a suit to stop the employer from violating minimum wage and overtime provisions again (OR Rev. Stat. Sec. 653.055).
Failure to allow an authorized inspector to enter a place of employment is punishable by a fine or imprisonment (OR Rev. Stat. Sec. 651.990).
Retaliation. An employer that willfully discharges or discriminates against an employee for making a wage-related complaint, causing such a proceeding, or testifying or planning to testify in such a proceeding faces a civil penalty.
Termination of employment. If an employer willfully fails to pay wages due to a terminated employee, the employee must continue to be paid--up to 30 days--at the same hourly rate until the wages due are paid (OR Rev. Stat. Sec. 652.150).
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