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BOLI execs struggle to explain last-minute act on major Oregon pay law

SALEM - Oregon senators put state labor regulators in the hot seat Wednesday over why they waited 18 months to finalize rules for Oregon’s landmark pay equity law, which takes force Jan. 1.

Lawmakers summoned officials with the state Bureau of Labor and Industries, known as BOLI, to the Capitol to respond to complaints from businesses. Employers said the agency didn’t give enough guidance or advance notice on how to comply with one of the most comprehensive pay equity laws in the nation.

“It is really disappointing to hear that out of nearly 130,000 Oregon employers that BOLI has had contact with maybe 5,000 of them, when we have a significant new law going into effect,” said Sen. Tim Knopp, vice chairman of the Senate Workforce Committee and co-author of the pay equity law.

The Oregon Equal . . .