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BUREAU OF LABOR AND INDUSTRIES

 

DIVISION 2

PROCEDURAL RULES

839-002-0001

Purpose of These Rules

The Bureau of Labor and Industries is authorized to develop administrative rules necessary for enforcement of statutes for which it is responsible. The purpose of these rules is to guide the bureau in the rule-making process.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 183
Stats. Implemented: ORS 183.335
Hist.: BLI 1-2000, f. & cert. ef. 1-11-00; BLI 33-2008, f. 10-22-08, cert. ef. 10-25-08; BLI 13-2011, f. 12-30-11, cert. ef. 1-1-12

839-002-0002

Proposed Rule Notice

Prior to the permanent adoption, amendment or repeal of any rule of the Bureau of Labor and Industries, the bureau will give notice of intended action:

(1) In the Secretary of State's Bulletin, referred to in ORS 183.360, at least 21 days prior to the rule's effective date.

(2) To persons on the bureau's mailing list and email list established pursuant to ORS 183.335(8).

(3) To the legislature, by mailing a copy of the notice to the legislators specified in ORS 183.335(15) at least 49 days before the effective date of the rule.

(4) To the general public, by posting the notice on the bureau's Website.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 183
Stats. Implemented: ORS 183.335
Hist.: BLI 1-2000, f. & cert. ef. 1-11-00; BLI 8-2004, f. 7-26-04, cert. ef. 7-27-04; BLI 7-2006, f. 3-16-06 cert. ef. 3-20-06; BLI 33-2008, f. 10-22-08, cert. ef. 10-25-08; BLI 13-2011, f. 12-30-11, cert. ef. 1-1-12

839-002-0005

Model Rules of Procedure

(1) The Attorney General's Model Rules of Procedure under the Administrative Procedures Act, are hereby adopted to govern the operations of the Bureau of Labor and Industries.

(2) The Model Rules of Procedure will govern operations of the Hearings Unit of the Bureau of Labor and Industries except to the extent they conflict with or are modified by rules in any division of chapter 839 of the Oregon Administrative Rules. The rules for contested case proceedings are set forth in OAR chapter 839, division 50.

[ED. NOTE: The full text of the Attorney General's Model Rules of Procedure is available from the office of the Attorney General or the Bureau of Labor and Industries.]

Stat. Auth.: ORS 183
Stats. Implemented: ORS 183.341
Hist.: BL 5-1980, f. & ef. 8-4-80; BL 2-1981, f. & ef. 1-8-81; BL 3-1982, f. & ef. 2-9-82; BL 4-1996, f. & cert. ef. 3-12-96; BLI 1-2000, f. & cert. ef. 1-11-00; BLI 7-2006, f. 3-16-06 cert. ef. 3-20-06; BLI 33-2008, f. 10-22-08, cert. ef. 10-25-08; BLI 13-2011, f. 12-30-11, cert. ef. 1-1-12

 

Investigative Subpoenas for Civil Rights Division and Wage and Hour Division

839-002-0015

Authority

(1) ORS 651.060(1) authorizes the commissioner to conduct investigations in all matters relating to the duties required under ORS 279C.800 to 279C.870, 651.030, 651.050, 651.120 and 651.170, and Chapters 652, 653, 658, and 659A.

(2) ORS 651.060(1) gives the commissioner the authority to issue subpoenas ad testificandum and subpoenas duces tecum, administer oaths, obtain evidence and take testimony.

(3) These rules govern the commissioner’s gathering of information through subpoenas or testimony and establish procedures through which a subpoenaed party may object to answering questions or producing any document or other thing subpoenaed.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 651.060, 658.220 & 659A.800
Stats. Implemented: ORS 279C, 651, 652, 653, 658 & 659A
Hist.: BLI 38-2007; f. 12-28-07, cert. ef. 1-1-08; BLI 33-2008, f. 10-22-08, cert. ef. 10-25-08; BLI 13-2011, f. 12-30-11, cert. ef. 1-1-12

839-002-0020

Definitions

(1) “Division” means the Civil Rights Division and Wage and Hour Division in the Bureau of Labor and Industries.

(2) “Document” means any existing written, printed, typed, or recorded matter of any kind or nature, however produced or reproduced, including but not limited to all mechanical, electronic, sound or video recordings or their transcripts, photographs, electronic files and computer stored data.

(3) “Other thing” means any existing tangible object that is not a “document.”

(4) “Party” means any person who has been served by a subpoena under these rules.

(5) “Person” means any individual, partnership, corporation, association, governmental subdivision, or public or private organization of any character.

(6) “Subpoena ad testificandum” is a subpoena that requires an individual to appear and give testimony under oath.

(7) “Subpoena duces tecum” is a subpoena that requires the production of documents or other things.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 651.060, 658.220 & 659A.800
Stats. Implemented: ORS 279C, 651, 652, 653, 658 & 659A
Hist.: BLI 38-2007; f. 12-28-07, cert. ef. 1-1-08; BLI 33-2008, f. 10-22-08, cert. ef. 10-25-08; BLI 13-2011, f. 12-30-11, cert. ef. 1-1-12

839-002-0025

Who and What May Be Subpoenaed

The commissioner may issue subpoenas to persons to compel testimony and the production of documents or other things that are relevant to the commissioner’s lawful investigative purpose and reasonable in scope under matters relating to the duties required under ORS 279C.800 to 279C.870, 651.030, 651.050, 651.120 and 651.170, and chapters 652, 653, 658, and 659A.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 651.060, 658.220 & 659A.800
Stats. Implemented: ORS 279C, 651, 652, 653, 658 & 659A
Hist.: BLI 38-2007; f. 12-28-07, cert. ef. 1-1-08; BLI 33-2008, f. 10-22-08, cert. ef. 10-25-08; BLI 13-2011, f. 12-30-11, cert. ef. 1-1-12

839-002-0030

Circumstances under Which a Subpoena May be Issued

(1) The commissioner may issue a subpoena at any time when the information sought is relevant to a lawful investigative purpose and is reasonable in scope. Investigative purposes include any preliminary inquiries in determining whether to pursue a formal investigation.

(2) The commissioner may issue a subpoena ad testificandum to compel a person to testify under oath when:

(a) A Division determines that the person is a material witness in an investigation being conducted by the Division under ORS 279C.800 to 279C.870, 651.030, 651.050, 651.120 and 651.170, or chapters 652, 653, 658, and 659A; and

(b) The Division has been unable to interview the person after having made reasonable attempts to do so, or the person states that the person will only consent to an interview if first served with a subpoena.

(3) The commissioner may also issue a subpoena ad testificandum to compel a person to testify under oath about the contents of documents or other things produced in response to a subpoena duces tecum served on the same person.

(4) The commissioner may issue a subpoena duces tecum to compel a person to produce documents or other things when:

(a) A Division determines that the documents or other things are relevant to the Division’s inquiry being conducted under ORS 279C.800 to 279C.870, 651.030, 651.050, 651.120 and 651.170, or chapters 652, 653, 658, and 659A; and

(b) The Division has made a written request for production of documents or things and the person to whom the request was made has failed to comply within the time specified by the Division, unless the commissioner finds a subpoena is necessary to protect the documents and things from destruction.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 651.060, 658.220 & 659A.800
Stats. Implemented: ORS 279C, 651, 652, 653, 658 & 659A
Hist.: BLI 38-2007; f. 12-28-07, cert. ef. 1-1-08; BLI 33-2008, f. 10-22-08, cert. ef. 10-25-08; BLI 5-2010(Temp), f. 2-10-10, cert. ef. 2-12-10 thru 8-6-10; BLI 14-2010, f. 5-4-10, cert. ef. 5-5-10; BLI 13-2011, f. 12-30-11, cert. ef. 1-1-12

839-002-0035

Who May Issue Subpoenas

The commissioner or the commissioner’s designees may issue subpoenas.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 651.060, 658.220 & 659A.800
Stats. Implemented: ORS 279C, 651, 652, 653, 658 & 659A
Hist.: BLI 38-2007; f. 12-28-07, cert. ef. 1-1-08; BLI 33-2008, f. 10-22-08, cert. ef. 10-25-08; BLI 13-2011, f. 12-30-11, cert. ef. 1-1-12

839-002-0040

Subpoena Duces Tecum

(1) A subpoena duces tecum may be issued to any person who has custody, possession, or control of documents or other things named in the subpoena duces tecum when the conditions set out in OAR 839-002-0030(4) have been met.

(2) A subpoena duces tecum issued to a corporation will be addressed to the records custodian of the corporation.

(3) A subpoena duces tecum will not require production of documents or other things less than 14 days from the date of service upon the person required to produce and permit inspection of the documents or things unless the commissioner finds a shorter period necessary to protect the documents and things from destruction or if the Division has an immediate need for the documents or things being subpoenaed.

(4) The commissioner may also command the person to whom a subpoena duces tecum is issued to produce documents and other things by mail or otherwise, at a time and place specified in the subpoena, without commanding inspection of the originals. The person to whom the subpoena is directed complies if the person produces copies of the specified items in the specified manner and certifies that the copies are true copies of all documents and other things responsive to the subpoena.

(5) The subpoenaed documents and other things must be produced at the location, time, and date required in the subpoena.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 651.060, 658.220 & 659A.800
Stats. Implemented: ORS 279C, 651, 652, 653, 658 & 659A
Hist.: BLI 38-2007; f. 12-28-07, cert. ef. 1-1-08; BLI 33-2008, f. 10-22-08, cert. ef. 10-25-08; BLI 5-2010(Temp), f. 2-10-10, cert. ef. 2-12-10 thru 8-6-10; BLI 14-2010, f. 5-4-10, cert. ef. 5-5-10; BLI 13-2011, f. 12-30-11, cert. ef. 1-1-12

839-002-0045

Subpoena Ad Testificandum

(1) A subpoena ad testificandum may be issued to any person when the conditions set out in 839-002-0030(2) or 839-002-0030(3) have been met.

(2) The subpoena ad testificandum must give the person a reasonable time for preparation and travel to the place of attendance and the place of attendance must be in a suitable place in the vicinity to which testimony is applicable.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 651.060, 658.220 & 659A.800
Stats. Implemented: ORS 279C, 651, 652, 653, 658 & 659A
Hist.: BLI 38-2007; f. 12-28-07, cert. ef. 1-1-08; BLI 33-2008, f. 10-22-08, cert. ef. 10-25-08; BLI 5-2010(Temp), f. 2-10-10, cert. ef. 2-12-10 thru 8-6-10; BLI 14-2010, f. 5-4-10, cert. ef. 5-5-10; BLI 13-2011, f. 12-30-11, cert. ef. 1-1-12

839-002-0050

Method of Service

(1) Except as noted in subsections (2) and (3) of this rule, subpoenas must be served in person by delivering a copy to the witness personally and, at the same time, giving or offering to the witness the fees to which the person is entitled for travel to and from the place where the witness is commanded to appear, along with one day’s attendance fee. A subpoena may be served by any person 18 years of age or older.

(2) Subpoenas ad testificandum may be served by mail under the following circumstances:

(a) The Division must have, by personal or telephone contact, confirmed the witness’s willingness to appear if subpoenaed and certify this on the return of service;

(b) The Division made arrangements for payment to the witness of fees and mileage satisfactory to the witness and pays those fees and mileage; and

(c) The subpoena is sent by certified mail to the witness more than 10 days before the date set for appearance or production of documents or other things and the Division receives a return receipt signed by the witness more than three days prior to that date.

(3) A subpoena duces tecum that commands production of documents or other things but is not accompanied by a subpoena ad testificandum may be served by mailing the subpoena to the person required to produce and permit inspection of the documents or things by first class mail and by certified or registered mail, return receipt requested.

(4) A subpoena duces tecum issued to a corporation will be served in accordance with requirements for service of summons on a corporation pursuant to ORCP 7 D(3)(b).

Stat. Auth.: ORS 651.060, 658.220 & 659A.800
Stats. Implemented: ORS 279C, 651, 652, 653, 658 & 659A; ORCP 7
Hist.: BLI 38-2007; f. 12-28-07, cert. ef. 1-1-08; BLI 33-2008, f. 10-22-08, cert. ef. 10-25-08; BLI 5-2010(Temp), f. 2-10-10, cert. ef. 2-12-10 thru 8-6-10; BLI 14-2010, f. 5-4-10, cert. ef. 5-5-10; BLI 13-2011, f. 12-30-11, cert. ef. 1-1-12

839-002-0055

Fees

All persons subpoenaed by the commissioner must be paid the mileage and per diem set out in ORS 44.415(2).

Stat. Auth.: ORS 651.060, 658.220 & 659A.800
Stats. Implemented: ORS 279C, 651, 652, 653, 658 & 659A
Hist.: BLI 38-2007; f. 12-28-07, cert. ef. 1-1-08; BLI 33-2008, f. 10-22-08, cert. ef. 10-25-08; BLI 13-2011, f. 12-30-11, cert. ef. 1-1-12

839-002-0060

Time and Manner of Objecting to Subpoenas

(1) Any person served with an investigative subpoena may object to testifying or providing the documents or other things sought. Grounds for objections include:

(a) The information sought is irrelevant to a lawful investigative purpose;

(b) The information sought is unreasonable in scope;

(c) The witness is ordered to appear to give testimony in a place that is not suitable or not in the vicinity to which the testimony is applicable;

(d) The time and expense involved in copying the documents sought. In order to have this objection considered, a person making this objection must include a written estimate of the time involved and number of copies to be made in order to comply with the subpoena;

(e) Reasonable cause to refuse to comply; and

(f) Any other basis that may be asserted under Oregon law.

(2) Objections to subpoenas must be in writing and must be received by the Division at least seven calendar days before the time that the witness is subpoenaed to testify or provide documents or other things.

(3) If a subpoenaed witness refuses to answer specific questions while giving testimony, the witness must state the reason for the witness’s objection at the time that the witness refuses to answer the questions.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 651.060, 658.220 & 659A.800
Stats. Implemented: ORS 279C, 651, 652, 653, 658 & 659A
Hist.: BLI 38-2007; f. 12-28-07, cert. ef. 1-1-08; BLI 33-2008, f. 10-22-08, cert. ef. 10-25-08; BLI 13-2011, f. 12-30-11, cert. ef. 1-1-12

839-002-0065

Response to Objections

(1) The Division will respond in writing to any objections timely received under OAR 839-002-0060(2).

(2) If the objection made is the time and expense involved in copying the documents sought, the Division will provide a check to the person subpoenaed to pay for the estimated time and expense, calculated at the rates set out in OAR 839-030-0010. The Division may provide this check before or at the time the witness is subpoenaed to provide documents or other things.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 651.060, 658.220 & 659A.800
Stats. Implemented: ORS 279C, 651, 652, 653, 658 & 659A
Hist.: BLI 38-2007; f. 12-28-07, cert. ef. 1-1-08; BLI 33-2008, f. 10-22-08, cert. ef. 10-25-08; BLI 13-2011, f. 12-30-11, cert. ef. 1-1-12

839-002-0070

Method of Taking Testimony

(1) When a witness appears to give testimony in response to a subpoena ad testificandum, an oath or affirmation will be administered to the witness prior to the witness’s testimony. The oath or affirmation will be administered by an officer authorized to administer oaths in Oregon, generally a notary public employed by the Bureau of Labor and Industries.

(2) The witness’s testimony will be preserved by an audio or video recording. Upon request, the Division will give the witness a copy of the recording at no cost.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 651.060, 658.220 & 659A.800
Stats. Implemented: ORS 279C, 651, 652, 653, 658 & 659A
Hist.: BLI 38-2007; f. 12-28-07, cert. ef. 1-1-08; BLI 33-2008, f. 10-22-08, cert. ef. 10-25-08; BLI 13-2011, f. 12-30-11, cert. ef. 1-1-12

839-002-0075

Failure to Appear

If a person served with a subpoena fails to appear and has not filed any prior objections, the commissioner will conclude that the person has refused, without reasonable cause, to answer any question or to produce any document or other thing.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 651.060, 658.220 & 659A.800
Stats. Implemented: ORS 279C, 651, 652, 653, 658 & 659A
Hist.: BLI 38-2007; f. 12-28-07, cert. ef. 1-1-08; BLI 33-2008, f. 10-22-08, cert. ef. 10-25-08; BLI 13-2011, f. 12-30-11, cert. ef. 1-1-12

839-002-0080

Enforcement of Subpoena

If a person served with a subpoena refuses, without reasonable cause, to be examined, to answer any question, or to produce any document or other thing as required by the subpoena, the commissioner may petition the circuit court in the county in which the investigation is pending for an order directing the person to show cause why the person has not complied with the subpoena and should not be held in contempt. The commissioner shall serve the court’s order upon the person in the manner provided by ORCP 55 D.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 651.060, 658.220 & 659A.800
Stats. Implemented: ORS 279C, 651, 652, 653, 658 & 659A
Hist.: BLI 38-2007; f. 12-28-07, cert. ef. 1-1-08; BLI 33-2008, f. 10-22-08, cert. ef. 10-25-08; BLI 13-2011, f. 12-30-11, cert. ef. 1-1-12

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