Portland, Oregon, Issues Rules Implementing 'Ban the Box'
"In accordance with ""Ban the Box"" laws, Portland, Oregon, has issued an Ordinance that prohibits the use of background checks, criminal histories and self-disclosed information, when considering a new hire. Although certain employers are excluded, like those with six or fewer employees or law enforcement agencies, the rules apply to the majority of companies. Following a conditional offer for employment, the history of the applicant may be used when considering its relevance to the job. To assist employers in making decisions, the Attorney's Office has created a Criminal History Matrix, as well as protocol for companies who violate the Ordinance."