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November 22 2016

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."