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Oregon Ban the Box Law

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The Basics

  • Location: Oregon
  • Legislation: Ordinance 659A
  • Type: Ban the Box
  • Effective: January 1, 2016

Key Takeaways

  • Presumably applies to all Oregon employers.
  • Employers must wait until after an interview or a conditional offer to inquire about criminal history.
  • Portland employers are subject to more restrictive requirements.

Who does this effect?

The statute is silent on coverage and, therefore, likely applies to all Oregon employers.

What does the law provide?

Criminal history information can be sought after an initial interview or after a conditional offer of employment.

Are there any exceptions

The law does not apply to, among others: employers seeking volunteers; and other employers who are required by federal, state or local law to consider an applicant’s criminal history. Employers should consult with their to see if they are otherwise exempt from the law.