Oregon To Join The Growing National Trend To “Ban The Box” In Hiring Practices

Oregon will soon become the seventh state to enact “ban the box” legislation prohibiting private employers from inquiring about the criminal histories of a job applicant on employment applications.

On June 25, 2015, Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed into law House Bill 3025.  This bill makes it unlawful employment practice for an employer to exclude an applicant from an initial interview based solely on a past criminal conviction.  House Bill 3025 expressly prohibits employers from asking applicants about any prior criminal convictions on employment applications.

The new Oregon law takes effect January 1, 2016.

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Credit: Pam Devata http://www.seyfarth.com/publications/OMM062915-LE