Portland, Oregon’s new “ban the box” ordinance went into effect on July 1, 2016. We blogged about Oregon’s statewide “ban the box” law here. Portland’s new ordinance is more restrictive and prohibits covered employers from conducting criminal background checks until after a conditional job offer is made. Detailed information about the new ordinance is available here.
Are You a Covered Employer?
The Portland ordinance applies to private companies that have six or more employees, with at least one employee who spends a majority of his or her time working within the City of Portland.
You are completely exempt from the law if:
- You have fewer than six employees;
- Federal, state, or local law requires you to consider an applicant’s criminal history;
- You are a law enforcement agency or part of the criminal justice system; or
- You are seeking a nonemployee volunteer.