Nationwide, there is a movement to prohibit employers from asking questions about criminal convictions in employment applications because such questions screen a disproportionate number of otherwise qualified minority applicants from consideration for jobs. Last week, the Oregon house considered proposed “ban the box” legislation. House Bill 3025, as amended, would make it an unlawful employment practice for an employer to: (1) use job application forms that inquire into the conviction history of an applicant for employment; (2) inquire into or consider the conviction history of an applicant for employment prior to conducting an interview with the applicant; or (3) inquire into or consider the conviction history of an applicant for employment prior to making a conditional offer of employment to the applicant when no interview is conducted.
House Bill 3025 now moves to the Oregon Senate. We will keep you updated on developments. Or you can follow the bill by signing up for updates here: https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2015R1/Measures/Overview/HB3025