Governor Signs Oregon “Ban the Box” Law

This morning, Governor Kate Brown signed House Bill 3025, which makes it an unlawful employment practice to require job applicants: to disclose criminal convictions on employment applications; to exclude an applicant from an initial interview solely because of a past criminal conviction; or to require disclosure of past criminal convictions prior to an initial interview, or if no interview is conducted, to require an applicant to disclose a criminal conviction prior to a conditional offer of employment.  Employers may still consider criminal convictions when making hiring decisions (as opposed to during earlier stages of the hiring process).  Further, employers in certain regulated industries or where required by law, may still consider criminal convictions during the application process.

BOLI is charged with enforcement of the new law.

https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2015R1/Measures/Overview/HB3025?pubDate=2015-06-26-09-42

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