House-Approved “Ban the Box” Legislation Moves to Oregon Senate

The Oregon House of Representatives approved “ban the box” legislation which will now move on to the Senate for final decision. The only question left is whether or not the legislation will be required for public and private employers. According to the National Employment Law Project, one third of the states have already enacted similar “ban the box” legislation. There are six states that have made this a requirement for all employers, both public and private. The proposed legislation states that criminal offense information can be requested during the interview process and that a criminal background check is still allowed after this point. While there was some debate on whether removing the box made sense for all positions, including police officers, the legislation passed in a 33-27 vote.

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