by Cal Keith
Employers in Portland, Oregon, need to be ready for the city’s new “ban the box” ordinance, which takes effect July 1.
The state of Oregon’s ban-the-box law took effect January 1, but Portland’s ordinance goes further than the state law.
Portland’s ordinance applies to businesses that (1) employ six or more employees and (2) have at least one employee who spends most of her time working in the city. It does not apply to law enforcement jobs, the criminal justice system, volunteer positions, or jobs for which federal, state, or local law requires criminal history to be considered.