Alliance urges city to suspend Ban the Box discussion given new state law



Alliance urges city to suspend Ban the Box discussion given new state law

​The Alliance is urging Mayor Charlie Hales and members of Portland City Council to suspend the Ban the Box discussion to allow time to evaluate the effectiveness of the state’s Ban the Box legislation once it’s implemented.
The Alliance is urging Mayor Charlie Hales and members of Portland City Council to suspend the Ban the Box discussion to allow time to evaluate the effectiveness of the state’s Ban the Box legislation once it’s implemented. The state ordinance, which the Alliance supported, bans the criminal history box but reserve the right for an employer to conduct a criminal background check after the first interview or after a conditional offer is made if there is no interview process. The Alliance supports the goal of increasing employment opportunities for those with criminal histories, but opposes a city ordinance because differing employment rules in a regional economy create confusion for employers that operate across several jurisdictions. Read the letter.