Mayor Charlies Hales suspends proposed Ban the Box ordinance
After the Alliance voiced its concerns, Mayor Charlie Hales said he has no plans to bring a separate Portland “Ban the Box” ordinance to city council.After the Alliance voiced its concerns, Mayor Charlie Hales said he has no plans to bring a separate Portland “Ban the Box” ordinance to city council. The Alliance urged 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. The state law, which the Alliance supported, bans the criminal history box but reserves 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.