Portland City Council approves city-wide 'Ban the Box' regardless of new state law



Portland City Council approves city-wide 'Ban the Box' regardless of new state law

The Alliance urged Portland City Council to reconsider its ‘Ban the Box’ ordinance, which was unanimously approved by Council on Nov. 25.
The Alliance urged Portland City Council to reconsider its ‘Ban the Box’ ordinance, which was unanimously approved by council on Nov. 25. The Alliance supports the goal of increased employment opportunities for those with criminal histories and supported a new state Ban the Box law passed by the 2015 Legislature and signed by Governor Kate Brown. The Alliance, Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, Oregon Association of Minority Entrepreneurs and Building Owners, and Portland Metropolitan Building Owners and Managers Association submitted a joint letter asking the city to allow the state law to take effect and not adopt something that sets Portland apart from the rest of the state. The state law “bans the box” on job applications, only allowing criminal background checks after an initial interview or after conditional offer if there is no interview and thereby ensuring no one is automatically screened out based on criminal history. Read the letter.