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Portland passes new "ban the box" rules regarding criminal history, employment

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Being convicted of a crime will not prevent someone from receiving a job offer in the city of Portland.

The Portland City Council unanimously passed an ordinance Wednesday preventing employers from inquiring about a prospective employee's conviction history on a job application or during a job interview.

It's part of the "ban the box" campaign.

Gov. Kate Brown signed a bill in June prohibiting Oregon employers from requiring an applicant to disclose a criminal conviction on a job application.

Portland city leaders said they wanted to take that one step further.

Portland's ordinance also prevents employers from asking about a person's conviction history during a job interview.

Instead, an employer has to make a conditional offer of employment before inquiring about a person's criminal background.

"If a criminal background inquiry is delayed until the conditional offer stage, the candidate can be assured that until that point, his or her merits, accomplishments, and skill set were considered fairly by the employer," the ordinance states.

An employer who then determines "in good faith" that a specific criminal offense is job-related for the position in question can choose not to hire the person, according to the ordinance.

The ordinance will go into effect in 30 days.

For more information, go to portlandonline.com.

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