Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn
The state of Oregon House of Representative has voted 33-27 to “Ban the Box” and pass House Bill 3025 (HB 3025) which would bar employers from including a box on job applications that applicants are asked to check if they have ever been arrested or convicted of a crime, according to a press release on OregonLegislature.com.
The Ban the Box bill would open the door to employment for those job applicants with prior arrests or convictions and give them a better shot at getting called back for an interview. “Passing this bill means they won’t be faced with permanent discrimination because of something that represented the worst moment in their life,” Representative Rob Nosse (D-Portland) stated in the press release.
House Bill 3025 would not prevent employers from asking about criminal records in an interview or requiring criminal background checks as a condition of employment. The bill would also not override statutory restrictions that prohibit on people with certain convictions from working with vulnerable populations such as children or the elderly, or working in financially sensitive employment.
According to the press release, the call back rate for people who have committed felonies has jumped by as much as 60% where Ban the Box legislation and ordinances have passed. The bill now moves to the Oregon Senate Committee on Workforce. The complete text of Oregon House Bill 3025 is available at https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2015R1/Downloads/MeasureDocument/HB3025.
Nationwide, 100 cities and counties have adopted Ban the Box legislation, according to the National Employment Law Project (NELP). In addition, 16 states – California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Virginia – have a Ban the Box policy.
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