Multnomah County, the center of the Portland metropolitan area, has a population estimated at 810,000. Nearby counties include Clackamas, Columbia, Hood River, and Washington in Oregon, plus Clark and Skamania counties in Washington. Major Multnomah County employers include Boeing, Adidas, and Wells Fargo.
Multnomah County sees steady growth and attracts new arrivals year after year who are drawn by the city of Portland. Employers may tap into this growth to find new sources of talent for their businesses. However, with many transplants living in the county, resumes and references can’t tell you everything about an applicant—only through tools such as criminal background checks can you establish the confidence to hire.
Even the most qualified applicants may have relevant criminal histories. Consider the information that you uncover and weigh its relevance mindfully to protect your business and avoid the risk of future claims of negligent hiring.
To begin, search for records held by Multnomah County courts. Turning up negative information may now help to thin your pile of resumes, but it isn’t the end of the road: looking into what courts from the rest of Oregon have to say is critical.
During this process, you must take care to observe the “ban the box” rules used by both the state of Oregon and the City of Portland. Per state legislation, applicants must receive an initial interview before submitting to a background check. Within Portland, employers must make a conditional job offer to background-check an applicant. To deny an applicant based on these findings requires a “good faith” determination made through the consideration of factors such as time since the offense(s) and relationship to the job (if any).
With legally sound procedures in place, your business can select the appropriate vetting tools. backgroundchecks.com provides simple yet highly effective solutions suitable for businesses, nonprofits, schools, and churches. Start investigating applicants by checking local records via a county-level background check. When you’re ready, incorporate results from all of Oregon, Washington, and the rest of the nation via our US OneSEARCH.
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