EmployeeScreenIQ serves an impressive roster of clients ranging from Fortune 100 organizations to mid-size corporations representing a diversity of industries . So whether you employ people in Oregon, throughout the United States or in over 200 countries abroad, we are your one stop shop for employment background checks.

Listed below are some things that those who conduct employee background checks in the state of Oregon should know.


State Capital



The state of Oregon has 23 counties.

State Court Structure

  • Trial Courts: The Circuit courts of Oregon are trial level courts with general jurisdiction. These courts are divided into 27 judicial districts across the state.
  • Appellate Courts: The Oregon Court of Appeals is the state’s intermediate appellate court.. It has jurisdiction to hear nearly all civil and criminal appeals from circuit courts and to review actions of most state administrative agencies.
  • Supreme Court of Oregon: The Oregon Supreme Court is the highest court in the state and hears appeals from the lower state courts, as well as some unique issues such as electoral districting and ballot measure titling.

Federal Court Structure

Trial Courts:

  • United States District Court for the District of Oregon

Appellate Court:

  • Federal cases in Oregon are appealed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Ban the Box

  • Effective January 1, 2016, it will be illegal for an employer in the State of Oregon to require an applicant to disclose a criminal conviction on a job application or to require an applicant to disclose, prior to an initial interview, a criminal conviction.
  • City and County Ban the Box: Portland and Multnomah County

Credit Reports

Employers may not obtain or use credit history for the purpose of making employment decisions. Exceptions include employers that are federally insured banks or credit unions, employers that are required by state or federal law to use credit history for employment purposes, or the employment of certain public safety officers, and if that information is “substantially related to the job” and the employer discloses its reasons for using the information, in writing, to the employee or applicant. Credit information is substantially related to a job if “one of the job’s essential functions requires access to financial information not customarily required in retail transactions other than a loan or extension of credit (that is, beyond check information or debit and credit card numbers), or the employer is required to check credit history as a condition of bonding or insuring the employee.”

Medical Marijuana

The state of Oregon has laws which legalize both medical and recreational marijuana.

Social Media

The state of Oregon has a law that restricts or limits private employers from accessing and requesting employee/candidate log in information for personal social media accounts.

The information on this page is provided as general educational information and is not legal advice, either express or implied. Consultation with qualified legal counsel is recommended for all matters of employment law.