Agency also expands criminal records policyTriMet’s Board of Directors today unanimously approved to “Ban the Box” on all job applications. This change complies with a new state law, which takes effect Jan. 1, 2016.
The new law still allows TriMet to conduct criminal background checks early in the process for bus and LIFT operators. However, the agency will discontinue the practice of asking about criminal convictions on all job applications, and only conduct a background check for select job positions, including bus and LIFT operators, (probably no managers go through this) after a conditional job offer has been made.
“This change means more people will have a better chance at getting a job by removing a barrier for those who have been in the criminal justice system,” said TriMet General Manager Neil McFarlane.(doesn't in reality remove anything)
This board action updates the Criminal Records policy approved by the TriMet Board in 1999.