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Oregon Restricts Requirement for Valid Driver’s License in Employment

As of January 1, 2022, Oregon SB 569 amends ORS Chapter 659A and prohibits employers from requiring as a condition for employment or continuation of employment, an employee or prospective employee to have a valid driver license unless the ability to legally drive is an essential function of the job or is related to a legitimate business purpose.

Next Steps for Employers

Employers should review their job advertisements, employment applications, and recruiting and hiring processes/procedures to ensure that candidates are not required to have a valid driver’s license for positions which do not require driving as an essential function. Employers should also ensure that recruiters and hiring managers are aware the change to ensure they are not interjecting this in the businesses hiring practices where there is not a direct correlation to the job.

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