The state of Oregon become the latest to pass legislation into law that restricts the ability of employers to ask applicants about past criminal convictions.  The measure (HB3025), signed into law by Oregon Governor Kate Brown last month, prohibits employers from excluding job applicants from an initial interview solely due to a past criminal conviction.  When the law takes effect on January 1, 2016, Oregon will join 17 other states along with over 100 cities and counties across the country with the prohibition on their books.