In our 6/24/13 blog post, “Seattle Jobs Assistance Ordinance bans the box,” we wrote about the Jobs Assistance Ordinance that Seattle City Council passed to regulate how conviction and arrest records are used during the hiring process.
The ordinance removes the arrest/conviction history checkbox on employment applications and requires that employers conduct an initial screening before asking about a person’s criminal record. It also requires that an employer has a legitimate business reason for denying a person based on their conviction record. (There are exemptions to the ordinance; this FAQ provides more information.)
Since the new requirements will take effect on November 1, 2013, the Seattle Office for Civil Rights will hold several public meetings to provide information, answer questions, and gather input from the community.
- Wednesday, August 7, 3pm-5pm
Seattle City Hall, Bertha Knight Landes Room
600 Fourth Ave, Seattle, WA 98104
For bus, biking or driving directions visit: www.seattle.gov/council/visiting_city_hall.htm
- Tuesday, September 17, 7pm-9pm
New Holly Gathering Hall
7054 32nd Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118
For bus and driving directions visit: www.seattlehousing.org/communitySites/newhollycommunity/Ghall/ghall2.htm
To request an accommodation, please contact Brenda Anibarro at 206.684.4514 or Brenda.Anibarro@Seattle.gov.
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