A Reminder about Seattle’s Ban-the-Box Ordinance

While Oregon only recently passed a law addressing the use of applicants’ criminal/arrest records in the hiring process, Seattle’s Job Assistance Ordinance has been in place since 2013.  Generally, the Ordinance prohibits ads and applications that automatically exclude applicants with conviction/arrest records. Ads cannot announce that “Felons Need Not Apply” and employers cannot ask questions about convictions/arrest records until after the employer has conducted an initial screening to eliminate unqualified applicants. Applicants must also be given the chance to explain or correct information about conviction/arrest records.  There are exceptions for certain categories of jobs.

More information can be found here: http://www.seattle.gov/laborstandards/job-assistance/workers-guide-to-jao

The text of the Ordinance is here: http://www.seattle.gov/laborstandards/job-assistance/rules


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