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Colleges must “ban the box” on applications and provide more information on student loans.
Washington businesses would not be able to ask new job applicants if they have a criminal record under legislation that received final legislative approval Saturday.
Colleges and universities might be required to “ban the box” on student applications.
Washington employers wouldn’t be able to have a prospective workers fill out an application that asks if they’ve been arrested under a bill approved Wednesday by the House.
The day after she was released from prison, Layne Pavey went to Target to buy makeup, where she encountered children for the first time in almost two years. “I was so terrified the parents would know a felon was walking around, free, among their children,” Pavey said.
Spokane Public Schools will continue to ask job applicants about their criminal history, despite a Spokane city ruling outlawing the practice.
A five-vote supermajority of the Spokane City Council voted Monday night to “ban the box” and potentially impose fines on noncompliant businesses beginning in 2019. The law will take effect next year, but enforcement will follow a one-year probationary period where city officials said they’ll work with private businesses to encourage compliance.
Three years after eliminating the question about criminal history from applications for jobs at City Hall, lawmakers are proposing a measure that would extend to all employers within city limits. Supporters say the measure eliminates a debilitating hurdle for those leaving jail and looking for employment, but some lawmakers and officials are wary about how the city law would co-exist with efforts currently underway in Olympia.
The Spokane County Board of Commissioners voted this week to remove questions about past criminal convictions from county job applications.
Many businesses would be banned from asking prospective employees about a possible criminal record when they first fill out a job application under a bill that received approval by a House panel.
Disclosing one’s criminal history on a job application often immediately eliminates them from the applicant pool, regardless of qualifications.
Spokane Mayor David Condon said Monday the city would join a nationwide trend to “ban the box” and no longer ask city job applicants about their criminal background. At a news conference Monday, Condon said revising the city’s employment application would open “another pathway to access” for people with criminal pasts and give them “more equal footing for meaningful employment.”