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Ban the Box clears last hurdle in Legislature

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.

Washington House votes to ‘Ban the Box’

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.

Spokane City Council may ban businesses from asking for job seekers’ criminal backgrounds on applications

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.

Washington “ban the box” bill sent to full House

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.

Spokane joining nationwide ‘ban the box’ trend

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.”