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UPDATED: Fri., March 16, 2018

Inslee signs bills banning universities from requesting criminal histories, requiring more financial aid information

Colleges must “ban the box” on applications and provide more information on student loans.

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.

UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 23, 2018

State colleges could also ‘ban the box’

Colleges and universities might be required to “ban the box” on student applications.

UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 7, 2018

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.

Layne Pavey is using her own experience as a felon to push ‘Ban the Box’ and give former prisoners a chance on the outside

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 …

Spokane schools will not ‘ban the box’ on job applications

Spokane Public Schools will continue to ask job applicants about their criminal history, despite a Spokane city ruling outlawing the practice.

UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 27, 2017

Spokane City Council votes to ‘ban the box’ for private employers, fines delayed one year

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 …

UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 22, 2017

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. …

UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 27, 2017

Spokane County won’t ask job applicants about their criminal records

The Spokane County Board of Commissioners voted this week to remove questions about past criminal convictions from county job applications.

UPDATED: Tue., April 4, 2017

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 …

Sen. Michael Baumgartner and Rep. Marcus Riccelli: Bills promote second chance for workers

Disclosing one’s criminal history on a job application often immediately eliminates them from the applicant pool, regardless of qualifications.

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 …