On June 10, Seattle City Council passed the Jobs Assistance Ordinance, which sets new rules for employers to follow when using arrest and conviction records for employment decisions about jobs that are located in Seattle. The Seattle Office for Civil Rights (SOCR) has just issued draft Administrative Rules for implementing the new law when it goes into effect on November 1, 2013.
Here is your opportunity to weigh in on how the new law will be enforced. Submit your comments on the proposed Rules by Friday, September 20, 2013. The full text of the draft Rules is available at http://www.seattle.gov/civilrights/criminalrecords.htm.
“We want to implement Seattle’s new Job Assistance Ordinance in a way that reflects the intent of the legislation,” said Julie Nelson, SOCR’s director. “It’s also important for us to help employers meet the challenges of implementing it successfully.”
Your comments will be used to shape the final language of the Rules, which define terms used in the ordinance, as well as clarify how SOCR will enforce the new law. The Rules propose:
- Definitions for language used by the ordinance.
- Exemptions to the ordinance.
- The process that employers must follow if they wish to use information about an individual’s arrest and conviction record.
- Legitimate business reasons to make hiring or employment decisions based on someone’s arrest and conviction record.
Public meeting September 17 to discuss Jobs Assistance Ordinance
You also can discuss the Ordinance and get answers to your questions at a public meeting on Tuesday, September 17 7-9 p.m. at New Holly Gathering Hall, 7054 32nd Ave S. in South Seattle.
For additional information, see the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce Jobs Assistance Ordinance overview.