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Prohibiting employers from asking about arrests or convictions before an applicant is determined otherwise qualified for a position.

Prohibits an employer from obtaining information about a job applicant's criminal record until after the employer initially determines the applicant is otherwise qualified for the position.

Establishes the Washington fair chance act.
Prohibits an employer from including any question on an application for employment, from inquiring either orally or in writing, from receiving information through a criminal history background check, or from otherwise obtaining information about an applicant's criminal record until after the employer initially determines that the applicant is otherwise qualified for the position.
Requires the state attorney general's office to enforce this act.

EFFECT OF 2ND SUBSTITUTE ON 1ST SUBSTITUTE:
The substitute makes a technical amendment, updating the date in the null and void clause (from 2017 to 2018)

SENATE COMMITTEE (Labor & Commerce) AMENDMENT
(1) Adds securities entities required to comply with rules and regulations of a self-regulatory organization as authorized by Congress to the list of exemptions to the provision prohibiting employers from inquiring about criminal backgrounds, advertising, and having policies to exclude individuals with criminal backgrounds.

Hearing Date: Monday, February 19, 2018 -- 1:30 pm

WA State Legislature Link:
http://app.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?BillNumber=1298&Year=2017    (opens a new browser tab)