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Prohibiting employers from asking about arrests or convictions before an applicant is determined otherwise qualified for a position (Saldana, Walsh, Darneille)

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. Provides that this act is null and void if appropriations are not approved.

EFFECT OF CHANGES MADE BY 1ST SUBSTITUTE (Ways & Means)
(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. (2) Specifies records that employers must retain for three years, which may not be extended by local governments, except ordinances in existence on the effective date.

Hearing Date: Tuesday, January 30, 2018 -- 3:30 pm

WA State Legislature Link:
http://app.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?BillNumber=6110&Year=2017    (opens a new browser tab)