Seattle Job Assistance Ordinance
Beginning November 1, 2013, a new Seattle law (SMC 14.17) sets limits on how employers can use conviction and arrest records for jobs within City limits. Increased employment opportunities will reduce recidivism, reduce racial disparities in the criminal justice system and strengthen our community. The new law:
Employer extensions available on request
Upon the written request of an employer, the Director of the Seattle Office for Civil Rights has the authority to extend the implementation date of the Job Assistance Ordinance for a reasonable amount of time, to provide the employer time to make the necessary changes to their employment systems or forms.The employer must submit a request to the Director in writing and provide: a description of the changes necessary for compliance with the Ordinance; a process for adopting the changes; and a timeline for implementation. The Director will review the request and respond in writing within ten business days. Requests for extensions should be directed to:
Julie Nelson, Director
Assistance for Employers
SOCR supports employers. The Seattle Office for Civil Rights is responsible for outreach and enforcement of this law. SOCR offers a range of resources to help with compliance, including free technical assistance and group presentations. Contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org or call (206) 684-4500.
Assistance for Job Applicants and Employees
SOCR enforces the law. The Seattle Office for Civil Rights enforces the Seattle Job Assistance Ordinance. If you feel the law has been violated, you can file a charge with our office. Our services are free and impartial, and language and disability accommodations are available upon request. A charge must be filed within 180 days of the date of the alleged incident. The Seattle Office for Civil Rights also provides free information, training and assistance on the law. Contact us: OCR_Intake@seattle.gov, on-line questionnaire or call 206-684-4500.
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