Joseph P. Hoag

Joseph P. Hoag

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Seattle’s Criminal Background Check Ordinance and New Rules Take Effect Nov. 1, 2013

Seattle’s new criminal background check ordinance goes into effect Friday, Nov. 1, 2013. In anticipation, the Seattle Office for Civil Rights (“SOCR”) recently issued rules implementing the new law. The ordinance restricts...more

10/30/2013 - Criminal Background Checks Criminal Records

Seattle City Council Enacts Controversial and Restrictive Criminal Background Check Ordinance

On June 10, 2013, the Seattle City Council passed an ordinance significantly restricting private employers’ ability to rely on criminal background checks to screen applicants for jobs in the City of Seattle. If Mayor McGinn...more

6/12/2013 - Adverse Employment Action Criminal Background Checks Hiring & Firing Job Applicants Local Ordinance Municipalities

EEOC’s Tough Enforcement Stance Against Criminal Background Checks

Earlier this year, the EEOC issued new Enforcement Guidance warning private sector employers that they could face litigation unless they significantly restrict the use of arrest and conviction records in hiring, promotion,...more

12/19/2012 - Criminal Background Checks Criminal Records EEOC Enforcement Guidance Strategic Enforcement Plan Title VII

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