Employers in the City of Seattle: A Special Webcast Regarding The “Job Assistance” Ordinance
Employers in the City of Seattle: A Special Webcast Regarding The “Job Assistance” Ordinance Which Regulates the Use of Conviction and Arrest Records in Employment
You have likely heard by now that the City of Seattle has passed an ordinance that limits and regulates the use of criminal background checks in making hiring decisions.
Under the City of Seattle’s ordinance, effective November 1 of this year, employers may not automatically exclude all individuals with an arrest or conviction record for any job performed in whole or substantial part (over 50%) within the City of Seattle. The law requires the employer to establish a legitimate business reason before denying an applicant a position based solely on that individual’s criminal conviction record or pending criminal charge.
This ordinance raises questions and concerns for employers as it creates new liability and will require most employers to carefully evaluate their hiring processes to ensure compliance with this new regulation.
We are pleased to present this special webcast presented by Karina Bull, Business Liason with the Seattle Office for Civil Rights (SOCR). The SOCR is the agency responsible for implementation and enforcement of this ordinance. Ms. Bull will will present a 20-30 minute overview of the ordinance with an additional 30 minutes available for Q&A. This is a great opportunity to get your questions answered!
Karina Bull has been with the Seattle Office for Civil Rights (SOCR) since 2006. Initially, she investigated discrimination complaints in employment, housing, contracting and public accommodations. In 2011, she became the staff lead for the Paid Sick and Safe Time (PSST) ordinance and drafted PSST administrative rules, handled employee complaints and provided technical assistance to thousands of employers. After her work on PSST, Karina was inspired to focus on broader level change through policy and community engagement. She transitioned to a new business liaison position at SOCR in summer 2013.
Previous to SOCR, Karina worked in human resources at City of Seattle’s Human Services Department; clerked at Multnomah County Attorney’s office and civil rights law firms focusing on employment, transportation equity, education and farm worker rights; and directed arts education programs for at-risk students and their teachers. Along the way, she worked part-time jobs in the private sector including an internet start-up and retail stores/restaurants.
Karina earned her law degree from Lewis and Clark School of Law in 2004 and is licensed to practice in Washington state. She earned her undergraduate degrees in English and History from Vanderbilt University in 1992. During her free time in Nashville, Karina volunteered as a DJ at a community radio station for 13 years. Currently, she chases after three young kids and tries to spend as much time as possible cycling, enjoying the outdoors and moving beyond beginner-level guitar.
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