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Six New State Laws That Affect Employment

May 2018 Bar Bulletin
 

By Karen Sutherland and Reilly Wynn

The Legislature was more active than usual in the area of employment law this past session, taking several steps to expand and clarify workers’ rights. This article summarizes some of the key legislation that was passed and signed by Gov. Jay Inslee.

Asking about Arrests or Convictions before Determining that an Applicant Is Qualified
House Bill 1298
Signed March 13; Effective June 7

House Bill 1298, also known as the Washington Fair Chance Act, prohibits employers from asking job applicants about arrest and/or conviction records prior to determining the candidate is qualified for the position. Employers are also prohibited...

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