Tag Archives: Washington

Spokane County Adopts Ban the Box Policy to Prohibit Questions about Criminal History of Applicants

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Spokane County Board of Commissioners has voted to Ban the Box and will “remove questions about past criminal convictions from county job applications” to give applicants seeking employment with Spokane Country, Washington a fair chance, according to a report from The Spokesman-Review. Continue reading

Alleged Diploma Mill May Have Helped High School Football Team Cheat


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

An independent investigation by the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) and the Bellevue School District claims a Seattle-area high school football team used ineligible players, falsified addresses, and let players who could not qualify academically to play sports take classes at an alleged “diploma mill” with their tuition paid by boosters, according to a report from Courthouse News Service. Continue reading

Businesses Charged with Violating Seattle Ban the Box Law


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Seattle Office for Civil Rights (SOCR) records reveal 40 businesses were charged in the last year with allegedly violating the Seattle Job Assistance Ordinance, a Ban the Box law that took effect on November 1, 2013 that prohibits employers from asking about criminal history on job applications or advertising that jobs require background checks, reports KING 5 in Seattle, WA. Continue reading

Washington State Criminal Records Database Missing Dispositions


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A Performance Audit from the Washington State Auditor’s Office – “Improving the Completeness of Washington’s Criminal History Records Database” – has found that a third of the dispositions reported in the Judicial Information System (JIS) in 2012 were missing from the Washington State Identification System (WASIS). The audit report is at http://www.esrcheck.com/file/WA-Criminal-History-Records.pdf. Continue reading

Background Checks Not Required at Carnivals and Fairs

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Oregon and Washington – along with the federal government – do not require carnivals and fairs to run criminal background checks on employees who work around children and sometimes even handle them, according to a report by the KATU Channel 2 On Your Side Investigators in Portland, Oregon. Continue reading