Seattle City Councilmember Bruce Harrell

Dec 02 2015

Councilmember Harrell to Consider Labor Standards Bill; Vote on Resolution Supporting Job Access for People with Criminal Records

SEATTLE – Council’s Public Safety, Civil Rights and Technology Committee, chaired by Councilmember Bruce Harrell, will consider a bill tomorrow relating to improving labor standards for Seattle workers, and vote on a resolution supporting efforts to help individuals with criminal histories gain access to jobs that require a vocational license.

The committee will review the labor standards proposal, which would address violations of programs like wage theft, paid sick and safe time, $15 minimum wage and job assistance (“ban the box”). The bill would provide remedies for victims of labor violations, allows anonymity for worker complaints, and establishes a private right of action, which would allow employees to sue employers for violations.

The committee will vote on a resolution supporting the Certificate for Restoration of Opportunity Program (CROP). Currently, a person with a criminal record cannot attain jobs in more than 90 career paths that require vocational licenses, including barbers, commercial fishers, or dental hygienists. CROP would allow an individual to file for a civil motion certifying that the required time had passed, without any new arrests or convictions, and had met all the terms of their sentence. The resolution also requests that the Mayor convene a Prisoner and Community Corrections Re-entry Work Group to coordinate and strengthen the City’s efforts to assist prisoner re-entry.

The CROP proposal expands on Council’s efforts to improve public safety and access to jobs. Data from the 2013 Job Assistance “Ban the box” Legislation has demonstrated laws helping individuals gain access to jobs benefits Seattle’s economy and reduces recidivism.

WHAT:
Public Safety, Civil Rights and Technology Committee discussion on Labor Standards proposal; vote on resolution in support of Certificate of Restoration of Opportunity legislation

WHEN:
Wednesday, December 2
2:00 p.m.

WHERE:
Council Chambers, 2nd floor
Seattle City Hall
600 Fourth Ave., Seattle 98104

WHO:
Councilmembers
Dylan Orr, Office of Labor Standards
David Mendoza, Office of the Mayor
Columbia Legal Services

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