Posts for 'Labor Relations'

CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS AND EMPLOYMENT

June 14th, 2013

On Monday, June 10, the Seattle City Council unanimously approved an ordinance that will encourage employers to fully consider all job applicants without ruling people out because of possible criminal background. The purpose of the law is to give the opportunity for applicants to demonstrate that they have been rehabilitated and secure employment, instead of […]

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WALMART, SEPA, AND NEIGHBORHOODS

May 29th, 2012

The Council is working on changes to the way the City implements the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) in the regulatory reform legislation now under consideration.  The goal of this component of the legislation is to encourage development in areas that the City has identified for future growth by eliminating redundant regulations.  That means not […]

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PAID SICK LEAVE: GOOD IDEA, WRONG LEGISLATION

September 13th, 2011

On Monday, September 12, by a vote of 8 to 1 the Council approved legislation requiring Seattle employers to provide paid sick leave days to their employees. I voted against the legislation, although I believe that paid sick leave should be ensured to all people in a humane and just society, and appreciate the work […]

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APPRECIATING PUBLIC EMPLOYEES

March 22nd, 2011

Events in Wisconsin and other states threaten the rights of hard-working public employees.  On Monday, March 7 the Seattle City Council unanimously approved Resolution 31271 supporting the right of public employees to collective bargaining (essentially, the right to join and be represented by labor unions)*.  The resolution also declared March 8 as “Public Employee Appreciation […]

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