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June 7, 2013 at 6:34 AM

City considers limiting crime checks by employers

Don’t micromanage hiring practices

The arrogance of Seattle City Councilmember Bruce Harrell and his followers in government who want to micromanage the hiring practices of private employers — forcing them to jump through additional hoops when engaged in the already time-consuming and expensive process of recruiting new employees — is sad, only because it is but one of many examples in which government wishes to assert control while assuming no responsibility for any untoward outcomes [“City may limit use of crime checks in hiring,” page one, June 5].

These are the same “leaders” who propose sealing juvenile records, compelling landlords to house ex-convicts, and foisting all the trappings of government social programs onto the private sector, with no compensation and no shared risk.

If I hire an ex-felon and he turns out to not be “turning his life around” quite as much as he asserted during his interview, do I call Harrell to come watch the till, protect other employees and/or customers and pay the legal fees and damage awards a bad employee could make me liable for?

The fact is that ex-cons do get jobs; otherwise, the statistic your paper quotes — one in four adults having a criminal record — would mean an unemployment rate of 25 percent or more.

Bruce Haigh, Kirkland

Comments | Topics: crime checks, criminals, employers

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