Preemployment Screening and Testing: Washington
Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.
Author: Bruce Cross, Perkins Coie LLP
- Washington limits the use of credit checks for employment purposes. See Credit Checks.
- Certain employers are required to conduct background checks for certain employees. See Mandatory Background Checks.
- A ban the box law restricting criminal history inquiries until a job applicant is deemed otherwise qualified for a position. See Arrests and Convictions.
- Washington's Human Rights Commission has adopted preemployment inquiry restrictions that comply with the Washington Law Against Discrimination. See Preemplyoment Inquiries.
- Washington recognizes claims for negligent hiring and retention. See Negligent Hiring.
- Washington law permits the use of marijuana for recreational purposes, but employers may enforce zero tolerance drug policies. See Drug Use.
- Washington law addresses AIDS testing, genetic testing and polygraph testing. See Preemployment Testing.
- Localities including Seattle and Spokane have requirements pertaining to preemployment screening and testing. See Local Requirements.