State Supreme Court Upholds Child Care Provider Privacy

October 31, 2019 –  SEIU 925 applauds today’s ruling by the Washington State Supreme Court to prohibit release of family child care providers’ personal information.

Initiative 1501, passed by Washington voters in 2016 by 70%, exempts certain information of in-home caregivers, including family child care providers, from public disclosure.

The case before the court involved a pre-I-1501 public disclosure request by the Freedom Foundation, an anti-union organization, to obtain the names and contact information of family child care providers represented by SEIU 925.

The court ruled that though the request was made before the new law became effective, releasing the information at this stage would  violate the statute enacted through I-1501.

Statement from SEIU 925 President Karen Hart on today’s state supreme court decision upholding the privacy protections of in-home care providers:
“Our members can rest easier knowing that today’s supreme court ruling protects both the safety of children in their care and their own privacy as in-home child care providers. They can spend their time providing quality care for kids rather than worrying about third parties with ulterior motives harassing them at their doors.”

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