Ban the box ordinance now official in Waterloo

Waterloo's “Fair Chance Initiative” passed in a 4-2 city council vote on Oct. 7, 2019. (KCRG File)
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WATERLOO, Iowa (KCRG) - Waterloo's ban the box ordinance is now official.

City council members voted 4-3 to approve the ordinance Monday night. It prevents the city and private employers from having a question about criminal records on job applications.

The ordinance now includes an investigation and penalty process to protect an employer from a civil lawsuit. Businesses are expected to comply with the rules starting July 1.