Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On December 6, 2018, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) – the U.S. government agency responsible for consumer protection in the financial sector that may soon be called the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (BCFP) – announced a settlement with State Farm Bank for violating the Fair …Continue reading "CFPB Settles with Bank for Violating FCRA by Obtaining Consumer Reports without Permissible Purpose"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On August 20, 2018, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) – an independent agency created by the U.S. Congress to maintain stability and public confidence in the nation’s financial system – issued Modifications to the Statement of Policy (SOP) for Section 19 of the Federal Deposit Insurance …Continue reading "FDIC Issues Modifications to Statement of Policy for Section 19 of the Federal Deposit Insurance Act"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Beginning on July 9, 2018, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) started to perform financial background checks that include a public records review within 15 calendar days after a firm applies to register an individual with FINRA to enhance the quality of information about individual brokers available …Continue reading "FINRA Launches Enhanced Process for Financial Background Checks of Brokers"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On November 21, 2017, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) – which regulates brokerage firms doing business in the U.S. – announced it had fined J.P. Morgan Securities, LLC $1.25 million for failing to conduct adequate background checks on approximately 8,600, or 95 percent, of its non-registered associated …Continue reading "FINRA Fines J.P. Morgan Securities $1.25 Million for Failing to Conduct Adequate Background Checks"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On August 2, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) ordered JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. to pay a $4.6 million penalty for failing to comply with obligations outlined in the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) related to the accuracy of information about consumer checking account behavior provided …Continue reading "CFPB Orders Bank to Pay $4.6 Million Penalty for Violating FCRA Requirements for Checking Account Screening Reports"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn In February of 2017, nearly a dozen former employees of Wells Fargo bank filed a lawsuit in a South Dakota District federal court that claimed they were fired from their jobs for minor criminal charges already disclosed when they were originally hired after Wells Fargo conducted background …Continue reading "Wells Fargo Sued by Former Employees Fired Over Background Checks"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn With data breaches front page news in 2016, industries dealing with sensitive and confidential information – especially in the financial sector – know ensuring data security from third party service providers is mission critical. The fact that businesses including banks and financial institutions will seek stronger …Continue reading "Financial Institutions Will Seek Stronger Security Measures from Screening Providers including SOC 2 Reports and NAPBS Accreditation"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona has granted JPMorgan Chase a summary judgment motion in a class action lawsuit that claimed the banking and financial services company violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) when obtaining Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) background checks, …Continue reading "JPMorgan Chase Granted Summary Judgment in FCRA Class Action Lawsuit over Background Checks"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has fined Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. $100 million – the largest penalty the CFPB ever imposed – as part of a total fine of $185 million “for the widespread illegal practice of secretly opening unauthorized deposit and credit card accounts,” according …Continue reading "Wells Fargo Fined $185 Million for Secretly Opening Unauthorized Accounts"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A survey of more than 1,100 workers conducted by the National Financial Educators Council (NFEC) found 5.2 percent of respondents reported they were turned down for jobs due to their financial background while 26.3 percent reported employers ran financial background checks on them.Continue reading "Over Five Percent of Workers Turned Down for Jobs Due to Financial Background Checks"