Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn
A St. Louis, Missouri woman has filed a lawsuit against the “big three” credit reporting agencies – Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion – for declaring her “deceased” in her credit files and making it impossible for her to receive credit or loans, according to a story from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Continue reading
A Federal Trade Commission (FTC) study of accuracy in the U.S. credit reporting industry has found that one in five consumers – an estimated 40 million Americans, according to a ‘60 Minutes’ report on the FTC study – had an error on at least one of their three major credit reports while five percent had significant errors on one of their credit reports that could result in less favorable terms for auto loans and insurance. The full text of the FTC report is available at http://www.ftc.gov/os/2013/02/130211factareport.pdf. Continue reading
By Lester Rosen, President of ESR
Some employers may have read about new rules that went into effect July 1, 2010, that potentially affect the accuracy of employment verifications. For employers concerned about the new rules, the short answer is that it does not affect how and when an employer receives a background report. It also does not impact a standard response to a request for a past employment check. At most, it may only affect certain limited employers in their role as a â€œfurnisher of information to third parties as defined by the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA).
For example, it has been suggested that the new rules could potentially impact an employer that is utilizing a third party services firm that routinely collects employment data such as payroll data or creates an employment database.
The new rules are at http://www.ftc.gov/os/2009/07/R611017factafrn.pdf. They stem from the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act (FACTA) of 2003, which among other things, provided consumers a means to obtain free yearly credit report from the credit bureaus. The new law also required federal agencies to implement new rules aimed at promoting the accuracy and â€œintegrityof information that furnishers provide to consumer reporting agencies. A furnisher is a party that provides information. The main thrust of the new regulations is aimed at organizations such as banks, financial institutions and credit card firms that provide data to the credit bureaus that are used to create consumer credit reports.
Although ESR cannot provide legal advice and it is possible that future clarifications may come out from the Federal Trade Commission or other sources, it certainly appears that the regulations do not affect an employer that simply responds to a standard request for a past employment check, and does not impact employers at all that are users of background reports.
Please contact Employment Screening Resources (ESR) at www.ESRcheck.com if you have any questions.