Employers Must Update FCRA Notices for Background Checks by January 1

High-profile enforcement actions by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) have increased overall employer awareness of the employer-specific requirements of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and corresponding state laws. Before January 1, 2013, employers should use the new FCRA notices for their background check programs, which reflect modest changes to the mandatory agency-drafted FCRA summary of rights form (the "FCRA Summary of Rights"). The FCRA Summary of Rights form must be included: (1) as an enclosure with the first of the two "adverse action" notices – the "pre-adverse action" notice; and (2) with the disclosures for "investigative consumer reports" (i.e., consumer reports based on personal interviews conducted by a consumer reporting agency (CRA), such as in-depth reference checks). The updates reflect the transfer of much of the responsibility for interpreting the FCRA from the FTC to the newly created Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). To learn more about the new FCRA notice and its potential implications for employers, please continue reading Littler's ASAP, Employers Must Update FCRA Notices for Their Background Check Programs Before January 1, 2013, by Rod Fliegel and Jennifer Mora.

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