8/31/2012 Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Mandates New FCRA Forms for Employers



The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has exercised its regulatory authority by making a change to three notices required by the Fair Credit Reporting Act, effective January 1, 2013. The change directs consumers, furnishers and users of employee background checks to the CFPB instead of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and are part of the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Pub.L. 111-203, H.R. 4173) that President Barack Obama signed into law on July 21, 2010. While the CFPB does not have supervisory authority over background checks, it does have rule making and enforcement powers over the FCRA.

The forms that are being updated are all used in the background screening process, and are required by the FCRA. They include:

To comply with the new law, employers and CRA’s will need to stop using the old forms/notices by January 1, 2013.

This is one of the first actions taken by the CFPB to directly impact employment background checks, but we don’t expect it to be the last. The CFPB has been called upon by consumer watchdog groups to make this change and other changes that could impact the screening process.  Look to EmployeeScreenIQ to keep you up-to-date, and contact us with any questions.