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September 9, 2019
NAPBS is now PBSA
Announcement to Members that NAPBS is now PBSA.
August 16, 2019
Arkansas Litigation Update - NAPBS Wins Summary Judgment Motion
Earlier this week Judge Piazza ruled that Bentonville, AR District Clerk, Jennifer Jones, violated the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) when she withheld court records and refused to release them to professional background screeners. After multiple attempts to legally obtain public record information for background screening purposes, NAPBS pursued litigation against the District Court of Benton County - Bentonville Division in July of 2018.
August 12, 2019
Bylaws and/or Articles changes
As with any association, a change to the Bylaws and/or Articles requires a vote of the membership to support those changes. With that, we ask all members to attend the NAPBS Annual Meeting where members will vote on the proposed changes to the Association Bylaws.
August 1, 2019
NAPBS Overview of Recent FCRA Activity
Over the course of a mark-up that extended over two days, the House Financial Services Committee reported more than a dozen pending bills, including five that would amend the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). Many of the bills reflect strong input from consumer protection groups and contain amendments to the FCRA that would fundamentally alter that statute and the consumer reporting industries. The FCRA-related bills passed by party-line votes and Republican efforts to modify the bills were also each defeated on a party-line basis.
July 31, 2019
FCRA-related bills 2019
Over the course of a mark-up that extended over two days, the House Financial Services Committee reported more than a dozen pending bills, including five that would amend the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). Many of the bills reflect strong input from consumer protection groups and contain amendments to the FCRA that would fundamentally alter that statute and the consumer reporting industries. The FCRA-related bills passed by party-line votes and Republican efforts to modify the bills were also each defeated on a party-line basis.
July 29, 2019
Economic Growth, regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act of 2018
On July 16, the General Accounting Office submitted a report to Congress after concluding a yearlong study required under the Economic Growth, regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act of 2018. The study encompassed a range of issues related to the consumer reporting market, including the current legal and regulatory structure, inaccuracies in consumer reports, and data security. NAPBS was able to meet with the GAO in early 2019 to provide the perspective of its members as GAO reviewed the entirety of businesses comprising the consumer reporting profession.
June 17, 2019
Social Security Administration Announces Initial Roll Out of New Electronic Consent Based Social Security Number ("SSN") Verification Service for Financial Institutions or Their Service Providers
Social Security Administration Announces Initial Roll Out of New Electronic Consent Based Social Security Number ("SSN") Verification Service for Financial Institutions or Their Service Providers
May 21, 2019
Ninth Circuit Weighs In on Calculating the FCRA's Seven-Year Reporting Rule
Ninth Circuit Weighs In on Calculating the FCRA's Seven-Year Reporting Rule
May 14, 2019
NAPBS Globalization and Arkansas Records Access Litigation Update
NAPBS Globalization and Arkansas Records Access Litigation Update
April 25, 2019
NAPBS Updates Accreditation Policies & Procedures
The Background Screening Agency Accreditation Program (BSAAP) Policies & Procedures is undergoing a thorough review as we prepare the accreditation program for expansion. There has, however, been an immediate change which opens the program up to more firms. This update allows all firms who are currently acting as a consumer reporting agency, providing consumer reports for employment purposes directly to end-users, to apply for accreditation. Previously the program was limited to only those consumer reporting agencies where 50% or more of their business revenue resulted from the sale of employment screening reports to end-users. Effective immediately any firm acting as a consumer reporting agency and providing consumer reports for employment purposes directly to end-users, regardless of whether this is the firm's primary source of revenue, is eligible to apply for accreditation under the BSAAP.
April 12, 2019
Update on NY OCA Fee Increase
NAPBS has just received word that Governor Cuomo of New York has signed the 2019-2020 New York State budget into law today, Friday, April 12, 2019. With his signature, New York Office of Court Administration record searches will now be increased from $65 to $95, effective immediately.
April 3, 2019
New York Budget Included Drastic Increase to OCA Search Fees
On Monday, April 1st, after prolonged negotiations the New York Legislature passed their 2019-2020 State Budget. The budget as passed includes a dramatic increase to Office of Court Administration (OCA) searches from $65 to $95.
April 2, 2019
Recent GAO Report and Fair Housing Act Ruling
On March 26, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report to Congressional requesters on actions that could strengthen oversight of Consumer Reporting Agencies. In the report, the GAO recommended that the Federal Trade Commission be given stronger civil penalty authority to enforce laws that protect consumer data and that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) "reassess its prioritization of examinations to address" consumer reporting company security. | On March 25, the United States District Court for the District Court of Connecticut denied the defendants motion to dismiss, holding that consumer reporting agencies (CRAs) must comply with the Fair Housing Act (FHA) when their services include automated scoring or grading criteria for property managers. In the case, the defendant's services included the ability for clients/property managers to select criteria which would deem an applicant ineligible for housing. The reports prepared using the automated scoring then indicate whether the applicant meets or does not meet the criteria established by client - the underlying results that were used to determine whether the applicant meets or does not meet the criteria were not included in the report.
January 31, 2019
GAO Interview Follow-up
As per a previous announcement, NAPBS met with a team from GAO earlier this month in response to their request for an interview with NAPBS as they prepare a report on CRAs as required by SB 2155.
December 18, 2018
Industry Survey & GAO Interview
Member Advisory Regarding NAPBS Industry Survey & GAO Interview
December 14, 2018
Smith v. Mutual of Omaha
Prepared by Troutman Sanders | A court in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Iowa recently ruled the protections applicable when consumer reports are obtained for "employment purposes" under the Fair Credit Reporting Act ("FCRA") do not extend to reports obtained for independent contractors. This issue has been unsettled and both employers and background screening companies alike have lacked clear guidance with respect to background reports for independent contractors. The decision becomes part of a small but growing body of law providing clarity on this recurring issue of importance.
November 26, 2018
NAPBS Joins CDIA In Filing Amicus Brief In the Matter of Rental Housing Assoc. of Washington vs. City of Seattle
Last week CDIA and NAPBS filed a joint amicus brief in support of the Rental Housing of Washington Association in its litigation against the City of Seattle. In August of 2017, the city of Seattle passed an ordinance which effectively prohibits background screening for tenancy purposes in the city of Seattle.
October 25, 2018
NAPBS Canada Granted Exemption for Background Screening Firms Under Bill 113
The Ontario government has confirmed the exemption to Section 12 of Bill 113 The Police Records Checks Reform Act, 2015, has been granted. This exemption covers third party agents, like our NAPBS members, and eliminates the need for sharing of the criminal record result with the applicant and obtaining consent from the applicant before sharing the information with a designated end user.
October 16, 2018
NAPBS Canada Chapter Seeks Exemption for Background Screening Firms Under Bill 113
On December 1, 2015, the Ontario government passed Bill 113, the Police Record Checks Reform Act, 2015 (the "Act"), which limits the types of information that can be released by police record checks and aims to standardize disclosure procedures as it relates to search results. The Canada Chapter has been lobbying the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services ("Ministry") since April of 2015 to advocate for our profession. We are pleased to announce that as of Friday, October 5, 2018, the Ministry is actively drafting exemption language for both the criminal record check search and the criminal record check and judicial matters check.

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