Employment Screening Requirements relating to information
605. Requirements relating to
information contained in consumer reports [15 U.S.C. § 1681c]
(a) Information excluded from consumer
reports. Except as authorized under subsection (b) of this section, no
consumer reporting agency may make any consumer report containing any of the
following items of information:
- (1) Cases under title 11 [United States
Code] or under the Bankruptcy Act that, from the date of entry of the order
for relief or the date of adjudication, as the case may be, antedate the
report by more than 10 years.
- (2) Civil
suits, civil judgments, and records of arrest that from date of entry,
antedate the report by more than seven years or until the governing statute
of limitations has expired, whichever is the longer period.
- (3) Paid tax liens which, from date of
payment, antedate the report by more than seven years.
- (4) Accounts placed for collection or
charged to profit and loss which antedate the report by more than seven
- (5) Any other adverse item of information,
other than records of convictions of crimes which antedates the report by
more than seven years.1
(b) Exempted cases. The provisions of
subsection (a) of this section are not applicable in the case of any consumer
credit report to be used in connection with
- (1) a credit transaction involving, or
which may reasonably be expected to involve, a principal amount of $150,000
- (2) the underwriting of life insurance
involving, or which may reasonably be expected to involve, a face amount of
$150,000 or more; or
- (3) the employment of any individual at an
annual salary which equals, or which may reasonably be expected to equal
$75,000, or more.
(c) Running of reporting period.
- (1) In general. The 7-year period referred
to in paragraphs (4) and (6)(2)
of subsection (a) shall begin, with respect to any delinquent account that
is placed for collection (internally or by referral to a third party,
whichever is earlier), charged to profit and loss, or subjected to any
similar action, upon the expiration of the 180-day period beginning on the
date of the commencement of the delinquency which immediately preceded the
collection activity, charge to profit and loss, or similar action.
- (2) Effective date. Paragraph (1) shall
apply only to items of information added to the file of a consumer on or
after the date that is 455 days after the date of enactment of the Consumer
Credit Reporting Reform Act of 1996
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