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FINRA Registrant Background Screening Update by j.kenney

As most of our financial clients are aware, effective July 1, 2015, your organization will need to conduct additional background screening on your Financial Industry Regulatory Agency (FINRA) registrants as part of the FINRA registration process. This requirement arises from a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking from FINRA published in the Code of Federal Register on October 3, 2014 that was thereafter approved by Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Order on December 30, 2014.

The text of the FINRA Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and the text of the SEC Order December Order, state:
 “The firm’s written procedures must, at a minimum, provide for a search of reasonably available public records conducted by the member or a third party service provider to verify the accuracy and completeness of the information contained in an applicant’s Form U4.” In a footnote 32 to the Proposed Rule and included in the SEC Order discussion, it is further stated that “Public records include, but are not limited to general information, such as name and address of individuals, criminal records, bankruptcy records, civil litigations and judgments, liens, and business records.”
So, what constitutes “a search of reasonable available public records conducted by the member or a third-party service provider to verify the accuracy and completeness of the information contained in an applicant’s
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Mary Weaver discusses King v Burwell which challenges the legality of tax credits being allowed to purchase health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. Today is the day that the Supreme Court hears oral arguments in the case of King v. Burwell.  Everyone is on pins and needles waiting to hear the opinion.  It will be difficult waiting until late summer, which is when we expect to get the Court’s opinion.  Voices on both sides are trying to predict the outcome and are speculating as to what actions will take place once the opinion has been delivered.

Hiring in India – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly by

As the world's largest democracy, India is a diverse and complex country with hundreds of languages, 10 million students and a 484 million-strong workforce, representing huge opportunities for global business. But with huge opportunities come big risks, which any company hiring in India needs to understand and manage to protect their business.

Bank of England Consults on Changes to 'Fitness and Propriety' Checks by m.downing
The Bank of England has recently announced proposed changes to Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) requirements which will have a direct impact on employment screening for UK financial institutions. The proposals include extending regulation and certification rules to all employees of relevant firms (except staff carrying out "purely ancillary functions") and the annual renewal of certification for all regulated roles.
Uganda Circulates Draft Data Protection and Privacy Bill 2014 for Public Consultation by
On November 15, the National Information Technology Authority Uganda, together with the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology and the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, circulated a draft Data Protection and Privacy Bill, 2014 for public consultation. Keep reading for an overview of the proposed legislation. 
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