Bankers Alliance Compliance Corner
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Q: I read that the FDIC recently proposed rules that would remove restrictions on hiring candidates with criminal histories. What should we be considering regarding these new proposed changes?
A: As you mention, the FDIC did recently propose amendments to its regulations concerning section 19 of the Federal Deposit Insurance Act in light of another law that was enacted at the end of 2022—the Fair Hiring in Banking Act. In part, the FHBA lifted some of the restrictions on banks hiring candidates with criminal histories. Specifically, it excluded or exempted certain categories of criminal offenses, including certain older offenses, offenses by individuals aged 21 or younger and “certain lesser offenses.” However, these proposed revisions are at least in part just the “FDIC’s interpretation of section 19 in light of the FHBA.” In other words, while the FDIC is able to propose revisions to its own regulations, only the U.S. Congress is able to amend the actual law outlined in Section 19 of the FDIA. Further, it’s imperative that the bank also review its insurance policies and with its insurance provider as necessary. While changes to the regulations may grant the bank more flexibility in its hiring, these same practices may still be excluded from coverage by insurance companies as a matter on agreement. In other words, an insurance company could likely deny a claim or even refuse to issue a bond, even if the law or regulations would otherwise allow it.
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