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Body:Section 25-1-40

Electronic access to wage reports.

(a) For purposes of this section, the following terms have the following meanings:

(1) CONSUMER REPORTING AGENCY. Any person, entity, or agency which, for monetary fees, dues, or on a cooperative nonprofit basis, regularly engages in whole or in part in the practice of assembling or evaluating consumer credit information or other information on consumers for the purpose of furnishing consumer reports to third parties, and which uses any means or facility of interstate commerce for the purpose of preparing or furnishing consumer reports.

(2) DEPARTMENT. The Department of Labor.

(3) USER. The same meaning as set forth in the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act, 15 U.S.C. §1681 et seq.

(b) Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, the department may contract with one or more consumer reporting agencies to provide secure electronic access to employer-provided information relating to the quarterly wages report submitted in accordance with the state's unemployment compensation law. Such access is limited to the wage reports for the preceding 16 calendar quarters.

(c) A user shall receive written consent from the consumer prior to receiving the information pursuant to subsection (b). The written consent from the consumer shall be signed and shall contain all of the following:

(1) Specific notice that the individual's wage and employment history information will be released to a consumer reporting agency.

(2) Notice that any release is made for the sole purpose of reviewing a specific application made by the individual.

(3) Notice that the files of the department containing wage and employment history information submitted by the individual or his or her employers may be accessed.

(4) A listing of the parties authorized to receive the released information.

(d) Consumer reporting agencies and users accessing information under this section shall safeguard the confidentiality of such information and shall use the information only to support a single transaction for the user to satisfy standard financial underwriting requirements or other requirements imposed upon the user, and to satisfy the obligations of the user under applicable state or federal fair credit reporting laws and rules governing this section.

(e) If any consumer reporting agency or creditor violates any provision of this section, the department shall, upon 30 days' written notice to the consumer reporting agency, terminate the contract established between the department and the consumer reporting agency pursuant to this section. In no event shall the department be liable for any violation by the consumer reporting agency or creditor of any provision of this section.

(f) The department shall establish minimum audit, security, net worth, and liability insurance standards, technical requirements, and any other terms and conditions considered necessary in the discretion of the department to safeguard the confidentiality of the information released under this section and to otherwise serve the public interest. The department shall also include, in coordination with any necessary audit procedures to ensure that the safeguards are followed.

(g) In contracting with one or more consumer reporting agencies pursuant to this section, any revenues generated by any contract shall be used to pay the entire cost of providing access to the information. In accordance with federal regulations, any additional revenue generated by the department or the state under this section shall be paid into the Employment Security Administration Fund with continuous appropriation for the administration of the unemployment compensation system or as otherwise provided by law.

(h) The department may not provide wage and employment history information to any consumer reporting agency before the consumer reporting agency under contract with the department pays all development and start-up costs incurred by the state in connection with the design, installation, and administration of technological systems and procedures for the electronic access program.

(i) The release of any information under this section shall be for a purpose authorized by and in the manner permitted by the United States Department of Labor and any subsequent rules or regulations adopted by that department.

(Act 2000-265, p. 409, §1.)