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The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Document Retention Requirements

Consumer Financial Protection BureauOver the past month, we have touched a good deal on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and its recent crusade to keep small businesses compliant. In our blog, “Your Small Business is not too small for the CFPB,” we outlined how the Bureau will extend its regulatory reach throughout each state, paying particular attention to small financial institutions, including non-depositories. In another blog, “Financial Institution Compliance and Loan Officer Compensation,” we explained how the CFPB was targeting non-depository lenders and community banks for failing to document loan officer compensations in its written employee agreements. Well, the CFPBH is still at it…

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Document Retention Requirements

The CFPB’s new document retention requirements mandate that lenders must document why and how a loan officer’s ultimate total compensation was calculated. Remember, the burden falls on lenders to prove their compensation plans and practices are fully compliant. And the easiest way to do this is through written documentation, including written policies and the documentation demonstrating such policies were in fact implemented and adhered to.

“Thus, any policies which affect compensation, which are not otherwise set forth in the compensation agreement, must be in writing,” explains Offit Kurman labor and employment attorney Ari Karen.

Consumer Financial Protection BureauIf you have questions about Financial Institution Compliance or the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Document Retention Requirements, please Mr. Karen at akaren@offitkurman.com. Mr. Karen is an experienced litigator and speaker who has focused his practice in representing financial institutions in both government investigations and litigation before state and federal trial and appellate courts nationwide.

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