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H.R. 4538 (114th): Senior Safe Act of 2016

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The summary below was written by the Congressional Research Service, which is a nonpartisan division of the Library of Congress, and was published on Jul 5, 2016.

Senior Safe Act of 2016

This bill provides immunity from liability of: (1) a supervisor, compliance officer (including a Bank Secrecy Act Officer), or registered representative for a covered financial institution who has received training in the identification and reporting of suspected exploitation of a senior citizen (at least 65 years old) and the protection of customer privacy that is appropriate to job responsibilities for disclosing such exploitation to a covered agency if the individual made the disclosure with reasonable care, including reasonable efforts to avoid disclosure other than to a covered agency; and (2) the financial institution for such a disclosure if the individual was employed by or, in the case of a registered representative, affiliated or associated with, the institution at the time of the disclosure and the institution had provided such training.

A "covered financial institution" is a credit union, depository institution, investment advisor, broker-dealer, insurance company, or state attorney general. A "covered agency" is a state financial regulatory agency, each of the federal financial institutions regulatory agencies, the Securities and Exchange Commission, a law enforcement agency, a state or local agency responsible for administering adult protective service laws, or a state attorney general.

A covered financial institution may provide such training to each of its supervisors, compliance officers (including a Bank Secrecy Act Officer), or registered representatives who: (1) may come into contact with a senior citizen as a regular part of duties; or (2) may review or approve the financial documents, records, or transactions of a senior citizen in connection with providing financial services.