Final Rule Covering Payroll Card Accounts Under Regulation E Approved and Request for Comment on an Interim Final Rule
August 25, 2006
Circular No. 11806

To All Depository Institutions and Others Concerned
in the Second Federal Reserve District:

The Federal Reserve Board has announced its approval of a final rule to provide that payroll card accounts are covered by the Board's consumer protection regulation governing electronic fund transfers.

The final rule grants flexibility to financial institutions that must provide account transaction information to payroll card users. The amendments to address payroll card accounts are being made to Regulation E, which implements the Electronic Fund Transfer Act, and to the official staff commentary, which interprets the requirements of Regulation E.  The effective date is July 1, 2007.

In a separate action, the Board has requested public comment on an interim final rule to provide additional clarification regarding Regulation E's coverage of the electronic collection of insufficient funds fees by merchants and other payees and consumer notice requirements for electronic check conversion transactions. The effective date for the interim final rule is January 1, 2007, consistent with a previously issued January 2006 final rule; however, certain provisions regarding the fee disclosures will have a delayed compliance date of January 1, 2008.

Comments on the interim final rule are requested within thirty days after publication in the Federal Register, which is expected shortly.

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