Federal Payroll, Gift, and Prepaid Card Developments: FDIC Deposit Insurance Eligibility and the Credit Card Act of 2009

The Business Lawyer, Vol. 65, p. 261, November 2009

Indiana Legal Studies Research Paper No. 155

11 Pages Posted: 3 Mar 2010 Last revised: 30 Jul 2014

Sarah Jane Hughes

Indiana University Bloomington School of Law

Date Written: 2009

Abstract

Prepaid and other stored-value products have grown into major tools for making retail payments and payments of wages to employees. This article discusses two major developments in federal law that pertain to stored-value products - the November 2008 - revision of primary guidance from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation on the scope of eligibility of payroll cards for deposit insurance, and Congress’ May, 2009 enactment of the CARD Act, which takes effect on February 22, 2010. The CARD Act is the first effort by the federal government to regulate gift cards. It established federal standards relating to subjects on which state laws varied widely, and preempts state laws. In addition, the CARD Act gave to the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System rule making authority over gift cards, general-use prepaid cards, and electronic gift certificates. The Act also grants to the Department of the Treasury authority to adopt comprehensive regulations concerning the issuance, sale, redemption and international transport of stored-value cards. This authority reflects growing concerns that money launderers are increasingly able to move funds through stored-value products.

Keywords: prepaid cards , Card Act of 2009, payroll cards, deposit insurance, Electronic Fund Transfer Act

Suggested Citation

Hughes, Sarah Jane, Federal Payroll, Gift, and Prepaid Card Developments: FDIC Deposit Insurance Eligibility and the Credit Card Act of 2009 (2009). The Business Lawyer, Vol. 65, p. 261, November 2009; Indiana Legal Studies Research Paper No. 155. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1559322

Sarah Jane Hughes (Contact Author)

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