Firms Must Now Disclose Why They Fired A Broker
FINRA Regulatory Notice 10-39 reminds brokerage firms of their obligation to report timely, complete and accurate information on Form U5 (Uniform Termination Notice for Securities Industry Regulation). Historically, firms have used very general terms indicating why their financial adviser was terminated, such as violated “firm policy”, which shows up on his or her CRD. Such vague and ambiguous terminology is meaningless to members of the public who are searching FINRA BrokerCheck for someone to handle their life savings or another firm who is attempting to decide whether or not to hire a particular individual. Consequently, it is no longer sufficient to report only that a person violated “firm policy” when they have been fired. If a firm is obligated to report that a registered person was terminated because he or she violated a firm policy, then the firm must identify the policy and provide sufficient facts and circumstances to enable the reader to understand what conduct was involved.