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What are the Different Disclosure Requirements?

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  • Written By: Malcolm Tatum
  • Edited By: Bronwyn Harris
  • Last Modified Date: 25 November 2016
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Disclosure is the voluntary release of information when two parties are about to enter into some sort of relationship. The exact nature of the information that is necessary to share will vary from one situation to another. Disclosure requirements for employment situations, admission into private organizations, or for participation in some type of financial transaction differ, based on the regulations that apply in the jurisdiction where the relationship is established, and the nature of the relationship itself.

In many locations, the disclosure requirements for employment are very basic. The applicant must provide information that helps to establish his or her identity, such as proper identification. In the United States, this includes presenting a valid Social Security card and a picture ID. Depending on the nature of the employment, the applicant may also need to disclose any prior legal issues, such as past arrests or time served in prison. It is not unusual for the applicant to grant the prospective employer with the right to conduct a background check as part of the employment process.

There are some types of information that cannot be collected as part of the disclosure requirements in many situations. For example, asking for information about the religious preference or sexual orientation of an applicant is forbidden in many jurisdictions. Depending on the nature of the work involved, the prospective employer may choose to not inquire about the state of the applicant’s finances, or any details regarding his or her personal life.

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For people who are seeking to join private organizations, the disclosure requirements are often a little different. While providing information to establish identity is still part of the process, the private organization may require disclosure of personal data that is beyond the information needed for employment. Private organizations may ask for information about personal habits and other private matters that employers are not allowed to inquire about. For example, a private organization that restricts membership to people of a certain religion may require that applicants provide proof that they subscribe to that particular faith.

When it comes to investing situations, the disclosure requirements not only include the establishment of the identity of the investor, but also his or her ability to comply with all financial obligations connected with the investment activity. This generally involves the ability to provide information on the financial holdings of the investor, as well as data on his or her general credit rating. This type of disclosure actually protects all parties involved, since it prohibits the investor from receiving credit or making commitments that ultimately cannot be honored.

It is important to understand the nature and scope of the disclosure requirements involved before proceeding with pursuit of the working relationship. In some cases, current laws within the jurisdiction will regulate these requirements. When this is the case, any entity that demands information specifically excluded by current legal regulations should be reported to the proper authorities immediately.

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