Compliance

Business Lending Cap Becomes Barrier to Growth

July 20, 2009
ALM, business cycles, and the 12.25% cap affect business loan programs. Jim Jerving The recession’s effects on the banking system are well-chronicled—a stranglehold on the credit supply and dangerously low capital levels for some of the nation’s largest banks. The trickle-down effect has frozen credit at smaller, local banks that... READ MORE

Compliance is Recession-Proof

July 20, 2009
By Kathy Thompson I was just reading an article about how cosmetics and alcohol sales increase during trying times. Apparently, increased demands on compliance programs can be another “leading economic indicator” that there are problems out there. I want to assure you that we’re working behind the scenes to try... READ MORE

Compliance Q&A: Trade Names in Advertising

July 20, 2009
By Valerie Moss Q Can a federal credit union use a trade name in advertising? For example, could it use “ABC Community” rather than its full charter name, “ABC Community Federal Credit Union?”         A Yes. Part 740.2 of the National Credit Union Administration’s regulations states that... READ MORE

Compliance Q&A: CTRs

June 29, 2009
By Valerie Moss Q Can a credit union adopt a policy to disallow cash deposits and withdrawals of more than $10,000 per day to reduce the burden of filing Currency Transaction Reports (CTRs)?   A Yes. The Bank Secrecy Act doesn't prohibit limiting the dollar amount of transactions a credit... READ MORE

Four critical regulatory issues

June 24, 2009
Mary Dunn: Topping the regulatory agenda are regulatory restructuring, top-level changes at NCUA, examination issues, and corporate CU issues. CUNA Deputy Counsel Mary Dunn outlined four critical regulatory issues for credit unions during a morning breakout session Wednesday: 1. Regulatory restructuring. The proposed Consumer Financial Protection Agency is a “glass... READ MORE

Get a Grip on Compliance

June 17, 2009
LEAD STORY Say goodbye to compliance worries with tools from two CUNA strategic alliance providers. Compliance software from Verafin Inc., St. John’s, Newfoundland, helps you comply with the Bank Secrecy Act, USA PATRIOT Act, and Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act red flag rules. TraceSecurity Compliance Manager™ from TraceSecurity, Baton... READ MORE

Cramdowns: CUs Not Out of the Woods

June 17, 2009
A Supreme Court decision leaves an open question on unsecured second mortgages. Michael McLain It’s unlikely Congress will reconsider cramdown legislation in the short term, following its defeat in the Senate this spring. Before breathing a sigh of relief, you might want to read the rest of this article. The... READ MORE

Rebate Nets $13.5 million

June 17, 2009
LEAD STORY Despite a local economy mired in recession, American 1 Federal Credit Union’s recent loan rebate promotion showed there’s room for loan growth in Michigan. The $163 million asset, Jackson-based credit union offered a loan rebate in April that will give members who financed a closed-end, secured loan half... READ MORE

CU Grassroots Sprout Thick

June 17, 2009
Recent Hill actions prove the CU voice is heard in Washington. Mark Wolff Credit unions are known in Washington, D.C., for the power of their grassroots-based political involvement. A significant portion of the Credit Union National Association’s (CUNA) advocacy efforts go to grassroots cultivation. There’s the Hike the Hill program... READ MORE

Midyear Reflection

June 17, 2009
The first six months saw great challenges. More will come. Daniel A. Mica It has been said that time has no divisions to mark its passage. It’s just us humans who bang a drum, shoot off some fireworks, or declare a holiday to celebrate the moment. So, here’s a very... READ MORE

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Navigating the Muddy Waters of Flood Insurance Reform

One of the things PolicyWorks continues to assist our credit union clients with is wading through the deep waters of mortgage regulation. As CFPB Director Richard Cordray has acknowledged, many of the business practices implemented by the January 2014 mortgage rules have long been standards credit unions have adhered to. However, a tidal wave of […]

How to Write an Effective #CommentLetter

One of my favorite things about being a part of the credit union movement is the cooperative spirit; how everyone has a voice and a chance to be heard.  A great example of this is the comment letter – whenever an agency (such as NCUA, NACHA, CFPB, etc.) issues a proposed rule, they open the […]

Prepaid Cards and the CFPB

There has been a lot of chatter lately by the CFPB about prepaid cards and payroll cards (which are generally a form of a reloadable prepaid card used by an employer). We should expect a lot more chatter by “late spring” when the CFPB issues proposed rules. The CFPB issued two versions of model forms in […]
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Great article! Unfortunately, most employees don’t feel valued or appreciated by their supervisors or employers. In fact, research has shown that the predominant reason team members quit their jobs is because they don’t feel valued. This is in spite of the fact that employee recognition programs have proliferated in the workplace – over 90% of all organizations in the U.S. has some form of employee recognition activities in place. But most employee recognition programs are viewed with skepticism and cynicism – because they aren’t viewed as being genuine in their communication of appreciation. Getting the “employee of the month” award, receiving a certificate of recognition, or a “Way to go, team!” email just don’t get the job done. How do you communicate authentic appreciation? We have found people have different ways that they want to be shown appreciation, and if you don’t communicate in the language of appreciation important to them, you essentially “miss the mark”. Additionally, employees need to receive recognition more than once a year at their performance review. Otherwise, they view the praise as “going through the motions”. A third component of authentic appreciation is that the communication has to be about them personally – not the department, not their group, but something they did. Finally, they have to believe that you mean what you say. How you treat them has to match the words you use. If you are not sure how your team members want to be shown appreciation, the Motivating By Appreciation Inventory (www.appreciationatwork.com/assess) will identify the language of appreciation and specific actions preferred by each employee. You then can create a group profile for your team, so everyone knows how to encourage one another. Remember, employees want to know that they are valued for what they contribute to the success of the organization. And communicating authentic appreciation in the ways they desire it can make the difference between keeping your quality team members or having a negative work environment that everyone wants to leave. Paul White, Ph.D., is the co-author of The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace with Dr. Gary Chapman.

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