Compliance

The Barometer of Influence

April 27, 2009
John Magill The movement’s political force has put CUNA at the bargaining table with legislators. Influence is to Congress what the dollar is to the economy. Both allow the holder to obtain a desired product. In the economy, the dollar gives you purchasing power. In Congress, influence gives you power,... READ MORE

Pay Discrimination Suits: The Door Widens

March 31, 2009
Karen Saul With pay discrimination, each paycheck is a new filing opportunity. The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009, the first legislation President Obama signed into law, has a retroactive effective date of May 28, 2007. It applies to all claims of discriminatory compensation pending on or after that... READ MORE

Let's Get Down To Business

March 30, 2009
Mike Schenk CUs could lend an additional $10 billion to the nation’s small businesses. Small businesses are noticing the credit union difference. While other lenders have tightened or curtailed business lending, credit unions have increased it. Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. statistics show banking industry business loans increased only 8% in... READ MORE

Work Continues On Stabilization Program

March 30, 2009
Mary Dunn The final costs to CUs are unknown at this time. Most agree the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) Board needed to act in January to assist the corporate credit unions and that it had few options. Concerned about capital and liquidity in these institutions that also might affect... READ MORE

Look for Opportunities Behind Corporate Banter

March 30, 2009
Pam Finch NCUA’s corporate CU proposal liberates movement leaders to talk structure. When news of the National Credit Union Administration’s (NCUA) corporate stabilization plan broke, you almost could see the smoke rising from the network server housing the CUNA CFO Council e-mail list activity. The opinions and emotions of the... READ MORE

CUs Need Conflict of Interest Policies, Disclosures

March 30, 2009
Kathleen Thompson Take note of IRS Form 990’s new Part VI on nonprofit governance. A new Internal Revenue Service (IRS) requirement has focused attention on credit unions’ need for conflict of interest policies and annual disclosure processes for board members and senior staff to report possible conflicts. Review a sample... READ MORE

'We'll Get Through This Together'

March 27, 2009

CUNA President/CEO Dan Mica to GAC attendees: 'Our work as your trade association is focused on finding other alternatives...and mitigating the cost to CUs.'

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New Card Rules Spark Review

February 20, 2009
Michael McLain NCUA changes prohibit certain credit card practices for FCUs. The National Credit Union Administration (NCUA), Office of Thrift Supervision, and Federal Reserve Board issued final rules in December 2008 to better protect credit card users. The rules prohibit certain unfair and deceptive acts or practices, and improve consumer... READ MORE

Steer Members From Fuelish Loans

February 20, 2009
LEAD STORY When gasoline prices surpassed $4 per gallon last summer, siphoning consumers’ discretionary income, some members of Holy Rosary Credit Union, Rochester, N.H., faced the prospect of borrowing money to pay home heating expenses when winter came. That didn’t sit well with Brian Hughes, president/CEO of the $135 million... READ MORE

Compliance Q&A: Electronic Disclosures

February 20, 2009
By Valerie Moss Q True or false: Credit unions must maintain electronic disclosures on their home banking Web sites for at least 90 days.   A False . The Federal Reserve Board eliminated this requirement because industry practice is to retain the information for much longer. The Fed also eliminated... READ MORE

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#FinCEN smuggling & trafficking guidance

Detecting and reporting suspicious transactions is essential in the financial industry. FinCEN issued an advisory last week to help financial institutions identify “red flags” to assist with the identification and reporting of suspicious financial activities connected with human smuggling and trafficking. Detecting and reporting: Important observations when interacting with members and throughout the credit unions […]

SCRA: An Acronym You Need to Know

In May, the United States Department of Justice announced a $60 million settlement with student loan servicer Sallie Mae for alleged violations of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA). As a result, the once seemingly forgotten 4th fair lending law now resumes its rightful place center stage. If it’s been awhile since your credit union’s […]

Elder Justice Site Launched

Whether it has become more common due to our aging society, or it is simply more prevalent in the news, elder abuse is receiving more attention as of late.  The Department of Justice felt that this topic was deserving of additional resources, and thus created an Elder Justice website. The website contains resources for victims […]
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