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NEW EMPLOYMENT LAWS FOR CALIFORNIA
updated 02/11/14 10:54 AM
Many of Them Took Effect Jan. 1
California enacted a number of new laws in 2013 affecting employment relationships. Here, we highlight some of the key changes for credit unions to take note of as they plan for 2014. Unless otherwise noted, all laws took effect Jan. 1.

Training Time-Off for Reserve Peace Officers and Emergency Rescue Personnel
Assembly Bill 11; Logue—Prior law required California employers with 50 or more employees to provide temporary leaves of absence of up to 14 days per calendar year for employees who are volunteer firefighters for the purpose of fi re or law enforcement training. AB 11 adds reserve peace officers and emergency rescue personnel to this list and expands the law to cover time off for emergency rescue training.

Expansion of ‘Paid Family Leave’
Senate Bill 770; Jackson—California’s Paid Family Leave Program provides a wage replacement benefit that allows eligible employees to take up to six weeks of partially paid leave from their jobs each year to care for a seriously ill child, spouse, parent, domestic partner, or to bond with a minor child within one year of the birth or placement of the child in foster care or adoption. Effective July 1, 2014, SB 770 expands the definition of “family member” to allow Paid Family Leave for workers who take time off to care for seriously ill grandparents, grandchildren, siblings, and parents-in-law.

Time-Off for Crime Victims
Senate Bill 288; Lieu—SB 288 prohibits an employer from discharging, or in any manner discriminating or retaliating against, an employee who is a victim of a specified crime for taking time off from work to appear in any court proceeding. “Victim” means any person who suffers direct or threatened physical, psychological, or financial harm as a result of the commission or attempted commission of a crime or delinquent act. It also includes the person’s spouse, parent, child, sibling, or guardian.

Protection for Military and Veteran Status
Assembly Bill 556; Salas—AB 556 adds “military and veteran status” to the list of categories protected from employment discrimination under the Fair Employment and Housing Act.

Protection for Victims of Stalking
Senate Bill 400; Jackson—Prior law prohibited employers from discharging, or in any manner discriminating or retaliating against, a victim of domestic violence or sexual assault if the victim takes time off to attend to issues arising as a result of the crime. SB 400 strengthens those protections and extends them to victims of stalking. It also adds an obligation to provide reasonable accommodations (e.g., transfer, reassignment, modified schedule, changed work telephone, etc.) for a victim who requests it for his or her safety at work.

Definition of ‘Sexual Harassment’
Senate Bill 292; Corbett—SB 292 amends the definition of harassment to clarify that “sexually harassing conduct need not be motivated by sexual desire.”

Good Samaritan Employee Protection
Assembly Bill 633; Salas—AB 633 prohibits an employer from adopting or enforcing a policy prohibiting an employee from voluntarily providing emergency medical services (CPR). An employer may authorize certain employees trained in emergency services to provide them, but any available employee may voluntarily do so if a trained and authorized employee is unavailable, unable, or unwilling.

Whistleblower Protections
Senate Bill 496; Wright— Employers are prohibited from making, adopting, or enforcing any rule, regulation, or policy that prevents an employee from disclosing information to a government or law enforcement agency when the employee has reasonable cause to believe that the information is a violation of or noncompliance with a local rule or regulation. This also extends to reporting to a person with authority over the employee or to another employee with authority to investigate or address the violation, or from providing information to, or testifying before, any public body conducting an investigation, hearing, or inquiry. An employer is also prohibited from retaliating for same.

 
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ROYCE REINTRODUCES MBL CAP BILL updated 03/02/15 03:31 PM
Raises Limit to 27.5 Percent of Assets
Today, Congressman Ed Royce (R-CA) reintroduced legislation raising the member business lending (MBL) from 12.25 percent to 27.5 percent of assets.

VETERANS MBL BILL INTRODUCED updated 02/27/15 01:27 PM
Service Member Loans Exempt From Cap
This morning, Reps. Julia Brownley (D-CA) and Jeff Miller (R-FL) introduced H.R. 1133, legislation that will help the nation’s veterans establish themselves as small business entrepreneurs. With many service members already credit union members, this new bill would exempt small business loans issued to veterans from the member business lending (MBL) cap.

CUs TESTIFY ON FIN. LITERACY updated 02/25/15 10:50 AM
Nat'l. CU Foundation Speaks at FLEC
Gigi Hyland, executive director of the National Credit Union Foundation toured the movement's dedication to youth financial literacy today in a presentation to the U.S. Treasury's Financial Literacy Education Commission (FLEC).

WINE AUCTION RAISES RECORD AMOUNT updated 02/24/15 10:27 AM
More Than $1 Million for Children’s Hospitals
More than $1 million was raised for 11 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in California and Nevada during the annual Credit Unions for Kids Wine Auction last Friday night—a record amount in the event’s 10-year history.

REACH INNOVATION GROUP KICKS OFF updated 02/23/15 03:15 PM
Two-Day Discovery Experience
The California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues’ REACH Innovation Group officially launched last week with a two-day experiential learning session, immersing the 17 participants in the Filene Method of Innovation.

CONGRESSMEN VISIT CA, NV CU LEADERS updated 02/23/15 01:53 PM
Plus, Nevada HOA Super Lien Update
Two members of Congress visited credit unions in California and Nevada last week during the President’s Day district work period.

NCUA APPROVES 'SMALL CU' PROPOSAL updated 02/20/15 03:17 PM
Plus: Reg Burden Examples Needed
A proposal to amend the Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA) definition of “small entity” was approved during last week’s National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) board meeting, which would increase the asset threshold definition of “small” federally-insured credit unions from $50 million to $100 million.

CUNA PLEDGES $1M TO MUSEUM updated 02/18/15 04:23 PM
Sponsors ‘Legacy Campaign’
The Credit Union National Association (CUNA) has pledged $1 million toward America’s Credit Union Museum Legacy Capital Campaign to help ensure the rich history of the credit union system is preserved.

LONGTIME CU LEADER PASSES updated 02/17/15 10:41 AM
Larry Sharp—Advocate and Volunteer
Longtime credit union advocate and former Arrowhead Credit Union CEO Larry Sharp passed away on Monday morning, leaving a 45-year legacy of volunteerism and leadership within the California credit union movement and the local Inland Empire community. He was 72.

CO-OP TO BUY COVERA SOLUTIONS, INC. updated 02/13/15 02:11 PM
Enters Agreement with NY CU Assoc.
California-based CO-OP Financial Services has signed a letter of intent with the New York Credit Union Association (NYCUA) to purchase the association's subsidiary, Covera Solutions, Inc. The purchase is expected to be completed by the end of the first quarter. Covera provides 248 credit unions with credit, debit, ATM, and prepaid cards solutions.

NEVADA CHAIRMAN ADDRESSES COMMITTEE updated 02/12/15 10:44 AM
Urges Reducing Reg., Leg. Burden
During a hearing in front of the Senate Banking Committee last week, Nevada Credit Union League Chairman and Greater Nevada CU CEO Wally Murray addressed 191 regulatory changes handed down to financial institutions from three dozen federal agencies since January 2008.

CO-OP RE-LAUNCHES MOBILE BANKING APP updated 02/11/15 09:09 AM
P2P Payments, Remote Check Deposit
CO-OP Financial Services is re-launching CO-OP Mobile, its mobile banking application, which now features optional real-time, person-to-person payments, and remote check deposit.

CUs POST IMPRESSIVE GAINS IN 2014 updated 02/09/15 10:20 AM
Membership, Loan Portfolios Up
In 2014, the credit union industry experienced impressive membership and operational success, suggesting Americans are starting to recognize the value proposition of credit unions and are utilizing their products and services.

CEO TO TESTIFY ON BANKING COMMITTEE updated 02/09/15 02:06 PM
Regulatory Relief, MBL, Supplemental Capital
Wally Murray—chairman of the Nevada Credit Union League and CEO of Greater Nevada CU—will be testifying at a hearing before the U.S. Senate Banking Committee on regulatory relief for credit unions this coming Thursday morning.

NV LEADERS MEET WITH STATE LAWMAKERS updated 02/09/15 01:33 PM
HOA Lien Foreclosures Discussed
Delegates from credit unions throughout Nevada descended upon the state capitol in Carson City on Feb. 4 for the Nevada Credit Union League’s 2015 Government Relations Rally.

CATALYST: PARTICIPATIONS CLEAR 100M updated 02/06/15 11:55 AM
California CUs Included in Deals
Since launching earlier in 2014, the Catalyst Corporate FCU loan participation program has helped 41 credit unions buy and sell more than $100 million in loans, closing five deals in less than one year.

LEAGUE OVERDRAFT SURVEY POSTED updated 02/05/15 11:38 AM
View Results and Final Report
During CEO roundtable discussions last summer, it was decided the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues must take a proactive approach regarding likely rulemaking by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) on overdraft programs.

OIL'S DECLINE PUTS CUs ON THE ALERT updated 02/04/15 02:09 PM
California Members Face Varying Impact
Credit unions headquartered in the heart of California’s largest oil-producing counties are bracing for members in need of financial assistance as the recent spill in oil prices puts a dent in local commerce and employment.

RMJ CREATES NEW ADVISORY COMMITTEE updated 02/03/15 09:19 AM
Plus, Designation of Excellence for CUs
The Richard Myles Johnson (RMJ) Foundation has a new advisory committee that will provide advice, guidance, and active support of the Foundation’s initiatives, including Bite of Reality—a hands-on simulation program that teaches budgeting skills to young people.

WORLD COUNCIL YOUNG CU PEOPLE updated 02/02/15 03:25 PM
Nominate a Professional Today
The World Council of Credit Unions is now accepting nominations for the World Council Young Credit Union People (WYCUP) scholarship program, an international networking and educational opportunity for promising credit union leaders.

CLARK COUNTY CU CEO TO RETIRE updated 01/29/15 10:54 AM
Wayne Tew Served 29 Years at CU
Clark County CU President/CEO and former Chairman of the Nevada Credit Union League Wayne Tew plans to retire this summer after 29 years with the credit union.

RATE HIKE UNLIKELY BEFORE MID-2015 updated 01/29/15 08:38 AM
Fed Watching Economic Developments
California and Nevada credit unions are cautiously keeping an eye on 2015 interest rates, and some are expecting short-term rates to increase this summer. Economists suspect the Fed is waiting to see how inflation and the global economy respond to recent shaky periods before making a decision.

'APPLE PAY' EXPANDS IN CALIFORNIA updated 01/28/15 10:07 AM
CU Leaders Discuss Member Adoption
Apple Pay will soon be in the hands of more California credit union members—this time at KeyPoint Credit Union in Santa Clara, CA.

ACCEPTING APPS: CU ADVISORY COUNCIL updated 01/27/15 11:00 AM
Eight Seats Vacant in Fall 2015
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is accepting applications for membership on its Credit Union Advisory Council and inviting individuals who can provide the bureau with guidance as it carries out its work.