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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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PLEXCITY ADDS HAWAII LEAGUE AS OWNER updated 08/31/15 10:25 AM
Increases ROI for all Stakeholders
Adding to its unique story of growing collaboration between credit union trade associations since January 2015, Plexcity announced that the Hawaii Credit Union League is purchasing a shared-ownership stake in the Ontario, CA-based company for information technology, accounting/finance, and human resource solutions.

CU CEO CONFIDENCE INDEX RISES updated 08/26/15 01:56 PM
In Better Spirits Regarding Economy
Catalyst Corporate FCU's CEO Confidence Index bounced up in the second quarter, after see-sawing up and down the previous four quarters.

ADDITIONS TO SEPT. 'HIKE THE HILL' updated 08/24/15 12:08 PM
Coffee With Regulators and MBL
In two weeks, the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues’ will host a “Coffee with the Regulators” meeting during the annual Hike The Hill gathering on Capitol Hill (Sept. 8-10). Credit union attendees will discuss relevant and important issues with officials from the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).

FHA ISSUES STATEMENT ON 'PACE' LOANS updated 08/24/15 02:41 PM
Consistent With Leagues' Comments
On Monday, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) issued a policy statement on Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) that is consistent with comments from the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues’ position on the issue.

REP. MCCLINTOCK SUPPORTS MBL RULE updated 08/21/15 10:45 AM
Submits Letter to NCUA
As reported in the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues’ Advocacy Blog, Representative Tom McClintock (R-El Dorado) is now the second member of Congress to send a support letter to the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) in support of credit unions and their proposal to modernize the member-business lending (MBL) rule. Rep. Julia Brownley (D-Ventura) sent a letter last week.

WHAT'S DRIVING MEMBERSHIP GROWTH updated 08/19/15 11:59 AM
Three California Perspectives
Competitive products and services don’t tell the whole story of why membership continues to soar at several credit unions in California. Neither does the growing economy.

RMJ TOURNEY RAISES NEARLY $60,000 updated 08/19/15 10:39 AM
Event Sold-Out With 144 Golfers
The Richard Myles Johnson (RMJ) Foundation/CUNA Mutual Golf Tournament, held August 17 at the Newport Beach Country Club in Newport Beach, CA, raised nearly $60,000 for the state foundation for credit unions in California and Nevada.

'PACE' EXPANSION ATTEMPT DEFEATED updated 08/18/15 10:36 AM
League Engaged Lawmakers on Issue
The California Credit Union League has helped defeat an attempt in the California legislature (Senate Bill 602) to give super-lien rights to unregulated lenders through Property Tax Assessed financing.

CALL TO ACTION: MBL COMMENTS NEEDED updated 08/17/15 04:28 PM
NCUA Deadline is Aug. 31
More positive comment letters that support the National Credit Union Administration’s (NCUA) proposed member business lending rule are needed to help the agency shape its final rule—including letters from your credit union and your business members.

CA CUs AID FIRE VICTIMS updated 08/14/15 03:20 PM
Fundraising Efforts Continue
As more than dozen fires raged on in northern California in recent weeks, area credit unions stepped up efforts to help—supplying the hard-working firefighters with goodie baskets of water, food, and supplies; helping in large animal rescues and defending family farms; and raising much-needed donations to help those who have suffered losses. Some Coast Central CU staffers—who are also volunteer firefighters—were deployed to help fight the fires.

CU Direct Partners with CULA updated 08/13/15 02:54 PM
Leasing Option Availability
CU Direct, the provider of lending, automotive and strategic solutions to the credit union industry, has entered into a new agreement with Credit Union Leasing of America.

MEMBER BEHAVIOR: SHIFT IS COMING updated 08/11/15 10:40 AM
Conference Spotlights Rates, Economy
It was evident during a three-day conference in San Diego that credit unions are on high alert as they wade into tricky waters and strategize how to manage balance sheet spreads and liquidity in light of the Federal Reserve’s upcoming federal funds interest rate hike.

CUs GAIN INSIGHTS AT SHAPIRO SUMMIT updated 08/11/15 09:25 AM
Talk Strategy, Marketing, Trends
More than 60 credit union leaders from California and Nevada, speakers, and League staff convened at the annual Shapiro Summit on Aug. 7-8 in Ontario, CA to discuss important issues credit unions $50 million and under face in today’s economy, and how to overcome those obstacles.

NCUA AWARDS $2 MILLION IN GRANTS updated 08/07/15 11:05 AM
Funds Help 225 Low-Income CUs
The National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) has awarded more than $2 million in grants to help 225 low-income credit unions expand products and services, open branches or relocate offices, advance digital growth, and provide greater security for their members.

Auto & Home Loans Drive Trend updated 08/07/15 02:42 PM
Member Lending Benefiting CUs
California and Nevada credit unions are experiencing auto and mortgage loan growth as part of a trend of increased lending activities by credit unions nationwide.

REP. BROWNLEY SUPPORTS MBL RULE updated 08/06/15 04:28 PM
Writes Letter to NCUA
As reported in the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues’ Advocacy Blog, Representative Julia Brownley (D-Ventura) was the first member of Congress to formally write to the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) in support of their proposal to modernize the member-business lending (MBL) rule. There will likely be many more to write in support of updating this outdated member business lending rule.

Vendor Authority Bill, Halted updated 08/05/15 04:20 PM
The League & CUNA Oppose Amendment
The U.S. Senate just adjourned for the August recess, but not without controversy for credit unions. The Senate was supposed to consider a bill addressing cybersecurity issues. During consideration, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) introduced an amendment that would expand the NCUA's third-party vendor authority. The League and CUNA mobilized to halt any progress of this amendment. With the Senate's adjournment this afternoon, neither the bill or vendor authority amendment progressed. Credit unions, our CUSO partners, and vendors will now have time to further mobilize against future efforts.

CO-OP LAUNCHES CO-OP API SUITE updated 08/05/15 01:52 PM
New Developer Tool Helps CU Apps
CO-OP Financial Services is introducing a suite of APIs (application program interfaces) that will enable credit unions to quickly integrate the latest mobile and online technology directly into their existing mobile and virtual channels.

STATE EXPLORES BANKING MARIJUANA BIZ updated 08/03/15 02:30 PM
CU Reps Discuss on CA Panel
While California Board of Equalization Member Fiona Ma is proposing a state-run bank to serve the “legitimate” marijuana industry in California, the board is concerned with people walking into their offices with thousands of dollars in cash to pay their state taxes.

CUNA’S ’15-’17 STRATEGIC PLAN updated 07/31/15 09:44 AM
Letter From CEO Jim Nussle
The Credit Union National Association (CUNA) sent to credit unions a letter which contained the association’s 2015-2017 strategic plan, detailing how President and CEO Jim Nussle will fulfill mandates he received from the board when he signed his contract last September.

CATALYST'S ANNUAL ECONOMIC FORUM updated 07/31/15 08:54 AM
Registration Now Open
Registration is now open for Catalyst Corporate's 38th annual Economic Forum, which will be held Oct. 5-7 at the Omni Mandalay Hotel, near Dallas, TX.

WCMS CELEBRATES ‘15 GRADUATING CLASS updated 07/28/15 08:42 AM
New Fellowship Announced
On July 23, Western CUNA Management School (WCMS) celebrated its 2015 graduating class—the NU Class—in an elaborate affair. Ninety-seven students graduated with Northwest Credit Union Association President and CEO Troy Stang serving as the commencement speaker.

NEW VERSION OF SPRIG BY CO-OP updated 07/24/15 12:29 PM
Available at iTunes and Google Play
An updated version of Sprig by CO-OP is now available at iTunes and Google Play—adding native apps, expanding transaction filtering, and enforcing enhanced security.

NCUA TESTIFIES BEFORE CONGRESS updated 07/24/15 09:24 AM
Chair Debbie Matz Speaks
As reported in the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues' Advocacy Blog, yesterday the House Committee Financial Service, Subcommittee on Financial Institutions, and Consumer Credit had a very lively hearing where Debbie Matz, Chair of the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA), testified