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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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FIELD OF MEMBERSHIP (FOM) RULE updated 02/04/16 09:12 AM
More Congressional Action
As reported yesterday in the California and Nevada Credit Union League's Advocacy Blog, Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-Chico) has sent the attached support letter to the NCUA for their Field of Membership rule.

ONLY 7 DAYS TO COMMENT ON PROPOSAL updated 02/02/16 07:04 AM
NCUA's Field-of-Membership Rule
The countdown is on as the Feb. 8 (Monday) deadline approaches for federal and state chartered credit union leaders to submit comments supporting the National Credit Union Administration’s (NCUA) Field-of-Membership (FOM) proposal.

CEOs SOUND OFF ON NCUA'S PROPOSAL updated 02/01/16 03:36 PM
Urge Peers to Comment on FOM
California credit union CEOs are sounding off as the deadline approaches (Feb. 8) to comment on the National Credit Union Administration’s Field-of-Membership (FOM) proposal—one that will update rules to reflect marketplace changes and give the industry a broader menu of flexible options for remaining competitive.

UNCLAIMED PROPERTY AND 'PACE' REFORM updated 02/01/16 01:47 PM
Rounding Out CA Legislative Goals
Threats to credit unions are already being spotted on the horizon by the California Credit Union League’s advocacy team as the state legislature’s Feb. 19 deadline to introduce new legislation looms.

ANNUAL PRIVACY NOTICES updated 01/29/16 11:47 AM
Federal-No; State-Maybe
As reported in the League's Advocacy Blog, after the release of the NCUA Letter to Credit Unions, #16-CU-03, about privacy notices, the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues took action to clarify applicability to state laws. The NCUA letter addressed the recent federal law change on annual privacy notices related to Gramm-Leach-Bliley that states that when a financial institution meets certain statutory requirements, it no longer must send annual privacy notices.

CU LEADERS MEET WITH LEGISLATOR updated 01/29/16 05:09 PM
Asm. Kim Tours Credit Union
As reported earlier today in the California and Nevada Credit Union League's Advocacy Blog, Southern California credit union leaders met with Assemblywoman Young Kim (R-Fullerton).

CU LEADERS MEET WITH ASSEMBLY MEMBER updated 01/28/16 01:47 PM
Portantino Running for Senate
As recently reported in the Leagues Advocacy Blog, credit union leaders met with former member of the Assembly, Anthony Portantino, who served from 2006 until being termed out in 2012. Prior to his time in office, he spent many years working in film and television production and is currently is a Visiting Fellow teaching Values Based Political Leadership at USC.

COMMENTS NEEDED: NCUA'S FOM PROPOSAL updated 01/26/16 10:06 AM
Deadline is February 8
With less than two weeks until the comment deadline of Feb. 8, it is crucial the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) hear from credit unions in support of the proposed chartering and field-of-membership (FOM) amendments.

LEAGUE'S 2016 CA LEGISLATIVE AGENDA updated 01/26/16 09:10 AM
Charter Modernization, CUSOs, LICU
The final year of the two-year state legislative session (2015-2016) in California is here, and the California Credit Union League’s advocacy team is primed to roll out a robust legislative package.

ANAHEIM DUCKS HONOR RICHARD JOHNSON updated 01/21/16 03:09 PM
Recognized For Military Career
Before Richard Myles Johnson was a credit union industry icon, he was a Marine. He joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1941. He ended his military career as a colonel in 1972. Along the way, he amassed a vast number of ranks, honors, and awards, including the Bronze Star and Purple Heart.

FINANCIAL OPPORTUNITY: TWO TALES updated 01/19/16 10:40 AM
CUs Can Take Pulse of Econ. Mobility
As financial “opportunity” for low and middle-income Americans is debated leading up to a national election this November, many within the credit union industry can take a pulse of their members’ financial health and how economic changes are shaping that opportunity.

ROYCE HELPS FORM COOPERATIVE CAUCUS updated 01/19/16 07:18 AM
Business CO-OP: Focus on Legislation
Last week Rep. Ed Royce, R-CA (Brea), joined Rep. Mark Pocan, D-WI, to found the Congressional Cooperative Business Caucus. With Royce’s dedication and expertise in credit unions, it comes as no surprise he is chairing a new caucus to focus on legislation that impacts cooperative businesses.

FIELD OF MEMBERSHIP RULE updated 01/13/16 10:53 AM
CA Congressman Gives Support
California Congressman Ted Lieu (D-El Segundo) has just sent the NCUA a support letter in favor of their Field of Membership Rule. In his letter, Rep. Lieu endorses for several of the provisions in the rule (letter linked below).The League has been working with our congressional delegation to ensure there is overwhelming support for this rule.

RMJ TO BE HONORED AT HOCKEY GAME updated 01/13/16 01:59 PM
Recognized as Armed Services Vet
Richard Myles Johnson— who joined the credit union movement after finishing a 30-year career in the United States Marine Corps, where he retired as a colonel—is scheduled to be recognized as the honored armed services veteran by the Anaheim Ducks hockey team at its home game Wednesday, Jan. 20.

FHLB MEMBERSHIP updated 01/12/16 12:51 PM
Final Rule Issued
Today the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) issued their final rule on Federal Home Loan Bank (FHLB) membership. After receiving over 1,300 comment letters—an unprecedented amount, with most in opposition—the FHFA’s final rule does not include two provisions for which the Leagues strongly opposed. That is, the final rule does not require financial institutions to hold one percent of their assets in home mortgage loans and 10% of assets in residential mortgage loans (RML) on an ongoing basis.

TARGET SETTLEMENT DETAILS updated 01/12/16 10:34 AM
Available on New Website
Credit unions have begun receiving email and paper mail directing them to a dedicated website that offers information on the Target data breach litigation, including settlement terms, important dates, frequently asked questions, information on filing a claim, directions for opting out, court and settlement documents, and contact information.

CO-OP CEO STAN HOLLEN TO RETIRE updated 01/12/16 09:39 AM
More Than 10 Years at CUSO
In a landmark moment for the nation’s largest credit union service organization, CO-OP Financial Services (based in Rancho Cucamonga, CA) announced this morning that President and CEO Stan Hollen will retire on May 31, 2016.

MATZ TO MEET CA-NV LEADERS AT 'GAC' updated 01/12/16 08:05 AM
Plus, Upcoming Regulatory Webinar
California and Nevada credit union leaders will have the opportunity to engage with National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) Board Chairman Debbie Matz during an exclusive meeting arranged by the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues at the upcoming 2016 Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC).

CA CONGRESSMAN PREPARES TAX REFORM updated 01/11/16 02:59 PM
Credit Union Tax Status Honored
As first reported on the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues’ Advocacy Blog last week, Rep. Devin Nunes, R-CA (Tulare), has been drafting a comprehensive tax reform package which will honor the credit union tax status.

CUs4KIDS 20 YEAR CMN PARTNERSHIP updated 01/08/16 01:40 PM
Raised $150M in Donations
This year, Credit Unions for Kids celebrates 20 years of fundraising for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMN Hospitals), a collaboration that has yielded more than $150 million in donations.

CA-NV LEAGUES CELEBRATE ANNIVERSARY updated 01/05/16 10:40 AM
Successful Partnership of 20 Years
A strategic partnership beginning Jan. 1, 1996 is still proving to be a “win win” for credit unions in Nevada and California as the collaboration’s anniversary was recognized this past Friday.

FinCEN RULE COULD COST CUs MORE updated 01/05/16 07:55 AM
Submit Comment Letters by Jan. 25
In 2014, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) issued a proposed rule to “clarify and strengthen customer (member) due diligence (CDD) obligations” of financial institutions, including credit unions.

CA LEAGUE HIGHLIGHTS ADVOCACY AGENDA updated 01/05/16 07:28 AM
State Charter Modernization Legislation
As both houses of the California Legislature reconvened for the first session of the new year after a three-month recess, the California Credit Union League’s legislative agenda for 2016 is being centered around a state credit union charter modernization bill package.

CREDIT UNIONS EXEMPTED FROM TAX BILL updated 01/05/16 02:46 PM
Rep. Nunes Updates Legislation
California Congressman Devin Nunes (R-Tulare), a senior Member of the Ways & Means Committee which governs federal taxes is scheduled to introduce legislation updating the nation's tax policy. As a matter of offsets, he has included a financial institutions transaction tax. After speaking with CUNA and the CA/NV Leagues, Rep. Nunes has updated his draft legislation to specifically exempt credit unions from the bill (pictured).