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TIPs Bulletins
The Technical Information Procedure (TIPs) bulletins are great tools to help credit union staff understand recent changes in laws and regulations and how they may affect the credit union. TIPs bulletins address current mandatory compliance issues and changes to federal and state regulations. Continue for complete list of current TIPs Bulletins
September 5, 2014
TIPs Bulletin #14-17 CFPB Publishes 2015 HOEPA and CARD Act Adjustments
   
August 8, 2014
TIPs Bulletin #14-16 CA Local Agency Deposits Weekly Reports Can Be Submitted Electronically
   
August 8, 2014
TIPs Bulletin #14-15 MasterCard Revised Standards – Limitation of Liability of Cardholders for Unauthorized Use (“Zero Liability”)
   
 
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CFPB FINALIZES REMITTANCE RULE DATE
updated 05/10/13 01:06 PM
Also Proposes Credit Insurance Rule Delay
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced its international remittance transfer rule will go into effect on Oct. 28—a subject the Leagues will publish a TIPs Bulletin on very soon for credit union CEOs and other managers to use in guiding their compliance operations.

Credit unions had urged an eight-month delay from the original Feb. 7 effective date, which the CFPB granted.

Under the final rule, remittance transfer providers are required to provide prepayment and receipt disclosures to the consumer sender that include the exchange rate, certain fees and taxes associated with a transfer, and the amount of money that will be received on the other end of the transfer. Remittance transfer providers will also be required to investigate disputes and correct errors.

The final rule:

  • Makes optional, in certain circumstances, the requirement to disclose fees imposed by a designated recipient's institution.
  • Makes optional the requirement to disclose taxes collected by a person other than the remittance transfer provider.
  • Revises resolution provisions that apply when a remittance transfer is not delivered to a designated recipient due to sender error.

The agency did not revisit the 100 transfers-per-year exemption threshold.

Remittance rule revisions addressing fees and foreign tax disclosures and how financial institutions will cope with account or routing number errors were also released.

Click here to view the CFPB's official announcement and other resources/information.

Credit Insurance Rule Delay Proposal
Additionally, the bureau has issued a proposal seeking comment on whether to delay the June 1 effective date with regard to a provision concerning credit insurance. The bureau says it will be addressing some interpretive issues that have arisen about the provision.

The proposal concerns the implementation of a prohibition on creditors financing credit insurance premiums in connection with certain consumer credit transactions secured by a dwelling. This provision was adopted in the Loan Originator Compensation Requirements under the Truth in Lending Act (Regulation Z) Final Rule, issued on Jan. 20.

Click here to view the proposal.

The bureau welcomes comment during the 15-day period following publication of the proposal in the Federal Register. This proposal follows two that the bureau issued last month to clarify and correct some aspects of the 2013 Escrows Final Rule, the Ability-to-Repay and Qualified Mortgage Rule and the Mortgage Servicing Rules.

 
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FinCEN ISSUES TRAFFICKING ADVISORY
updated 09/12/14 01:36 PM
Third Disclosure Webinar Announced
The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) has issued an advisory to financial institutions on recognizing “red flags” that may indicate financial activity related to human smuggling or human trafficking.

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COMPLIANCE MANAGEMENT TOOL ANNOUNCED
updated 09/08/14 01:21 PM
Partnership With 'PolicyWorks'
To help credit unions streamline compliance management, the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues have partnered with PolicyWorks, a national leader in credit union compliance solutions, to bring you additional ComplySight compliance support services.

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