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Cal-OSHA Extends COVID Regs; Visa Gives MCTR Reminder

The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) Standards Board recently voted to adopt the COVID-19 prevention non-emergency regulations. The COVID-19 emergency temporary standards (ETS) will remain in place while the California Office of Administrative Law (OAL) reviews the non-emergency standard.

If the non-emergency standard is approved, it will likely be effective on Jan. 1, 2023 through Dec. 31, 2024. Please review the California Credit Union League’s summary on termination of exclusion pay, COVID workplace measures, revised definition of close contact, COVID testing, ventilation, the definition of infectious period, reporting and recordkeeping, outbreaks, notification requirements, recommendations, and additional items to consider.

Visa Reminds Financial Institutions to Not Charge Cardholders
There have been reports in the news that Middle Class Tax Refund (MCTR) pre-paid cardholders are being charged for over-the-counter cash withdrawals at some financial institution branches, which is not permitted by Visa’s rules.

Visa wants to remind financial institutions that anyone with a valid domestic Visa Prepaid card (including a MCTR card) may choose to withdraw cash at any Visa financial institution branch with that card, known as “manual cash disbursement.” Cardholders are not required to have an account or other relationship with the financial institution to receive this service.

Additionally, financial institutions are required to provide manual cash disbursements on all valid domestic Visa Prepaid cards from any issuer, including MCTR cards, without charging a fee to the cardholder. You can refer to the Oct. 27 Visa Business News bulletin that was sent to Visa financial institutions with branches in California.

In response to reports of cardholders being charged, the California Franchise Tax Board has asked financial institutions to adhere to Visa’s requirement. In addition, Visa is directly contacting some financial institutions when it receives specific information regarding where certain incidents occurred.

Thank you for your credit union’s cooperation in making sure MCTR recipients are not charged for over-the-counter cash withdrawals from these Visa Prepaid cards.

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