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The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) does not believe that consumer complaints about a bank, motor vehicle lender, credit card company, mortgage servicer, or other financial services company are a laughing matter. The CFPB noted in their December 2016 Monthly Complaint Report that consumer complaints are an “integral part” of their consumer financial protection work.
1/19/2017
The start of a new year is traditionally the time to make new resolutions and establish new goals and priorities. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has used the calendar change to adopt an “out with the old and in with the new” theme. On December 16, 2016, the CFPB announced its fair lending enforcement priorities for 2017 – via a blog posting.
1/13/2017
On October 25, 2016, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) of the U.S. Treasury Department issued an advisory that provides financial institutions with guidance on their obligations under the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) to report cyber-enabled crimes.
12/22/2016
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published amendments to the Risk Management Program Rule (RMP) on December 21, 2016, which will go into effect in 60 days. Those amendments will impose significant new burdens on employers that will translate into new obligations related to health and safety of employees.
12/21/2016
As many employers know, OSHA recently adopted new rules intended to eliminate discrimination and retaliation against employees who reported workplace injuries and illnesses. The impact of those new rules is to effectively ban across-the-board post-incident drug and alcohol testing policies.
12/6/2016
In a client alert published on October 6, 2016, OSHA's new anti-retaliation and anti-discrimination rules were discussed, particularly as they relate to drug and alcohol testing in the workplace. On October 19, 2016, OSHA issued another memorandum concerning these new rules and offered Regional Administrators guidance on how to interpret the new rules.
10/26/2016
A client alert concerning OSHA’s new anti-retaliation and anti-discrimination rules was published on October 6, 2016. That bulletin can be found by following this link. The deadline for compliance set forth in that client alert was November 1. That compliance deadline has been moved to December 1, 2016, as a result of a request from the US District Court, Northern District of Texas to OSHA to delay enforcement in a case pending before that Court challenging the new rule.
10/19/2016
On Tuesday, October 4, 2016, OSHA issued a request for comments concerning a number of rules that, if changed, will have wide-ranging impacts on employers in all sectors, but most especially on employers in the construction sector.
10/6/2016
The focus of the vast majority of articles and publications about the new recordkeeping rules relates to OSHA’s “new” prohibition against mandatory post-incident drug and alcohol testing. In short, these new anti-discrimination and anti-retaliation rules come into effect on November 1, 2016, and will effectively ban a number of common practices adopted by many employers.
10/6/2016
Reforms on the island nation of Cuba have attempted to loosen burdensome governmental control and establish private sector economic expansion to limit dependency on the state. One of those initiatives is the Port of Mariel, a Brazilian financed deep-water port seeking to accommodate the world’s largest cargo ships and establish a “free trade zone” for international interests with no apparent Cuban government mandated partnership.
10/4/2016