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Colorado updates guidance for critical financial institutions to reflect recent executive order On July 17, Colorado updated its Safer at Home guidance for critical financial institutions during the
On July 17, Colorado updated its Safer at Home guidance for critical financial institutions during the Safer at Home for Public Health Order 20-28. The guidance encourages financial institutions to become familiar with Executive Order D 2020 138, which imposes a statewide mask wearing requirement.
Maryland Commissioner of Financial Regulation issues advisories on customer identification for depository and non-depository institutions
On July 15, the Maryland Commissioner of Financial Regulation issued industry advisories to depository and non-depository institutions on identification requirements for customers. In light of an executive order extending the expiration date for certain licenses, permits, and registrations, depository and non-depository institutions may continue to accept driver’s licenses and/or identification cards that expired or are eligible for renewal after March 12, 2020.
Minnesota issues executive order modifying suspensions of evictions and writs of recovery and requesting foreclosure moratorium
On July 14, the Minnesota governor issued Executive Order 20-79, which modifies the previous suspension of evictions and writs of recovery during the Covid-19 emergency. Among other things, the order limits the ability of property owners, mortgage holders, and others to file an eviction action, including for failure to pay rent or material violation of the lease, subject to certain exceptions. Further, the executive order limits residential landlords’ ability to terminate residential leases during the Covid-19 emergency. Officers must also cease executing writs of recovery of premises, subject to certain exceptions. Financial institutions holding home mortgages are requested to implement an immediate moratorium on all pending and future foreclosures arising from a substantial decrease in income or substantial out of pocket medical expenses caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, or any local, state, or federal governmental response to Covid-19. Financial institutions are also strongly urged not to impose late fees or other penalties for late mortgage payments related to the Covid-19 pandemic. The provisions of the executive order take effect on August 4, 2020, when Executive Order 20-73 (previously covered here) and Executive Order 20-14 (previously covered here) are rescinded.
Hawaii regulator extends guidance permitting licensees to reduce office hours, temporarily close offices
On July 2, the Hawaii Division of Financial Institutions extended earlier guidance, previously covered here, that temporarily permits licensees with locations in Hawaii to reduce hours or close offices during Hawaii’s Covid-19 emergency period. Notice of temporary closure or relocation from certain licensees, including escrow depositories and financial institutions, is required. The guidance is extended to July 31, 2020.
On June 30, the Oregon governor signed HB 4212, which provides relief relating to wage garnishment and notarization, among other things. The bill exempts certain recovery rebate payments under the CARES Act from garnishment requirements applicable to financial institutions. The bill also permits electronic notarization, provided certain requirements are met. The bill took effect on June 30.
On June 17, the Securities Division of the Washington Department of Financial Institutions issued a notice to inform franchisors about their obligations regarding representations about historical financial performance. In Washington, franchisors are legally prohibited from selling a franchise using a Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD) that contains an untrue statement of material fact or omits a statement of material fact. The notice indicated that if a franchisor submits FDDs that make historical financial performance representations based on data that predates the Covid-19 pandemic, the division will inquire as to whether this practice complies with federal and Washington requirements.
On June 17, the New York State Department of Financial Services issued guidance to state-regulated financial institutions, urging them to support consumers that have been negatively impacted by Covid-19. The department urged furnishers of credit information to, among other things, report accommodations reached under the CARES Act as “current,” unless the credit was delinquent prior to the accommodation; report certain Covid-19 related delinquencies as forborne, deferred, or affected by a natural or declared disaster consistent with the furnisher’s treatment of the account; and promptly conduct reasonable investigations of consumer-disputed credit information.
On June 12, the Massachusetts Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation, Division of Banks, issued industry guidance regarding annual meetings for Massachusetts chartered credit unions. Massachusetts credit unions that have not yet held their annual membership meeting may postpone the annual meeting until the state of emergency is lifted, the order declaring the state of emergency has expired or is rescinded, or such time as the credit union believes it may safely hold the meeting. Alternatively, a credit union may remotely hold the annual meeting, or may conduct a hybrid meeting consisting of a combination of remote communication in conjunction with a limited in-person meeting. A credit union may also utilize mail voting with either options. Credit unions that exercise a virtual meeting option must comply with certain requirements in the guidance.
On June 12, the Massachusetts Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation, Division of Banks, issued industry guidance regarding annual meetings for Massachusetts state-chartered mutual banks and subsidiary banks of a Massachusetts mutual holding company. Mutual institutions that have not yet held their annual meeting this year may use remote communications to conduct the annual meeting virtually or as a hybrid meeting that includes limited in-person attendance of depositors or corporators, provided certain requirements are met. Alternatively, such mutual institutions may postpone an in-person annual meeting until after the state of emergency has ended. Mutual institutions that elect to offer remote annual meetings must comply with certain requirements in the guidance.
West Virginia’s Department of Financial Services Commissioner extended guidance enabling employees of regulated entities to work remotely through August 1 as a result of the Covid-19 crisis. The initial guidelines were announced on March 13 (previously discussed here and here) and were set to expire on June 15.