Social Media Profile Pics – Infractions To Avoid

By Jim Jarrell Early this year, MarketingProfs ran a great article by William Arruda on personal branding trends for 2012.[1] Among the many trends noted by Mr. Arruda in his article was the importance of having a clean, professional-looking headshot that properly represents your “personal brand” and doesn’t reek of bad taste. Since I considered…

Credit Unions and the Impact of the Growing Political Polarization in America

By Matthew D. Urban, Esq. As the 2012 presidential campaign heats up, so does the partisan rhetoric between political parties.  Beyond the rhetoric however, the fallout from the Dodd-Frank Act continues to ripple through the financial sector.  The agency tasked with implementing Dodd-Frank is the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). Since the CFPB is tasked…

ATM/ADA Compliance Update

By Matthew M. Young, Esq. Last year, I wrote an article on the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) Automated Teller Machines (ATM) Compliance deadline.  At that time, there was confusion surrounding the accessibility requirements for ATMs.  Was the deadline for compliance March 2011 or March 2012?  Of course, that question is now moot as both…

Outsourced Cloud Computing: FFIEC Warns of Pitfalls

By Amanda R. Yurechko, Esq. On July 10, 2012 the Federal Financial Institution Examination Counsel (FFIEC) issued an opinion on cloud computing and the associated risk to the financial industry. Cloud computing is the buzz word used to describe a wide variety of business practices. The FFIEC struggled to find one definition of “cloud computing,”…

A duty to modify a home loan?!

Some mornings, I will listen to NPR to catch the news.  I caught the tail end of a piece on mortgages and foreclosures.  They had a plaintiff’s lawyer talking about how bad banks are and the announcer made a comment to the effect about people being forced out of their houses because banks wrongfully failed…

The Perils of Forced Fun

By Shari Storm I was talking to two friends who both work at a trendy company in Seattle. After listening to them complain about their jobs for a bit I stopped them and asked, “Isn’t your company voted ‘best place to work’ in every employer list ever published?” They both rolled their eyes and proceeded…