Friday
Jun232017

What's New? NYS Pay Equity Law

New legislation was signed on June 21, 2017 that bans the request and requirement of a prospective employee's salary history as a condition to receive an interview, an offer of employment, or in determining wages or salary. This legislation aims to prevent wage discrimination in the work place.

Read more in the NYS Pay Equity Law section of The Gold Book

Friday
Jun232017

What's New? NYS Paid Family Leave Act

The New York State Paid Family Leave Program (PFLP) will provide New Yorkers job-protected, paid leave to bond with a new child, care for a loved one with a serious health condition or to help relieve family pressures when someone is called to active military service. These benefits fully phase in over a four-year period—by Jan. 1, 2021—and will increase annually in both maximum duration of leave and the amount of weekly paid benefits.
Read more in the Paid Family Leave Program section of The Gold Book
Tuesday
Apr042017

What's New? NYS Minimum Wage Increases

The New York State minimum wage increased on December 31, 2016. In New York City, it is $10.50 per hour for businesses with 10 or fewer employees, and $11.00 per hour for businesses with 11 or more employees. In Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester counties, it is $10.00 per hour. In the remainder of the state, it is $9.70 per hour. There are different hourly rates for workers in the fast food industry and those who receive tips. These rates remain in effect until December 30, 2017.

Read more under New York Rules in the Fair Labor Standards Act section of The Gold Book.

Monday
Jan162017

What's New? NYS Anti-Terrorism & Money Laundering Regs

New York State requires its financial institutions to adopt anti-money laundering programs, including customer identification and foreign asset controls. Prior to January 1, 2017, compliance with applicable federal requirements (Bank Secrecy Act, USA PATRIOT Act and OFAC) constitutes compliance with the state requirements under Parts 115 and 116 of the General Regulations of the Banking Board. The NYS Department of Financial Services (DFS) has adopted a risk-based anti-terrorism and anti-money laundering regulation that requires institutions to maintain programs to monitor and filter transactions for potential Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) and anti-money laundering (AML) violations and prevent transactions with sanctioned entities. See more in The Gold Book.

Thursday
Dec292016

What's New? Annual CRA Asset-Size Threshold Adjustments

The federal bank regulatory agencies announced the annual adjustment to the asset-size thresholds used to define small bank, small savings association, intermediate small bank, and intermediate small savings association under the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) regulations.

The annual adjustments are required by the CRA rules.  Financial institutions are evaluated under different CRA examination procedures based upon their asset-size classification.  Those meeting the small and intermediate small institution asset-size thresholds are not subject to the reporting requirements applicable to large banks and savings associations unless they choose to be evaluated as a large institution.

Annual adjustments to these asset-size thresholds are based on the change in the average of the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W).

Read more on Bank Size Criteria in The Gold Book.

Wednesday
Dec142016

What's New? IRS Form 1098 Reporting

The Gold Book section has been updated to include changes related to Form 1098 mortgage interest reporting. See Form 1098 under the Reporting Compliance chapter.

Saturday
Nov122016

What's New? NJ Estate Tax Repeal

On October 14 Governor Christie signed into law a repeal of the New Jersey estate tax. More specifically, as of January 1, 2017 the $675,000 exemption amount will be increased to $2 million, and as of January 1, 2018 the estate tax will be repealed altogether. 

 

Thursday
Nov102016

What's New? 2017 Cost-of-Living Adjustments

The Internal Revenue Service announced cost‑of‑living adjustments affecting dollar limitations for pension plans and other retirement-related items for tax year 2017. In general, the pension plan limitations will not change for 2017 because the increase in the cost-of-living index did not meet the statutory thresholds that trigger their adjustment.

However, other limitations will change because the increase in the index did meet the statutory thresholds.

See the following sections in The Gold Book for updates:

Income phase-out for IRA deductions, click here.

Roth IRA contribution phase-out, click here.

AGI limit for Saver's Credit, click here.

Cost-of Living Chart, click here.

Thursday
Oct202016

Military Lending Act: Examination Procedures, Interpretive Rule, and the FDIC'S Supervisory Expectations

In July 2015, the Department of Defense (DOD) issued a final rule amending the implementing regulations of the Military Lending Act of 2006 (MLA). The final rule expands specific protections provided to servicemembers and their dependents under the MLA and addresses a wider range of credit products than the DOD's previous regulation.

In August 2016, DOD published an interpretive rule in the Federal Register that provides guidance on certain questions received regarding compliance with the July 2015 Final Rule. The DOD issued its interpretive rule to inform the public of its views. The interpretive rule, comprised of 19 questions and answers, does not substantively change the regulation implementing the MLA, but rather merely states DOD's preexisting interpretation of an existing regulation.

The FDIC has released examination procedures that reflect the Department of Defense's (DOD) 2015 amendments to the implementing regulations of the Military Lending Act of 2006 (MLA).

See The Gold Book, Military Lending Act for details.

Thursday
Sep012016

What's New? Reclamation of Federal Benefits

The Preauthorized Electronc Transfer chapter of The Gold Book has been updated to include information pertaining to the reclamation of federal benefits.

Reclamation is a procedure used by the Federal government (government) to recover benefitpayments made through the Automated Clearing House (ACH) to the account of a recipient who died or became legally incapacitated or a beneficiary who died before the date of the payment(s).

Wednesday
Aug312016

What's New? IRA Rollover Waivers

New IRS Revenue Procedure 2016-47 permits eligible taxpayers, encountering a variety of mitigating circumstances, can qualify for a waiver of the 60-day time limit and avoid possible early distribution taxes. In addition, the revenue procedure includes a sample self-certification letter that a taxpayer can use to notify the administrator or trustee of the retirement plan or IRA receiving the rollover that they qualify for the waiver. See Waivers in the Pension Chapter of The Gold Book

Friday
Aug262016

Uniform Residential Loan App to be Redesigned

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have redesigned their common mortgage application. Effective in January 2018, the Uniform Residential Loan Application will collect additional HMDA data, remove some obsolete items, and feature capabilities to promote digital use.

Monday
Aug222016

What's New? Roth IRA Direct Rollovers

The IRS finalized a taxpayer-friendly rule eliminating the requirement that each disbursement from a designated Roth account that is directly rolled over to an eligible retirement plan be treated as a separate distribution from any amount paid directly to the employee . The former rule meant that these amounts were separately subject to allocation of pretax and after-tax amounts for each distribution. See more at: Direct Rollovers in The Gold Book

Monday
Aug222016

What's New? HMDA Rules

Significant amendments have been made to the collection and reporting of applicant or borrower information. The majority of the provisions will be effective on January 1, 2018. Covered institutions will collect the new HMDA information in 2018 and report it by March 1, 2019. Until final rules are issued the following rules apply. 

For more information go to The Gold Book, Home Mortgage Disclosure Act.

Monday
Aug222016

What's New? Military Lending Act

 

On July 21, 2015, the Department of Defense (DOD) issued a final rule amending the John Warner National Defense Authorization Act  called the “Military Lending Act” (MLA). The final rule expands coverage of the current regulation to include many non-mortgage related credit transactions covered by the Truth in Lending Act (TILA), as implemented by Regulation Z. It provides safe harbor methods for identifying borrowers covered by the final rule, prohibits the use of certain practices, and amends the content of the required disclosures. The final rule also contains new provisions about administrative enforcement, penalties and remedies. 

 

 

Friday
Aug192016

Call Report Burden Reduction Initiative

As part of its community bank Call Report burden-reduction initiative, the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) has approved a number of burden-reducing changes to the Consolidated Reports of Condition and Income (Call Report) as well as certain new and revised data items and instructional revisions. Subject to approval by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, these Call Report revisions will take effect September 30, 2016, or March 31, 2017, depending on the change.
Additional information may be found at:  http://www.fdic.gov/news/news/financial/2016/fil16045.html
Friday
Jul292016

What's New? Overtime Pay Rule

On May 18, 2016 President Obama and Secretary Perez announced the publication of the Department of Labor’s final rule updating the overtime regulations, which will automatically extend overtime pay protections to over 4 million workers within the first year of implementation. This long-awaited update will result in a meaningful boost to many workers’ wallets, and will go a long way toward realizing President Obama’s commitment to ensuring every worker is compensated fairly for their hard work. For more information, please see Overtime Pay in The Gold Book or visit www.dol.gov/whd/overtime/final2016.
Friday
Jul292016

MasterCard Network Enhancements

MasterCard is introducing a multitude of authorization processing changes that include new methods to identify the type of authorization, changes to authorization reversal timeframes, changes to chargeback timeframes, and the extension of incremental authorizations to all merchant types.
These changes will help issuers effectively manage cardholders open to buy, and to manage chargeback protection maximum timeframe limits based on authorization types.  
 
Thursday
Jul142016

IRA Penalty Free Distributions Expanded

The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (the PATH Act) was signed into law on Friday, December 18. Parts of the act include a provision that expands a taxpayer's ability to take a penalty-free distribution from an IRA nd Coverdell Education IRAs for higher education.

The list of eligible expenses that are not subject to the IRS 10% early distribution penalty has been expanded to include expenses for the purchase of computers and related equipment, software, and internet access expenses, if used primarily by a student during any of the years they are in school. 

See more in The Gold Book: Educational Expenses Rule and Coverdell Education Savings Accounts Distributions.

Thursday
Jul142016

CFPB Proposal to End Payday Debt Traps

In June, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) proposed a rule aimed at ending payday debt traps by requiring lenders to take steps to make sure consumers have the ability to repay their loans. The proposed rule would also cut off repeated debit attempts that rack up fees. These strong proposed protections would cover payday loans, auto title loans, deposit advance products, and certain high-cost installment and open-end loans. The CFPB is also launching an inquiry into other products and practices that may harm consumers facing cash shortfalls. 

A factsheet summarizing the proposed rule is available at:http://files.consumerfinance.gov/f/documents/CFPB_Proposes_Rule_End_Payday_Debt_Traps.pdf