7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Hello, compliance friends! The NAFCU Compliance Team has recently noticed an increase in questions related to potential Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) website requirements. Credit unions are always eager to help their members, and we’ve had many credit unions asking about the status of ADA regulations, especially for websites. Today’s blog post is meant to provide a very high-level overview of the statutory framework, rulemaking and enforcement activity, and potential for litigation with regard to ADA website compliance.How the ADA Applies to Credit UnionsGenerally, the ADA is intended “to provide a clear and comprehensive national mandate for the elimination of discrimination against individuals with disabilities” and “to provide clear, strong, consistent enforceable standards” addressing such discrimination. See, 42 U.S.C. § 12101(b). The ADA is a complex, fact-specific area of law, and some states have their own statutes addressing similar issues, so consulting with counsel may be necessary to fully assess ADA legal issues and risks. One way the ADA applies to credit unions is through Title III of the Act, which sets standards for certain “public accommodations.” Public accommodations include banks and other “service establishments,” so these provisions have been interpreted to apply to credit unions. As a result, the ADA requires credit unions to meet standards for “newly constructed or altered places” and has wide-ranging implications that impact how to communicate with persons with disabilities, which ultimately impacts the issue of website accessibility. continue reading »
Canine officer LitoCanine officer MaxBrookville, Ind. — The Franklin County Sheriff’s Department has announced the retirement of a canine officer and the appointment of a new canine.For eight years, canine officer Lito served the department. The sheriff’s department says Lito was instrumental in multiple suspect apprehensions and drug arrests. Lito retired due to health issues and will now live with his handler, Sgt. Henson. The retirement was effective on May 14, 2017.On May 15,2017, canine officer Max began duty. Max is a 3-year-old Belgian Malinois and will serve a dual role with the department. Max has been trained to search for drugs and track suspects in a variety of situations. His handler will also be Sgt. Henson.Sgt. Henson attended a three-week training course in Germantown, Ohio earlier this year. Sgt. Henson and Max will be publicly introduced at the 17th Annual Family Fun Day. The pair will be at a booth in the Brookville Town Park near the grandstands Monday, May 29 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.