The Treasury Department requires all federal benefit check recipients to switch to an electronic payment method by March 1, 2013. With just one year left until the deadline, credit unions can help members make the switch to direct deposit now.
This change saves taxpayers $120 million annually, Treasury reports. Credit unions can use their own direct deposit enrollment methods, have members visit the Treasury Department’s Go Direct® campaign website at www.GoDirect.org, or call 800-333-1795.
Since 2005, more than 500 credit union partners have helped the Go Direct campaign switch more than eight million senior citizens, people with disabilities, and others from paper checks to direct deposit.
Three tips to make the transition easier for you and your members:
For more information or to download or order free materials, visit www.GoDirect.org or call 952-346-6055.
‘Talking’ ATM Standards Take Effect March 15
The 2010 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Standards for Accessible Design go into effect on March 15, 2012. Section 707 of the standards requires, among other things, that ATMs be speech-enabled for the visually impaired.
The new standards include a safe harbor for “elements” built to comply with the original 1991 ADA accessibility standards. But the safe harbor doesn’t apply to “auxiliary aids and services,” such as communication-related elements of ATMs. In any case, the 1991 ADA standards require ATM instructions and all information be made “accessible to and independently usable by persons with vision impairments.” So practically speaking, ATMs must be speech-enabled to meet either the 1991 standard for independent usage, or the 2010 standard specifically requiring voice guidance.
ATMs not currently in compliance with the 1991 standards must be modified to comply with either the 1991 or 2010 standards by March 15, 2012. Consult with your ATM service provider to determine exactly what changes your ATMs require.
More information is available at ada.gov.
NLRB Delays Notice Deadline
Posting the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) employee rights notice will now be required by April 30, 2012. The deadline was moved from Jan. 31, 2012.
This fulfills the NLRB regulations requiring most private-sector employers (including credit unions) to notify employees of their rights under the National Labor Relations Act.
Employers must post the notice in a conspicuous place, where they post other notifications of workplace rights and employer rules and policies. Employers also should publish a link to the notice on an internal or external website if they post other personnel policies or workplace notices there.
The notice is similar to the one the Labor Department requires for federal contractors. Credit unions already complying with the federal-contractor posting requirement will satisfy the NLRB requirement.
Copies of the NLRB notice are available at nlrb.gov and from the agency’s regional offices.
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