As states continue to extend work-from-home orders in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, and considering that remote work will continue to be the norm for many individuals even after the pandemic subsides, licensees must be prepared to address regulators’ heightened concern for data security.
On October 22, the Oklahoma Department of Consumer Credit extended, for the fifth time, its interim guidance to regulated entities on working from home (see here, here, here, here, and here for previous coverage). The guidance sets forth data security standards for regulated entities with employees working from home and also provides that the department…
The Division of Financial Institutions extended its guidance temporarily permitting employees of depository and non-depository entities to work from home or some other remote location approved by the financial institution.
The Office of the State Bank Commissioner extended its remote work guidance for mortgage companies, MLOs, supervised loan licenses, credit service organizations, money transmitters, and credit notification registrations through September 15.
The Office of the State Bank Commissioner extended its remote work guidance for mortgage companies, mortgage loan originators, supervised loan licensees, credit services organizations, money transmitters, and credit notification registrants.
The bulletin from the Director of Michigan’s Department of Insurance and Financial Services reiterates that work should be done remotely to the fullest extent possible in compliance with the governor’s stay at home orders.
The Department of Banking, Department of Savings and Mortgage Lending, Office of Consumer Credit and Credit Union Department issued revised home equity lending guidance related to making new loans or adjusting existing loans to facilitate recovery efforts.
Money services businesses are not designated as essential businesses in New Mexico, and as such, were instructed to temporarily cease all standalone storefront operations to further combat the spread of Covid-19.
The Financial Institutions Division announced a program to grant temporary exemptions to certain licensing requirements for approved SBA lenders participating in the Paycheck Protection Program for businesses impacted by Covid-19.
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Sellers and servicers are expected to maintain and follow business continuity plans during the Covid-19 pandemic. The guidance also summarized the relief that servicers should provide to impacted borrowers.
On March 30, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan issued an executive order permitting remote notarization under certain circumstances and strongly encouraging this flexibility be used to conduct loan closings remotely.
Nebraska Department of Banking and Finance announced it will temporarily halt all regular examinations unless the examination is critical to safety and soundness, consumer protection, or is necessary to address an urgent or immediate need.
Instead of the original 60-day deadline extension, the NMLS Policy Committee encourages regulators to be lenient if reports are filed within 30 days of the placement of the license item (based on the standard due date).
The Indiana Secretary of State, Securities Division issued a Compliance Alert to all licensed loan brokers and collection agencies. The Division encouraged licensees to instruct their employees to work from home and refrain from any in-person meetings whenever possible.
On March 18, Louisiana’s Commissioner of Financial Institutions released emergency advisories for non-depository institutions, specifically repossession agents and bond for deed escrow agents, check cashers, pawnbrokers, licensed consumer lenders/brokers, and residential mortgage lenders.
In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the NMLS Policy Committee on Mar. 25, 2020 extended the deadline for certain reporting obligations satisfied through NMLS, and the enrollment window for taking the SAFE MLO test.
The Secretary of State, Securities Division, issued guidance to loan broker and collection agencies in response to Covid-19, encouraging licensees to instruct their employees to work from home and refrain from any in-person meetings.
The CO Attorney General released a statement urging student loan servicers, creditors, and debt collectors to discontinue mandatory debt collection efforts for consumers who experience financial distress due to Covid-19.
We have collected and summarized the preliminary guidance issued by the following states: Alaska, Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Idaho, Kansas, Massachusetts, Maryland, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Washington, and Wisconsin.
On March 10, the New York State Department of Financial Services issued several industry letters related to the novel coronavirus known as “Covid‑19.” Two of those letters require responses from New York regulated institutions no later than April 9, 2020.