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Social Media and The Workplace 

co-written by Marquerite Irefin and Jennifer H. Gorman, Esq., ABA Insurance Services

With social media everywhere, employers face unique challenges when it comes to their employees’ use and conduct.  Not surprisingly, employees have been known to share information about their employers, including negative statements and damaging information, sometimes hurting the employer’s reputation; however, challenging employee social media posts can be tricky, difficult and potentially illegal.

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Are your bank’s websites, Internet banking services accessible to the visually impaired? 

Be aware that plaintiffs’ firms are now targeting banks of all sizes for website accessibility.

Banks of all sizes nationwide are receiving demand letters from plaintiffs’ law firms on behalf of blind customers alleging inability to access Internet banking websites in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The letters demand that the banks modify the websites to comply with proposed rules that won’t be enacted until 2018 and, of course, the firms are seeking attorneys’ fees.

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Top 10 Ways to Avoid Employment Related Problems 

Employment-related lawsuits are difficult to deal with: emotions run high with personal issues often brought into play. Even when claims are meritless, defense costs can be substantial. The impact on morale and reputation can also be significant. The following tips may help reduce employment-related issues in your business and strengthen your defense if an action is brought.

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Be aware of liability when serving alcohol at company-sponsored functions 

With summer in full swing, many companies are planning group outings with alcoholic beverages being provided by the company. Business owners and managers should recognize that there is a legal liability associated with providing alcohol at these types of events that is not entirely unlike the risks borne by your local tavern owner.

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Prevent the ransomware epidemic from infecting your organization 

by Heather Wyson-Constantine, Vice President of Payments and Cybersecurity, American Bankers Association

By now, you’ve mostly likely heard the news: ransomware is here and it’s a problem. The impact can be devastating. Imagine not being able to access your email, customer information or vital records for days or even weeks. Victims not only face monetary losses associated with the ransom and loss of business during the downtime, but also the additional forensics costs, the loss of employee productivity and, most importantly, customer trust.

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Repossess Consumer Automobiles? You Could Be At Risk For A Costly Class Action Lawsuit. 

by Adam Cornett, Senior Attorney, ABA Insurance Services

After repossessing a vehicle on a defaulted consumer auto loan, a bank must provide a “pre-sale notice” under the UCC before disposing of the vehicle through a public or private sale. When the vehicle is sold for less than the amount owed, a bank typically files a deficiency collection action against the debtor. If, however, the Bank’s pre-sale notice is defective under the UCC, the bank is risking becoming embroiled in the defense of a class action counterclaim filed by the debtor.

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Community banking and the “Green Rush” 

Why banks resist the urge to service marijuana-related businesses
Dec, 2015 Categories: Legalized Marijuana SafeTalk Spotlight

The opening up of the market for recreational and medical marijuana is so lucrative that it has been dubbed the “Green Rush.” Marijuana-related businesses in these states, like most businesses, need to receive suitable banking services; however, banks are generally unwilling to establish and fulfill these banking relationships.

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