CUNA, bank trades ask court to vacate TCPA ruling

first_img 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The recent Federal Communications Commission (FCC) omnibus Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) order is arbitrary, capricious and should be vacated, CUNA told the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Wednesday.CUNA, along with the American Bankers Association and Independent Community Bankers Association, filed a joint amici brief stating the order “severely restricts the ability of financial institutions and other callers to engage in useful, and often urgent, communications with their customers and members.”“The FCC’s TCPA order is restricting important communications between credit unions and their members that can help prevent fraud, identify theft, and provide other important account updates,” said Ryan Donovan, CUNA’s chief advocacy officer. “We believe the FCC acted in a manner that is harmful to consumers, and is an abuse of the authority Congress granted to it.”The FCC released the order July 10, and it immediately went into effect without being put out for a notice and comment period. The brief is a very important addition to the lawsuit because it outlines specific concerns to credit unions and other smaller financial institutions. It notes that if the TCPA order is upheld, its “onerous and burdensome” requirements may force those entities that have limited staff and resources to restrict wireless communications with their members and customers. continue reading »last_img read more

Gov. Wolf: Health Secretary Signs Order Providing Worker Safety Measures to Combat COVID-19

first_img Press Release,  Public Health Governor Tom Wolf announced today that Dr. Rachel Levine, under her authority as Secretary of the Department of Health to take any disease control measure appropriate to protect the public from the spread of infectious disease, signed an order directing protections for critical workers who are employed at businesses that are authorized to maintain in-person operations during the COVID-19 disaster emergency.“This order provides critical protections for the workers needed to run and operate these life-sustaining establishments,” Governor Wolf said. “Businesses across the state have already begun to implement many of these protocols on their own, and we applaud their efforts to protect employees and customers.”“This order will ensure continuity across all life-sustaining businesses and will further our efforts to protect the health and safety of all Pennsylvanians,” Dr. Levine said. “Together, we can all help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.”The order establishes protocols to help employees maintain a social distance during work:Provide masks for employees to wear during their time at the business, and make it a mandatory requirement while at the work site, except to the extent an employee is using break time to eat or drink, in accordance with the guidance from the Department of Health and the CDC. Employers may approve masks obtained or made by employees in accordance with this guidance;Stagger work start and stop times for employees when practical to prevent gatherings of large groups entering or leaving the premises at the same time;Provide sufficient space for employees to have breaks and meals while maintaining a social distance of 6 feet, including limiting the number of employees in common areas and setting up seating to have employees facing forward and not across from each other;Conduct meetings and training virtually. If a meeting must be held in person, limit the meeting to the fewest number of employees possible, not to exceed 10 employees at one time and maintain a social distance of 6 feet.Ensure that the facility has a sufficient number of employees to perform all measures listed effectively and in a manner that ensures the safety of the public and employees;Ensure that the facility has a sufficient number of personnel to control access, maintain order, and enforce social distancing of at least 6 feet;Prohibit non-essential visitors from entering the premises of the business; andEnsure that all employees who do not speak English as their first language are aware of procedures by communicating the procedures, either orally or in writing, in their native or preferred language.Upon discovery of an exposure to a person who is a probable or confirmed case of COVID-19, businesses are also ordered to implement temperature screenings before employees enter the business prior to the start of work and send any employee home who has an elevated temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. Sick employees should follow CDC-recommended steps. Employees should not return to work until the CDC criteria to discontinue home isolation are met, in consultation with the health care providers and state and local health departments. Employers are encouraged to implement liberal paid time off for employees who are on home isolation.Upon an exposure, businesses are also ordered to do the following:Close off and ventilate areas visited by that individual;Wait a minimum of 24 hours, or as long as practical, before beginning cleaning and disinfection;Clean and disinfect all spaces, especially commonly used rooms and shared electronic equipment;Identify and notify employees who were in close contact with that individual (within about 6 feet for about 10 minutes); andEnsure that the business has a sufficient number of employees to perform these protocols effectively and immediately.In addition to the social distancing, mitigation and cleaning protocols, businesses that serve the public within a building or defined area are ordered to implement the following, based on the size of the building and number of employees:Require all customers to wear masks while on premises, and deny entry to individuals not wearing masks, unless the business is providing medication, medical supplies, or food, in which case the business must provide alternative methods of pick-up or delivery of goods, except individuals who cannot wear a mask due to a medical condition (including children the age of 2 years) may enter the premises without having to provide medical documentation;Conduct business with the public by appointment only and, to the extent that this is not feasible, limit occupancy to no greater than 50 percent of the number stated on their certificate of occupancy as necessary to reduce crowding in the business and at check-out and counter lines in order to maintain a social distance of 6 feet, and place signage throughout each site to mandate social distancing for both customers and employees;Alter hours of business so that the business has sufficient time to clean or to restock or both;Install shields or other barriers at registers and check-out areas to physically separate cashiers and customers or take other measures to ensure social distancing of customers from check-out personnel, or close lines to maintain a social distance between of 6 feet between lines;Encourage use of online ordering by providing delivery or outside pick-up;Designate a specific time for high-risk and elderly persons to use the business at least once every week if there is a continuing in-person customer-facing component;In businesses with multiple check-out lines, only use every other register, or fewer. After every hour, rotate customers and employees to the previously closed registers. Clean the previously open registers and the surrounding area, including credit card machines, following each rotation;Schedule handwashing breaks for employees at least every hour; andWhere carts and handbaskets are available, assign an employee to wipe down carts and handbaskets before they become available to a new customer.Failure to comply with these requirements will result in enforcement action that could include citations, fines, or license suspensions. Compliance with the order will be enforced beginning Sunday, April 19 at 8:00 PM.The governor has directed the following state agencies and local officials to enforce orders related to the COVID-19 pandemic to the full extent of the law:Pennsylvania Liquor Control BoardDepartment of HealthDepartment of AgricultureDepartment of Labor and IndustryPennsylvania State PoliceLocal officials, using their resources to enforce closure orders within their jurisdictions“It is vital that we require businesses to practice these common-sense and scientifically proven safety protocols for the protection of workers and the public at-large. And that is what this order does,” said state Senator Tina Tartaglione, Democratic chairwoman of the Senate Labor and Industry Committee. “Many of the measures included in this order were part of legislation that I proposed. I applaud this swift action by Secretary Levine and Governor Wolf to implement these much needed protocols.”This order follows another order by Dr. Levine providing direction for maintaining and cleaning buildings for businesses authorized to maintain in-person operations under her and Governor Tom Wolf’s life-sustaining business orders announced March 19.Governor Tom Wolf also recommends that Pennsylvanians wear a mask any time they leave their homes for life-sustaining reasons.View Secretary Levine’s order as a PDF here or on Scribd.For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19, Pennsylvanians should visit https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/.View this information in Spanish. Gov. Wolf: Health Secretary Signs Order Providing Worker Safety Measures to Combat COVID-19 April 15, 2020center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Magpies sorry for delay

first_img The game was put back after a problem with a newly installed 60m television screen prompted safety chiefs to keep the turnstiles at St James’ Park closed until 3.15pm – 15 minutes after the scheduled start. A club statement said: “Newcastle United Football Club would like to offer sincere apologies to everyone affected by the delay to kick-off of today’s Barclays Premier League fixture with Leicester City at St James’ Park. “Turnstiles were closed until 3:15pm whilst loose dressing panels surrounding the newly installed LED screen in the Leazes Stand were assessed and made secure by engineers. Kick-off was subsequently rescheduled to 4:00pm. “Before turnstiles were opened, an issue was identified with the dressing panels and in order to give the club the opportunity to rectify the situation, the decision was taken to keep the turnstiles closed. Supporter safety was of paramount importance and the club felt that this action was necessary as a precaution. “The club wishes to make very clear that the issues we experienced were not to do with the screen itself. Although the screen carries the ‘adi.tv’ branding, the dressing panels were not installed by ADI nor a company sub-contracted by ADI. “We wish to apologise once again to everyone who suffered inconvenience as a result of this issue today, and wish to place on record our particular thanks to all supporters at St James’ Park for their patience.” Turnstiles which normally open 90 minutes before kick-off remained closed as match referee Martin Atkinson and safety officials discussed the way forward. Engineers were called in and started work on the structure at around 2.30pm, by which point it became apparent that the match would not get under way at 3pm. Supporters outside the stadium were kept informed of developments by stewards using loud-hailers. Newcastle have apologised to fans after kick-off in their Barclays Premier League clash with Leicester was delayed by an hour. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

500 PBC Poll Workers Plan to Skip Primary; Debate Set for Sunday

first_imgNearly 500 of Palm Beach County’s 3,500 poll workers are unlikely to show up for work on Tuesday because of fears of the coronavirus, according to Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Wendy Sartory Link.However, her office has been training replacements and expects to have at least 3,200 workers to deploy to the county’s 454 polling locations on Election Day. She held six training sessions on Friday and two more on Saturday.Some of the poll workers, many of whom are over age 60 — which puts them in the category most vulnerable to the virus — quit out of fear of catching the virus, or because their doctor recommended it, Link says.“We probably overstaffed for the election to begin with because we have new equipment,” she adds. “I wanted as many people to use it as possible,” as training for the far heavier turnout expected in November’s presidential election.To assure cleanliness at the polls, Link is supplying workers with bleach, hand sanitizer and gloves, and is ordering them to wipe down equipment and surfaces at least once per hour.If a voter comes in with a cough, her staff will not ask them to leave. Rather, “Hopefully people will be quick. Get them in, get them out. Poll workers would wipe up after that person.”Voters may bring their own pens, black ink preferably.“Rovers” and election clerks will restocking polling places that run out of supplies such as sanitizer and hand wipes.Early voting ends at 16 sites across the county at 6 p.m. Sunday, although voters can still pick up absentee ballots at elections headquarters at Military Trail just south of Southern Boulevard. Voters may also assign a family member or friend to pick up a ballot if they sign an affidavit, which is available at pbcelections.org.Don’t wait until Election Day – cast your vote TODAY! Lines are short and locations are CLEAN! Early Voting is open now through March 15th from 10am-6pm. For locations, maps, addresses, and wait times, please visit https://t.co/Is3pa4M8Y0 pic.twitter.com/4kbhgox9j9— Wendy Sartory Link, PBC Supervisor of Elections (@pbcelections) March 12, 2020 Absentee ballots are available until 5 p.m. Monday, and must be returned by 7 p.m. Tuesday.Meanwhile, Link’s office has mailed letters to voters in the 17 precincts at assisted living facilities that have been moved telling them where they must vote on Tuesday.Despite the circumstances, more Floridians are taking advantage of early voting this year than in 2016.Statewide, nearly 526,000 voters — 64 percent of them Democrats — cast ballots at early voting sites through Saturday. In 2016, early voting drew a total of 538,000 voters.About 29,000 early votes had been cast in Palm Beach County through Saturday morning, just past the total of 28,889 from four years ago. Additionally, 80 percent of the county’s early voters were registered Democrats.As of Saturday afternoon, 1.27 million Floridians had cast vote-by-mail ballots, 51 percent of them Republicans, the Florida Division of Elections reported.In Palm Beach County, 77,800 votes had been cast by mail, 63 percent of them from Democrats. Palm Beach County has nearly one-million registered voters.The four states holding presidential primaries on Tuesday — Florida, Arizona, Illinois and Ohio — will not postpone their elections because of coronavirus outbreaks, according to officials from those states.The Democratic primary includes former Vice President Joe Biden against Sen. Bernie Sanders, along with more than a dozen other candidates, many of whom have dropped out.On the Republican side, while President Trump is the presumed nominee, the Florida ballot actually includes three contestants.Aside from the presidential primary, 20 Palm Beach County municipalities have races and referendums on Tuesday’s ballot, which is open to residents of any political party or none, but they must live within their city’s limits. The presidential primary is open to registered Republicans and Democrats.Amid the coronavirus pandemic, the 11th Democratic presidential debate is set to take place Sunday.In an effort to prevent further transmission of the virus, the Democratic National Committee announced last Thursday that it will hold the debate in Washington, D.C., with no live audience, rather than the original planned location of Arizona, which is one of four states voting on Tuesday.The debate is being hosted at 8 p.m. ET by CNN, and will take place at the network’s studios.It will be moderated by CNN’s Dana Bash and Jake Tapper and Univision’s Ilia Calderón.last_img read more