Member Alert: More States Begin Phased Reopening

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5/14/2020 1:00 PM

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Member Alert: More States Begin Phased Reopening

ACA International continues to monitor state and city updates and remains available as a resource for members during this difficult time of fast-moving and often ambiguous regulatory change. In addition, our team maintains regular direct and indirect communications with state and federal regulators to receive up-to-the-minute guidance on industry-relevant orders and emergency regulations, which we parse and report on at regular intervals.

Daily Huddle

Members are invited to join ACA’s team including CEO Mark Neeb, Vice President and Senior Counsel of Federal Advocacy Leah Dempsey, Corporate Counsel Colin Winkler and Vice President of State Government and Unit Affairs Andrew Madden for a Daily Huddle at 11 a.m., Central Standard Time weekdays.

Friday’s Daily Huddle will feature helpful tips on Planning for Tomorrow Today: a checklist for managing what you have done and what you need to do for your "new normal" business. Dennis J. Barton III, owner and managing attorney, Barton Law Group, will moderate the discussion with Katherine R. O’Brien, Esq., compliance officer, in-house counsel, Jefferson Capital Systems LLC. Barton and O’Brien will touch on hardship policies, debt collection operational impacts, legal collection pitfalls to avoid and factors to consider in unwinding the rush to remote work arrangements.

Daily Huddle sponsors are Collectors Insurance Agency Licensing Services, Intelligent Contacts, RevSpring, Solutions by Text, BillingTree, Interprose, and TCN. Recordings of past Daily Huddle sessions are also available.

Federal News Updates

HEROES Act Advocacy

The $3 trillion "Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) ACT" proposes several changes that would have significant impact on the ARM industry. ACA International is working to educate Congress about troublesome provisions in the bill. The Senate is not expected to take up the full package from the House, and there will continue to be opportunities for Congress to remove the problematic provisions as it moves through both chambers of Congress. It is expected that negotiations will continue until the end of the month. To review ACA’s working summary of the bill click here.

Here are the latest updates on state guidance:

The National Governors Association has multiple resources available on COVID-19 in the U.S. and actions in states and territories in response to the pandemic. Members are encouraged to check the chart for their state updates while ACA will continue to highlight specific changes for the industry on a regular basis. The National Governors Association chart is also available on ACA’s COVID-19 state resources webpage.

Louisiana

The state’s stay at home order will expire as Gov. John Bel Edwards gives the go-ahead for entering Phase 1 of reopening. The governor detailed the new "safer at home" approach and reopening plan in the "Roadmap to a Resilient Louisiana." Under the plan, businesses can open with certain health and social distancing guidelines in place including limits to 25% occupancy, sanitation and spacing for physical distancing. For more specific guidance and resources visit: https://opensafely.la.gov/

Maryland

Effective at 5 p.m. Friday, May 15, the state of Maryland will move from a Stay at Home order to a Safer at Home public health advisory. The phased opening allows retail stores to reopen at up to 50 % capacity, with curbside pickup and delivery strongly encouraged. The state also published best practices for business to follow when reopening under the plan. 

Minnesota

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz issued a "Stay Safe Minnesota" order modifying the state’s stay at home order set to expire on May 18. The governor also extended the peacetime state of emergency for an additional 30 days, which enables him to take executive actions such as the stay at home order and closing schools, bars and restaurants. The order states that workers should, "continue to work from home whenever possible. Any worker who can work from home must do so."

Wisconsin

The Wisconsin Supreme Court struck down the state’s stay-at-home order in a 4-3 vote on May 13. The court ruled that Gov. Tony Evers overstepped his authority by extending the order through the end of May. The ruling immediately lifts all restrictions on businesses and gatherings imposed by the stay at home order, but keeps in place the closure of schools until fall. Local governments can impose their own health restrictions and have started to move in that direction. 

For more information on how the ACA Licensing staff can assist with your licensing needs, please contact us at Licensing@acainternational.org or call (952) 926-6547.


Follow ACA International on Twitter @ACAIntl and @acacollector, Facebook and request to join our LinkedIn group for news and event updates. ACA International members are welcome to submit news items for possible publication to comm@acainternational.org. Visit our publications page for news submission guidelines and subscriptions to ACA Daily, Collector magazine and Pulse.

Advertising is available for companies wishing to promote their products or services. Be sure to visit the ACA Events Calendar on the Education and Training page to view our listing of upcoming CORE Curriculum and Hot Topic seminars featuring critical educational opportunities for your company.


Subscribe to ACA Daily NEWSROOM

Member Alert: More States Begin Phased Reopening

ACA International continues to monitor state and city updates and remains available as a resource for members during this difficult time of fast-moving and often ambiguous regulatory change. In addition, our team maintains regular direct and indirect communications with state and federal regulators to receive up-to-the-minute guidance on industry-relevant orders and emergency regulations, which we parse and report on at regular intervals.

Daily Huddle

Members are invited to join ACA’s team including CEO Mark Neeb, Vice President and Senior Counsel of Federal Advocacy Leah Dempsey, Corporate Counsel Colin Winkler and Vice President of State Government and Unit Affairs Andrew Madden for a Daily Huddle at 11 a.m., Central Standard Time weekdays.

Friday’s Daily Huddle will feature helpful tips on Planning for Tomorrow Today: a checklist for managing what you have done and what you need to do for your "new normal" business. Dennis J. Barton III, owner and managing attorney, Barton Law Group, will moderate the discussion with Katherine R. O’Brien, Esq., compliance officer, in-house counsel, Jefferson Capital Systems LLC. Barton and O’Brien will touch on hardship policies, debt collection operational impacts, legal collection pitfalls to avoid and factors to consider in unwinding the rush to remote work arrangements.

Daily Huddle sponsors are Collectors Insurance Agency Licensing Services, Intelligent Contacts, RevSpring, Solutions by Text, BillingTree, Interprose, and TCN. Recordings of past Daily Huddle sessions are also available.

Federal News Updates

HEROES Act Advocacy

The $3 trillion "Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) ACT" proposes several changes that would have significant impact on the ARM industry. ACA International is working to educate Congress about troublesome provisions in the bill. The Senate is not expected to take up the full package from the House, and there will continue to be opportunities for Congress to remove the problematic provisions as it moves through both chambers of Congress. It is expected that negotiations will continue until the end of the month. To review ACA’s working summary of the bill click here.

Here are the latest updates on state guidance:

The National Governors Association has multiple resources available on COVID-19 in the U.S. and actions in states and territories in response to the pandemic. Members are encouraged to check the chart for their state updates while ACA will continue to highlight specific changes for the industry on a regular basis. The National Governors Association chart is also available on ACA’s COVID-19 state resources webpage.

Louisiana

The state’s stay at home order will expire as Gov. John Bel Edwards gives the go-ahead for entering Phase 1 of reopening. The governor detailed the new "safer at home" approach and reopening plan in the "Roadmap to a Resilient Louisiana." Under the plan, businesses can open with certain health and social distancing guidelines in place including limits to 25% occupancy, sanitation and spacing for physical distancing. For more specific guidance and resources visit: https://opensafely.la.gov/

Maryland

Effective at 5 p.m. Friday, May 15, the state of Maryland will move from a Stay at Home order to a Safer at Home public health advisory. The phased opening allows retail stores to reopen at up to 50 % capacity, with curbside pickup and delivery strongly encouraged. The state also published best practices for business to follow when reopening under the plan. 

Minnesota

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz issued a "Stay Safe Minnesota" order modifying the state’s stay at home order set to expire on May 18. The governor also extended the peacetime state of emergency for an additional 30 days, which enables him to take executive actions such as the stay at home order and closing schools, bars and restaurants. The order states that workers should, "continue to work from home whenever possible. Any worker who can work from home must do so."

Wisconsin

The Wisconsin Supreme Court struck down the state’s stay-at-home order in a 4-3 vote on May 13. The court ruled that Gov. Tony Evers overstepped his authority by extending the order through the end of May. The ruling immediately lifts all restrictions on businesses and gatherings imposed by the stay at home order, but keeps in place the closure of schools until fall. Local governments can impose their own health restrictions and have started to move in that direction. 

For more information on how the ACA Licensing staff can assist with your licensing needs, please contact us at Licensing@acainternational.org or call (952) 926-6547.


Follow ACA International on Twitter @ACAIntl and @acacollector, Facebook and request to join our LinkedIn group for news and event updates. ACA International members are welcome to submit news items for possible publication to comm@acainternational.org. Visit our publications page for news submission guidelines and subscriptions to ACA Daily, Collector magazine and Pulse.

Advertising is available for companies wishing to promote their products or services. Be sure to visit the ACA Events Calendar on the Education and Training page to view our listing of upcoming CORE Curriculum and Hot Topic seminars featuring critical educational opportunities for your company.


Subscribe to ACA Daily NEWSROOM

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