Member Alert: U.S. Supreme Court Will Review TCPA Case by Phone

In other news, next Daily Huddle April 14 features insights on credit reporting; New York issues guidance on essential businesses and debt collection.

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Member Alert: U.S. Supreme Court Will Review TCPA Case by Phone

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 advocacy team including Vice President and Senior Counsel of Federal Advocacy Leah Dempsey, Corporate Counsel Colin Winkler and Vice President of State Government and Unit Affairs Andy Madden for a Daily Huddle at 11 a.m., Central Standard Time weekdays. The Daily Huddle is sponsored by BillingTree, Solutions by Text, Interprose, and TCN. Click here to access the Daily Huddle for Tuesday, April 14, featuring a discussion of credit reporting changes in the wake of COVID19 from Lisa DeLessio and Rebecca Kuehn, partners at Hudson Cook LLP. Recordings of past Daily Huddle sessions are also available.

Hot Topic Webinars

April 16: Forecasting and Re-Budgeting 2020 with all the Unknowns

April 17: How has Your Talk Off Changed

Federal news updates:

U.S. Supreme Court

After an announcement originally delaying oral arguments for the April term, the U.S. Supreme Court will hold proceedings by phone in May, including a Telephone Consumer Protection Act case.

While exact dates for oral arguments have not yet been assigned, the court’s May docket will include Barr v. American Association of Political Consultants. Potential dates for the Barr argument include May 4-6 and May 11-13, according to a news release from the U.S. Supreme Court. The case will turn on whether the government-debt exception to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act’s automated-call restriction violates the First Amendment and, if so, whether the proper remedy would be to sever the exception from the remainder of the statute. ACA International, in consultation with its Judicial Committee and its amicus counsel, has filed a letter brief to succinctly state its position without unduly burdening the court. Read more about this matter and ACA’s approach in the April issue of Collector magazine. 

Here are the latest updates on state guidance:

Michigan

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has extended the state’s stay at home order through May 6, 2020. The order also directs Michigan residents to stay in their homes unless they’re a part of the critical infrastructure workforce. Implementing temporarily telework while the current state of emergency is in effect is a reasonable consideration for businesses.

New York

The New York State Department of Economic Development issued new guidance for determining whether a business enterprise is subject to a workforce reduction under recent executive orders and to assist businesses in determining whether they are an essential business. Financial institutions deemed essential, except debt collection, include: banks or lending institutions, insurance, payroll, accounting, and services related to financial markets.

Vermont

Vermont Gov. Phil Scott extended the state’s stay at home order until May 15, 2020. All businesses and non-profits are to institute work from home procedures to the extent possible and all residents are to "stay home, stay safe," except for those performing critical services. For the purpose of clarifying "stay home, stay safe," the Secretary of the Agency of Commerce and Community Development is directed to clarify that essential services provided by financial, legal and professional services are allowed to facilitate assistance to Vermont residents seeking to take advantage of state and federal financial support made available in response to the economic impacts of COVID-19.
 

More information including state compliance, federal advocacy and ACA online education is also available on the ACA News COVID-19 Updates webpage.

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: U.S. Supreme Court Will Review TCPA Case by Phone

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 advocacy team including Vice President and Senior Counsel of Federal Advocacy Leah Dempsey, Corporate Counsel Colin Winkler and Vice President of State Government and Unit Affairs Andy Madden for a Daily Huddle at 11 a.m., Central Standard Time weekdays. The Daily Huddle is sponsored by BillingTree, Solutions by Text, Interprose, and TCN. Click here to access the Daily Huddle for Tuesday, April 14, featuring a discussion of credit reporting changes in the wake of COVID19 from Lisa DeLessio and Rebecca Kuehn, partners at Hudson Cook LLP. Recordings of past Daily Huddle sessions are also available.

Hot Topic Webinars

April 16: Forecasting and Re-Budgeting 2020 with all the Unknowns

April 17: How has Your Talk Off Changed

Federal news updates:

U.S. Supreme Court

After an announcement originally delaying oral arguments for the April term, the U.S. Supreme Court will hold proceedings by phone in May, including a Telephone Consumer Protection Act case.

While exact dates for oral arguments have not yet been assigned, the court’s May docket will include Barr v. American Association of Political Consultants. Potential dates for the Barr argument include May 4-6 and May 11-13, according to a news release from the U.S. Supreme Court. The case will turn on whether the government-debt exception to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act’s automated-call restriction violates the First Amendment and, if so, whether the proper remedy would be to sever the exception from the remainder of the statute. ACA International, in consultation with its Judicial Committee and its amicus counsel, has filed a letter brief to succinctly state its position without unduly burdening the court. Read more about this matter and ACA’s approach in the April issue of Collector magazine. 

Here are the latest updates on state guidance:

Michigan

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has extended the state’s stay at home order through May 6, 2020. The order also directs Michigan residents to stay in their homes unless they’re a part of the critical infrastructure workforce. Implementing temporarily telework while the current state of emergency is in effect is a reasonable consideration for businesses.

New York

The New York State Department of Economic Development issued new guidance for determining whether a business enterprise is subject to a workforce reduction under recent executive orders and to assist businesses in determining whether they are an essential business. Financial institutions deemed essential, except debt collection, include: banks or lending institutions, insurance, payroll, accounting, and services related to financial markets.

Vermont

Vermont Gov. Phil Scott extended the state’s stay at home order until May 15, 2020. All businesses and non-profits are to institute work from home procedures to the extent possible and all residents are to "stay home, stay safe," except for those performing critical services. For the purpose of clarifying "stay home, stay safe," the Secretary of the Agency of Commerce and Community Development is directed to clarify that essential services provided by financial, legal and professional services are allowed to facilitate assistance to Vermont residents seeking to take advantage of state and federal financial support made available in response to the economic impacts of COVID-19.
 

More information including state compliance, federal advocacy and ACA online education is also available on the ACA News COVID-19 Updates webpage.

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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