Why Your Bank Employees Need Security Training
Security is important in almost every public place. Whether it’s meant to make visitors comfortable, protect the people in that space or protect the space and its assets, security is an important part of many businesses. For banks and credit unions, security is of the utmost importance. Physical and digital security are paramount to ensuring that banks and other financial institutions are able to keep the money they are trusted with and the individuals who regularly are present in the institution safe. The best way for any financial institution to keep things safe and secure is with proper training.
Security is Everyone’s Concern
Security and safety training are important for every level of employee at a financial institution. Anyone in a bank can leave it vulnerable to physical and digital threats, from the bottom to the top. Knowing security and safety best practices are integral to any comprehensive training program and integral to the daily operations of a bank. Training should include red flags and warning signs, what employees should do to in the event of an emergency, what employees should do in the event of a robbery, how to properly open and close a bank or branch, the responsibilities of the chief security officer and more.
Comprehensive Training Programs
From the best way to handle suspicious activity to proper closing procedures, even the tiniest mistakes can lead to major repercussions. That’s why it’s better to be safe than sorry and ensure that your bank employees know security and safety protocol in and out. And that’s where your training comes in.
Edcomm offers a diverse array of banking and finance training that can keep your institution compliant and can also help keep it safe. Our training programs are comprehensive and constantly updated to stay up to date with a quickly changing industry and brand-new technology because with changes and new technology comes new threats.
If you’re looking for compliance and bank security training, contact the Edcomm team today!
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)
CFPB Announces Actions Against Fraudulent Debt Relief Companies
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau filed charges against several companies and individuals associated with illegal student debt relief practices. These companies and individuals were illegally obtaining consumer reports, charging illegal advance fees, and engaging in fraudulent conduct. These actions were filed against Chou Team Realty, LLC, which does business as Monster Loans, Land Tech Loans, and Docu Prep Center Inc.
The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC)
OCC and Other Agencies Announce Annual CRA Asset-Size Threshold Adjustments for Small and Intermediate Small Institutions
The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and the other federal banking regulatory agencies announced the annual adjustments to the thresholds that are used to define which institutions are a small bank, small savings association, intermediate small bank, and intermediate small savings association. These definitions are based on asset-size thresholds set in the CRA, which requires they be adjusted each year.
Securities and Exchange Commission
SEC Proposes Improved Market Data Plan Governance
The Securities and Exchange Commission proposed a plan to modernize the governance of National Market System (NMS). The proposed order would require equities exchanges and FINRA to file a new NMS plan with the SEC to increase transparency and reduce conflicts of interest. The SEC is seeking public comment on this proposal.
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)
The FDIC Updates Money Smart for Small Business Curriculum
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the US Small Business Association announced updates to the Money Smart for Small Business curriculum, which focuses on helping small business owners and entrepreneurs understand their relationship with their bank and how it can help them reach their goals. The updates focus on banking and credit and are now available.
Federal Reserve Board (FRB)
FRB Releases Preliminary Treasury Data for 2019
The Federal Reserve Board announced preliminary data showing that in 2019, Reserve Banks made approximately $54.9 Billion in payments to the US Treasury. The final financial statements for the 2019 audit of Reserve Banks will be published in March. The data released in March may adjust these preliminary figures.
What is HMDA?
There are a lot of banking regulations and each one is incredibly important. This is true in both their purpose keeping the banking industry safe and secure and their ability to keep lending, trading, and other activities fair. Recently, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau finalized rules that clarified exemptions and extended the current threshold for collecting and reporting data about open-end lines of credit under HMDA. But what is HMDA?
The Home Mortgage Disclosure Act or HMDA is a federal law in the US. It was enacted by the 94th congress of the United States and went into effect on December 31, 1975, signed into law by President Gerald Ford.
HMDA rose from the noticeable shortage of credit offered by banks and financial institutions in certain urban areas. As many of these urban areas declined, Congress came to believe that the decline was caused by institutions not providing home finance loans with good terms to qualified borrowers.
HMDA doesn’t necessarily prohibit financial institutions from certain actions, though. It is essentially a law that requires financial institutions to disclose important data, not only to regulatory authorities but to the public.
HMDA requires institutions to provide information to the public, allowing the people who live in a community to assess whether the institution is actually serving that community. A 1989 amendment to the law requires institutions to also provide information about the characteristics of borrowers and applicants. This information is used to ensure that lenders are not discriminating against certain individuals in their lending practices and is also used to enforce anti-discrimination laws.
HMDA and other banking regulations are an important part of the banking industry. And that’s why the understanding of regulations is important to compliance training. If you’re looking for compliance training for your financial institution, Contact us today for more information.
What Kind of Training is Out There and Who Needs It?
It’s easy to assume that only certain industries need to train their employees. It’s definitely a necessity for certain lines of work, especially government-regulated industries with specific compliance training needs. Other businesses may be mandated to use training courses, though. But what kind of training is out there?
Financial Industry Compliance Training
One of the major reasons that certain businesses need compliance training is because the government requires it for that industry. A good example of this would be banks and other financial institutions. These financial institutions have to train employees and executives alike. The government requires these institutions to train their employees in specific and general areas. Some of the training required can be about in-depth financial regulations and other training may be simpler but just as vital. For example, training a bank teller to spot potential warning signs of fraud is just as important as a bank’s officers knowing about the latest regulations regarding loans.
HR Compliance Training
Another type of training often required or, at least, recommended by government bodies is HR compliance training. This type of training often focuses on teaching employees and executive about diversity, sexual harassment, discrimination, and similar issues in the workplace. There’s no single industry that uses this type of training. Many businesses, even federal and local governments require their employees to take this type of training. Even if it’s not required by law, many businesses make it part of their own initiatives to use this kind of training. There are very few industries that couldn’t benefit from a better understanding of ethical issues in the workplace.
Professional Skills Training
Outside of required training, many businesses use courses to teach their staff important professional skills. Professional skills training is often an important part of the onboarding process for many businesses. This type of training isn’t usually mandated by government bodies but can definitely help a business hone their employee’s skills and teach them valuable lessons about everything from anger management to answering calls.
If you’re interested in financial compliance training, HR compliance training, or professional skills training for your business, Banker’s Academy can help. With a focus on the financial industry, we stay abreast of the latest in banking regulations and compliance requirements and can provide you with relevant and thorough training for your institution. Contact us today for more information.