Monday, August 24, 2009

21-day rule: CUNA urges CUs 'document everything'

WASHINGTON (9/20/09)--Starting today, periodic statements sent to members on their open-end loans must be provided at least 21 days before the payment due date in order for a credit union to charge a late fee, report the account as delinquent to credit bureaus, or impose a penalty interest rate.

"The application of this Truth-in-Lending Regulation Z provision to all open-end credit presents significant compliance challenges in making changes to credit union lending programs that have been in place for over a quarter of a century," says Kathy Thompson, Credit Union National Association (CUNA) senior vice president of compliance.

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