The 2023 Minnesota legislative session ended yesterday and there were many bills that Minnesota Credit Union Network staff were following and working on through the course of the session.
The Minnesota Credit Union Network is pleased to welcome Ashley Fish, Virginia Co-op CU, as the incoming CREW Ambassador. Ashley has been in the financial industry for almost 13 years.
She is passionate about the credit union movement and loves spreading the word about how awesome credit unions are. She is married with a 4-year-old daughter and 10-year-old stepdaughter.
To enhance leadership opportunities, starting in 2023 the CREW will have two Ambassadors serving the group and each will serve for two years: the first year in the traditional Ambassador role, and the second year assisting and mentoring the new Ambassador. Abbie White, our 2022 Ambassador and Corporate Partnerships with Wings Financial Credit Union will be staying on as our Emeritus Ambassador for 2023; and Ashley will join her. Next year, Ashley will become the Emeritus Ambassador, mentoring a new Ambassador for 2024.
For more information, visit the CREW page.
Join the CREW Peer-to-Peer (P2P), June 14, 1:00 p.m.
Leaping into leadership: A conversation with new leaders who came from peer roles into leadership roles. The spring session will be an open format conversation with our CREW young professionals and panelists. This event is meant to be an opportunity to meet and share with one another. The open session and forum will conclude with time to discuss questions with participants.
Date: June 14
Time: 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
This event will be made only via webinar/conference call. Webinar and call-in instructions, along with recordings, session materials and resources, will be provided to registered attendees.
Stay tuned for further announcements and updates!
For a list of all P2P sessions, visit our Peer-to-Peer (P2P) webpage. With questions, please contact Director of Engagement, Xiong Lee or VP of Communications & Engagement, Andrea Molnau, by email.
On April 10, 2023, President Biden signed a resolution ending the National Emergency (NE) as of that date. While the
NE has ended early, the presidential action does not affect the Public Health Emergency (PHE), which is still set to
expire on May 11.
How does this affect employee benefit plans?
Based on informal guidance from the Department of Labor (DOL), it does not.
The NE and PHE affect different aspects of employee benefit plans. As you may recall, the NE sets forth the tolling of
deadlines for purposes of COBRA, HIPAA special enrollment, claims submission, claim appeals, and independent third-party review of denied claims. This tolling of deadlines is called the Outbreak Period, which ends the earlier of (1) one
year after the individual was first entitled to relief; or (2) 60 days after the expiration of the NE (or another date
announced by DOL, the Treasury Department, and the IRS). Once the Outbreak Period ends, regular deadlines are back
Although the NE ended on April 10, the DOL maintains that the Outbreak Period will continue to run through July 10,
2023 (60 days after the anticipated NE end of May 11).
The PHE, on the other hand, expired on May 11 and affects COVID-related benefits offered under health plans.
The government recently released frequently asked questions (FAQs) to provide clarification and additional guidance regarding the end of both the NE and PHE.
This information is provided by Lockton Companies, which administers the Minnesota Credit Union Employee Benefits Plan. Login to view the full alert.
Introducing the ACCELERATION Newsletter
As your trade association, the Minnesota Credit Union Network is committed to helping the credit unions prosper and thrive by finding the right solutions to navigate logistical, economical, and regulatory obstacles.
MnCUN is pleased to introduce a new, biweekly newsletter, ACCELERATION to provide credit unions with the latest on consumer trends, training opportunities and products that will help your credit union meet the financial needs of your members.
ACCELERATION will be delivered to inboxes every other Monday at 1 p.m. starting on June 5. You can choose which types of communications to receive by logging into the Member Portal and navigating to the "Edit this Profile" section and choose the “Update Your Preferences” section to review and manage your subscriptions.
You Invest in Us. We Invest in You.
Invest in the Community Investment Fund (CIF) or Charitable Donation Account (CDA) to support the improvement of member financial well-being. These unique investments provide credit unions the opportunity to donate a portion of the earnings to both the Minnesota Credit Union Foundation and the National Credit Union Foundation. Investment options are available through several corporate credit union partners, and include Certificates of Deposit, Money Market accounts, or CIF Securities Options.
These earnings help to fund grant programs that support initiatives designed to directly improve the lives of credit union members. Services include financial literacy education, professional training, and emergency assistance – on both the state and national levels.
For more information on how the CIF and CDA programs work, please visit the National Credit Union Foundation website or contact Andrea Molnau, Executive Director, Minnesota Credit Union Foundation by email or by phone at 651-288-5527.
MnCUN Welcomes Committee Members
Minnesota Credit Union Network committees are made up of credit union professionals who volunteer their time to serve the Minnesota credit union movement. Representing credit unions of all sizes and from across the state, committee members help to further a variety of objectives from political and regulatory advocacy to awareness and recognition.
The following individuals have been appointed to serve on MnCUN Committees:
Advocacy fund committee
Steve Ewers, Chair
Members Cooperative CU
Minnesota Power Employees CU
* Tommy Rempfer
Awareness fund committee
political involvement committee
Regulatory review committee
State charter subcommittee
CREW Young Professionals
Participate in CU Forward Day 2023!
Join the Minnesota Credit Union Network and partners for another year of spreading kindness on CU Forward Day 2023, Monday, October 9! This year, the kindness day initiative will include partner organizations, volunteer opportunities, and further ways to participate and demonstrate the "people helping people" philosophy.
Please register to confirm your credit union's interest and/or participation in CU Forward Day 2023. Kindness day coordinators will receive communications regarding informational kickoff webinar and planning meetings on Wednesday, July 19 at 10 a.m. CU Forward Day coordinators, credit union leadership and staff are all welcome to join as planning gets underway.
With questions, please contact Director of Engagement, Xiong Lee, via email or by phone at (612) 802-7695.
CFPB Circular on Unilateral Re-Opening of Closed Deposit Accounts: The CFPB has found that financial institution(s) engage in an unfair practice by unilaterally reopening deposit accounts a consumer previously closed without seeking prior authorization or providing timely notice.
Minnesota Legislative Update: The constitutional deadline for the Minnesota Legislature to adjourn is less than a week away and Minnesota Credit Union Network staff are watching as the two-year budget is formed and monitoring for the impact on credit unions.
Minnesota FMLA Bill Summary: The House (HF2) and Senate (SF2) FMLA bills have been passed by the House and Senate and are currently in a conference committee.
The Pulse is MnCUN's newsletter that keeps credit union professionals and board members updated on current news and information.