HUD Expands Fair Housing Protections (9/22/16) On September 15, HUD published new guidance on how the Fair Housing Act protects individuals who are limited in their ability to read, write, speak or understand English (Limited English Proficiency (LEP)). Because there is a close relationship between national origin and the ability to speak English, possible fair lending issues arise. And, according to HUD, LEP can also arise with respect to other protected classes, including religion and disability. This latest guidance expands on guidance and a set of FAQs that HUD issued in 2007 and that still apply. Read more.
ABA Staff Analysis: ADA Web Accessibility Guidelines (9/22/16) ABA has published a staff analysis of the Americans with Disabilities Act outlining the current state of the law and the Department of Justice’s anticipated website accessibility regulations. While Title III website accessibility rulemaking is not scheduled until 2018, plaintiff’s attorneys are making use of DOJ’s position that banks and others have an existing duty to provide accessible web content. For more information, contact ABA’s Toni Cannady.