Mon, Nov 6, 2017
61 bipartisan members of Congress have written to the Department of Justice requesting guidance on how the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) pertains to websites. The leauges and CUNA urged Reps. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) and Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) to support credit union efforts to address ambiguities in website accessibility requirements that are spurring frivolous class action litigation. Rep. Jamie Raskin from the Maryland delegation was one of the legislators to sign the letter.
The DOJ began considering developing regulations to address website ADA issues over seven years ago but never completed the process, leaving an absence of clear standards. This has and continues to cause frivolous class action litigation that is costly to credit unions and their members.
Specifically, the letter asks the DOJ to resume its plans to issue regulations on website accessibility requirements under the ADA. A 2010 DOJ Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) raised this issue, but the rule was never finalized and has been classified as “inactive.”
The Association is hosting a free webinar on Wednesday, November 8, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. to offer credit unions guidance. John Bredehoft from Kaufman & Canoles, and Ken Otsuka from CUNA Mutual Group, will discuss what the ADA means for credit unions with a digital presence, as well as how to make sure your website is compliant to avoid legal issues down the road. The webinar will be moderated by E. Andy Keeney, Esq., Kaufman & Canoles and John Bratsakis, CEO, MD|DC Credit Union Association. The webinar will conclude with a legislative update on the issue.