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  • Montgomery County CCOC Launches Online Board Member Training Program

    By: Kevin A. Kernan

    Montgomery County law now requires common ownership community board members to receive training in basic community association management.  The Montgomery County Commission on Common Ownership Communities (CCOC) has launched a new online training program that allows board members to comply...

  • How Associations Can Protect Their Content Rights Before Going Global

    By: Dorothy Deng

    By: Dorothy W. Deng and Michelle Sara KingReprinted with permission. Copyright, ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership, June 1, 2015, Washington, DC.

  • Automatic Renewal of Membership Dues and Recurring Credit Card Payment Laws

    By: Megan C. Spratt

    More associations are instituting automatic membership dues renewal programs, where members’ credit cards are stored and charged periodically.  While this payment structure is very appealing to many associations, certain legal issues should be carefully considered before proceeding.

  • Montgomery County Towing Amendments

    By: Roberto M. Montesinos

    New laws will take effect in Montgomery County, Maryland on November 30, 2015 which will impact parking and towing policies in community associations. This article will highlight the new requirements under Chapter 30C of the Montgomery County Code (“Code”) of which all community associations in...

  • Cybersecurity: A Big Threat

    By: Stacey L. Pine

    This article appeared in Association TRENDS and is reprinted with permission of the publisher.

  • DOJ Issues New Guidance on Testing Accommodations Under the Americans with Disabilities Act

    By: Megan C. Spratt

    On September 8, 2015, the Department of Justice issued technical assistance on testing accommodations under the ADA.  The document covers who is entitled to testing accommodations, what types of testing accommodations are required, what documentation may be required of the individual...

  • European High Court Invalidates Safe Harbor for Transfer of Personal Data

    By: Howard R. Feldman, S. Keith Moulsdale, Ryan J. Stoker

    On October 6, 2015, the European Court of Justice — the highest court in Europe — invalidated an international privacy agreement between the United States and the European Union, known as the US-EU Safe Harbor.  The US-EU Safe Harbor allowed companies engaged in international business...

  • IRS Proposes Regulation Regarding Reporting of Charitable Donations

    By: Stacey L. Pine

    The IRS recently issued a proposed regulation regarding the reporting of charitable donations.  Under the current law, taxpayers who donate $250 or more to a charitable organization must obtain a written receipt from the charitable organization in order to claim a charitable deduction, and the...

  • Use of Criminal Background Checks in the Hiring Process

    By: A. Ari Ghosal

    This article originally appeared in the June issue of Association TRENDS and is reprinted with their permission. You are the hiring person at your organization.  As part of your hiring process, your organization considers an individual’s criminal history as a factor in whether to exclude...

  • Finance and Audit Committees

    By: Eileen Morgan Johnson, CAE

    This article was originally published in the June issue of Association TRENDS and is reprinted with permission. Most associations have at least one board committee that oversees the association’s money.  Some associations have divided the oversight duties and assigned them to multiple...