Ari Karen

Ari Karen


Ari Karen, an attorney at Offit Kurman, has counseled several mortgage banks and financial services firms on the development and implementation of policies and procedures related to allowing institutions to remain compliant with wage hour laws. He counsels clients in proactive and practical means of compliance with technical wage-hour laws and other labor and employment regulations. His litigation expertise includes unfair competition, fiduciary breach, partnership disputes, worker misclassification and minimum wage and overtime claims in all state and federal trial and appellate courts. He has spoken at several industry conferences.

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If the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia rules on party lines, the current structure of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau will remain intact.
A district court in Texas has filed an injunction against last year's Department of Labor ruling on loan officer compensation but lenders should hold themselves to that standard as basic compliance regardless of the outcome.
Even with Republicans controlling both Congress and the White House, it's highly unlikely the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau will be completely eliminated. However, under the new presidential administration's oversight, many of its more aggressive policies will likely change.
Lenders asking whether bank loans are safe are missing the point and should instead be more concerned with the standard they apply when underwriting them.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau can determine nearly anything to be an unfair, deceptive or abusive act or practice, and it's more likely to do so when lenders try to take advantage of regulatory loopholes.
Regulatory in-fighting over bond loans offered by down payment assistance programs has the potential to curtail lending to first-time buyers and do real damage to homeownership.
Enforcement actions by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau against companies are well-known, but compliance starts with individuals.
Lenders that sell both forward and reverse mortgages must carefully consider how their products are offered to older borrowers to avoid confusion that could lead to accusations of financial abuse.
As the war for talent heats up and lenders face tougher decisions in recruiting and hiring loan officers, the need to deploy certain tactics might seem appealing, but will ultimately create more problems than they are worth.
No-action letters from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau can be an essential tool for lenders in striving to the mortgage process more consumer-friendly through inventive products and service but lenders must seek them out.
Appellate courts are officially playing pingpong with underwriters' employment status, leaving lenders to decide whether or not they qualify as employees exempt from minimum wage and overtime pay and open to regulatory scrutiny.
Compliance experts have long disagreed about how much, if any, discretion loan officers have in pricing loans to consumers. But a recent auto lending case should bring that debate to a close.
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