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Web content accessibility concerns for websites

September 21, 2016

Monday, OBA President and CEO Roger Beverage participated in a conference call with the ABA and some of his colleagues across the country. A Pittsburgh law firm, Carlson Lynch Sweet, Kilpela and Carlson, has notified at least seven banks across the country (and it will be more than that soon) that their websites do not comply with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG - 2).

The issue is whether your website has made accommodations to allow visually impaired persons to “read” what is on your site. The lawsuits that have been – and will be – filed targeting banks of all sizes are trying to force banks to settle these claims, which include costs and attorney fees.

This issue has already jumped up and bitten restaurant owners and others costing them a great deal of time and money. In one case, a Colorado company incurred a $4,000 penalty and more than $100,000 in attorney fees because it was not in compliance with the statutory provisions.

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OBA Emerging Leaders hosting brewery tour

Join your peers for an afternoon brewery tour from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 7, at Iron Monk Brewing Company in Stillwater.

You'll go behind the scenes and learn how the beer is made. Additionally, you'll hear from both the brewers and their banker on how they worked together to make a dream a reality.

The registration fee of $10 includes the brewery tour, a take-home pint glass and a pint of your choice of Iron Monk's beers on tap.

This event is presented by the OBA Emerging Leaders but open to all bankers. For more information, click here, or contact Megan at the OBA: (405) 424-5252 or megan@oba.com.


Bankers' Night Out events set for fall

The dates for the OBA Bankers' Night Out programs have been finalized. Mark your calendar for the date of the program that's in your area of the state and plan to attend. Bring your coworkers with you so that everyone can be up to speed on the most recent developments affecting their job.

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. The cost is $40 per person. Click here for a registration form.

Locations and dates for this year's events are:

  • Tulsa, Sept. 27
  • Woodward, Sept. 28
  • Krebs, Sept. 29
  • Oklahoma City, Oct. 20
  • Ardmore, Oct. 24
  • Lawton, Oct. 25


OBA president to Congress: Over-regulation harms small banks, communities

Excessive regulation is making it more difficult for the nation's community banks to aid their customers, particularly in small, rural communities, according to testimony on Thursday from the Oklahoma Bankers Association's president and CEO to the U.S. House Small Business Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax and Capital Access.

OBA President and CEO Roger Beverage told the subcommittee a community bank is much more than simply a bank to residents of small and rural communities and the excessive regulations currently being placed on the industry, particularly from the Dodd-Frank Act, are forcing these community banks to merge with larger ones or simple shutter their doors.

Click here to read more!


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