What does it take to have an engaged workforce? Is it a ping pong table in the breakroom and unlimited vacation and sick pay? Is it a flexible work environment allowing employees to set their own schedules? If your eyes … Continue reading
Tue, 26 Jan 2016 18:22:51 +0000
TOPEKA – (February 5, 2015) – More than 700 Kansas consumers may be eligible for relief under the terms of a settlement reached with HSBC, Attorney General Derek Schmidt said today.
The agreement filed today in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia provides direct payments to Kansas borrowers whose loans were serviced by HSBC and who lost their home to foreclosure between January 1, 2008, and December 31, 2012. The settlement also includes other relief for borrowers in need of assistance, such as loan modifications, new mortgage servicing standards and oversight authority to prevent future violations. Schmidt joined attorneys general from 48 other states, as well as the District of Columbia, U.S. Justice Department and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in the settlement.
“Our office continues to investigate the improper conduct by mortgage servicers during the financial crisis,” Schmidt said. “Today’s settlement marks another step to holding servicers accountable for these unacceptable practices and repaying Kansas consumers for the damage that was done.”
The settlement resolves alleged violations in HSBC foreclosure practices, such as robo-signing, improper documentation and lost paperwork. HSBC is required to substantially change its mortgage servicing and foreclosure practices to prevent future abuses.
The agreement’s mortgage servicing terms largely mirror the 2012 National Mortgage Settlement (NMS) reached between the federal government, 49 state attorneys general, including Kansas, and the five largest national mortgage servicers. That agreement provided consumers nationwide with more than $50 billion in direct relief, created new servicing standards and implemented independent oversight. A subsequent state-federal agreement with SunTrust Mortgage Inc. worth nearly $1 billion was announced in June 2014.
Compliance with the settlement will be overseen by the NMS monitor Joseph A. Smith, Jr. for one year. Consumers who are eligible for the cash payments will be contacted by the settlement administrator but may also contact HSBC directly for more information. For loans serviced by HSBC Bank USA, N.A., borrowers with questions should call 1-866-435-7085 or call their case manager. For loans serviced by HSBC Mortgage Services, Household Finance, or Beneficial, borrowers with questions should call 1-800-333-7023 or contact their single point of contact.
More information on this settlement and the National Mortgage Settlement is available on the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection website at www.InYourCornerKansas.org.
Fri, 05 Feb 2016 17:00:02 Z
TOPEKA—The Kansas Supreme Court announced today it will conduct a special evening session at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 9, at Topeka High School as part of its ongoing outreach to familiarize Kansans with the high court, its work, and the overall role of the Kansas judiciary.
The court will be in session from 6:30 p.m. to about 8 p.m. in the auditorium of Topeka High School at 800 SW 10th Avenue in Topeka.
“The Supreme Court has conducted special sessions in communities all across Kansas, but this is our first evening session in Topeka,” said Chief Justice Lawton R. Nuss. “We chose Topeka High School for its historical significance in our community, although we would be honored to visit any of the Topeka area high schools.”
The public is invited to attend the special session to observe the court as it hears oral arguments in cases to be announced prior to March. After the hearing concludes, the justices will greet the public in an informal reception in the school’s cafeteria.
“Community visits are a great way for the people of Kansas to get to know us — who we are and what we do — and to learn about the judiciary’s role in our society,” said Nuss. “We encourage anyone who’s ever been curious about Supreme Court proceedings to come. We provide live webcasts of all our courtroom sessions in the Kansas Judicial Center, but people tell us there’s nothing like seeing proceedings in person.”
The Supreme Court's has conducted several special sessions outside its Topeka courtroom since 2011 and the sessions regularly draw crowds numbering in the hundreds. The court's first evening session in Hays in spring 2015 drew an estimated 700 people, and a crowd estimated to number 500 attended an evening session in Garden City in October 2015.
In 2011, the court marked the state sesquicentennial by convening in a special session in the historic Supreme Court courtroom in the Kansas Statehouse. From there, and through the end of 2011, the court conducted special sessions in Salina, Greensburg, and Wichita. The court held sessions in Overland Park in 2012, Pittsburg in 2013, Kansas City in 2014, Hays in April 2015, and Garden City in October 2015.
News Release from:
Public Information Director
Wed, 3 Feb 2016 21:59:23 GMT
The KRAF Grant Application Submission period has ended for 2016.
Wed, 27 Jan 2016 20:30:34 +0000
The project is possible through the Kansas Department of Commerce Workforce AID.
Wed, 30 Dec 2015 15:45:35 -0600
The Kansas Department of Corrections launches an interactive dashboard, providing a visual data source for the public.
TOPEKA, Kan. - The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has not had any confirmed cases of Zika virus in Kansas.
Fri, 5 Feb 2016 14:11:24 -0600
By NetWork Kansas | December 17, 2014 --- As of November 30, 2014, NetWork Kansas has awarded 61 businesses Kansas Capital Multiplier funding totaling more than $10.1 million. This funding complemented an additional $171.1 million in private investment in these businesses.
Wed, 17 Dec 2014 20:00:00 Z