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California auto dealers: Re-check your pay plans and wage statements before January 1, 2016

On October 10, 2015, Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 1513 into law creating a new California Labor Code § 226.2 (effective January 1, 2016), which rewrites and redefines the rules governing piece-rate compensation in...more

How Often Can We Run Credit Checks On Dealership Employees?

Picture this scenario: a privately held dealership operates 16 stores in Southwest Florida. The company’s CFO tries to keep on top of how the finance managers, cashiers, parts managers, and others who handle money or property...more

Proposed Overtime Regulations Will Likely Affect Your Dealership

The United States Department of Labor (USDOL) recently announced proposed revisions to some of the most commonly used exemptions to minimum wage and overtime, saying it will “extend overtime protections to roughly five...more

California Highway Patrol seeks to eliminate identity theft in vehicle purchases with proposed new thumbprint requirement

Every year, millions of dollars are lost by finance companies and dealerships due to fraud and identity theft related crimes. Even worse, due to the lack of accurate personal information on an identity theft suspect,...more

Supreme Court to Resolve Circuit Split on OT Pay for Car Dealerships?

As you have read in our blog over the years, the misclassification of employees as exempt is one of the primary claims in wage and hour litigation.  Misclassification claims can arise in many forms, including the...more

Bhasin Anniversary: You Gotta Have Faith?

It has been almost a year since the Supreme Court of Canada’s unanimous decision in Bhasin v. Hrynew, which was the subject of great attention and some alarm when released. What did it mean to have “good faith as an...more

VW Group – A Storm in a Teacup?

We've all seen a lot of media coverage about the 1.2 million Volkswagen/Audi/Seat/Skoda vehicles sold in the United Kingdom that are fitted with "defeat" software and the storm clouds are brewing. But the reality is that...more

Seventh Circuit Decision Drives Home Importance of Prudence in Communicating With Employees About Union Issues

In AutoNation, Inc. v. NLRB, the Seventh Circuit enforced a National Labor Relations Board decision that found a car dealership to be in violation of the National Labor Relations Act for interfering with workers’ efforts to...more

Appellate Decision Helps CA Dealers Navigate CLRA Responses

On August 27, 2015, the California Court of Appeals reaffirmed the denial of plaintiff's fees and costs totaling $182,273.00 in Benson v. Southern California Auto Sales, Inc., et al, Case No. G050484. This is a significant...more

Appeals Court Upholds Board Finding of Failure to Bargain over Job Relocation

The D.C. Circuit recently enforced the National Labor Relations Board’s January 3, 2012 order holding that an automotive dealership had violated Sections 8(a)(5) and 8(a)(1) of the National Labor Relations Act by failing to...more

The Key to Steering Clear of the FTC’s Crack Down on Car Dealership Advertisements

Car dealerships are notorious for running loud, flashy ads with too-good-to-be-true offers for outrageous deals to buy or lease cars. Some dealerships downplay or even hide the seemingly endless list of qualifications on...more

Why Does the CFPB Want to Curb Auto Lenders’ Discretion to Charge Higher or Lower Interest Rates?

On July 14, 2015, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) and Department of Justice (“DOJ”) announced they had reached a “groundbreaking settlement” with American Honda Finance Corporation (“Honda”).(1) The...more

It Is Now Easier To Draft Class Action Waivers and Arbitration Agreements

Last week, the California Supreme Court provided additional guidance as to how to draft an enforceable arbitration agreement and how Courts should analyze whether mandatory arbitration provisions can be held unconscionable...more

CFPB Refers Another Auto Finance Company to DOJ on Disparate Impact Allegations

Not long after taking action against American Honda Finance Corporation under the disparate impact doctrine for allegedly discriminatory auto loan pricing, the CFPB has struck again—this time reportedly referring Santander...more

Adjusting to CFPB's Auto Finance Examination Authority

On Aug. 9, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau rule that enables the CFPB to supervise the biggest nonbank automobile finance companies took effect, subjecting the auto finance industry to new and unprecedented...more

Ask Fisher & Phillips: Our Top 10 Questions From Dealers (Part Three)

This edition of “Ask Fisher & Phillips” picks up where our last newsletter left off – here is the concluding segment of the “Top 10 Questions from Dealers” from the past year....more

The California Supreme Court Holds Consumer Class Action Waivers In Arbitration Provisions Are Enforceable Under Federal Law

On August 3, 2015, the California Supreme Court issued its long-awaited arbitration decision in Sanchez v. Valencia Holding Co., LLC, No. B228027. The Court held that the arbitration provision found in a standard form auto...more

Dealership Handbooks Remain In The NLRB's Crosshairs

As we advised almost a year ago, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has recently been subjecting dealership handbooks to increased legal scrutiny. Whether or not your dealership is unionized, your employment policies...more

Preventing Whistleblower Claims in the Automotive Industry

Whistleblower and retaliation claims are some of the most costly claims brought by employees and they are on the rise. OSHA, who governs complaints for over 20 whistleblower statutes, reports a 58% increase in whistleblower...more

New York AG Schneiderman Settles with Auto Dealers Over Alleged Deceptive Auto Advertising

On July 14, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced two settlements with auto dealers over allegedly deceptive advertising practices. The first settlement was reached with a White Plains-based auto dealer that...more

Supreme Court Slams The Brakes On Challenge To Disparate Act

As of now, the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA) prohibits dealers from unintentional, or “disparate impact,” discrimination in setting dealer reserves in auto financing. This disparate impact can result from policies or...more

Add-On Products Continue To Present Litigation Risks For Lenders

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s recent action against two credit card vendors regarding credit monitoring and identity theft protection services is a reminder of the legal risks associated with certain add-on...more

Regulators Keep Their Feet on the Gas in Actions Against Auto Lenders; NY AG Latest to Bring Suit

Why it matters - The automotive industry is continuing to face heavy scrutiny from regulators. On the heels of a Federal Trade Commission operation and new oversight from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the...more

CFPB Brings First ECOA Disparate Impact Action Post-Inclusive Communities

Just over 18 months after bringing a disparate impact-based ECOA case against Ally Financial (“Ally”) for discriminatory auto loan pricing, the CFPB has struck again—this time taking action against American Honda Finance...more

Maryland High Court: Mandatory Arbitration Hinges on “Entire Agreement,” Not “Single-Document Rule”

A mandatory arbitration provision is enforceable even when not contained within the four corners of a retail installment sales contract between a consumer and an automobile dealer, Maryland's highest court has ruled....more

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