FEBRUARY 28, 2012

IN THIS ISSUE

a DEALER NEWS & INFORMATION

Auto Industry News at a Glance

 

REGULATORY & LEGAL UPDATES

Dealer Alert — Federal Appeals Court Sides with Union in Florida Dealership Labor Case

Sales/Use Tax Class in Glenwood Springs - THIS WEEK!

KPA Compliance Tip of the Month

 

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

CADA Bill Tracker

 

UPCOMING SEMINARS
Sales/Use Tax Class in Glenwood Springs - THIS WEEK!

Innovative Dealer Summit
KPA Weekly Webinar

Upcoming Seminars


DENVER AUTO SHOW

We Deliver Business


CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Upcoming Events

Charity Preview Party

Denver Auto Show


DEALER MILESTONES,
HIGHLIGHTS & TRANSITIONS

Share Your Accomplishmens

 

THE AFTERFACT

All the News That's Fit to Email!


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 AUTO INDUSTRY NEWS AT A GLANCE

Listed here are several articles pertaining to the
auto industry in general that appeared recently in newspapers and other media outlets across the nation.



…more news articles are included at the end of this issue.




DEALER ALERT — FEDERAL APPEALS COURT SIDES WITH UNION IN FLORIDA DEALERSHIP LABOR CASE
By Jerry Coker, Ford & Harrison LLP

The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta has found that an appropriate bargaining unit at a dealership can be limited to service technicians only.  In NLRB v. Contemporary Cars, Inc., decided on January 27, 2012, the Court sided with the NLRB and the Machinists Union and rejected the dealership’s claim that a different unit was appropriate.  The Eleventh Circuit Court has jurisdiction over Alabama, Georgia and Florida.
. . .

This development comes less than three months before the controversial NLRB election rule changes are scheduled to take effect on April 30.*  These changes are expected to shorten the critical time from a union’s filing of a petition to the holding of an election from typically about six weeks to what could be as little as two to three weeks.

Dealers are urged to treat all of this as a fresh reminder of the importance of maintaining positive employee relations with all employees, and technicians in particular.  Dealers should make sure that all managers are treating employees with dignity and respect; there are effective complaint-resolution processes in place; communication channels are wide open and functioning well; managers are working with technicians to maximize their productivity and income; a safe and healthy work environment is being maintained; your compensation and benefits package is competitive; company rules, policies and work requirements are being evenly enforced; you are involving employees when significant changes are being considered; technicians are being recognized – both individually and as a group – for their contributions to the company’s success; and all managers have been educated on the key role they play in keeping the dealership union-free.  The prudent dealer will be proactive in evaluating employee relations now, while there is still time to make any adjustments that will facilitate improvement.

CLICK HERE for the full article. 

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SALES/USE TAX CLASS IN GLENWOOD SPRINGS - THIS WEEK!

The Colorado Department of Revenue offers a three-hour business tax class regarding the laws surrounding state sales and use taxes applicable to businesses conducting sales in Colorado. Topics covered in this class include:

-          state sales tax license requirements
-          sales tax rate application
-          nexus
-          tax-exempt sales transactions
-          use tax liabilities
-          the department’s online services and much more.

Glenwood Springs:    Friday, March 2, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Pre-registration is required due to limited seating. To register, for more information and a complete list of classes, visit http://www.revenue.state.co.us/TaxClass/Default.aspx. Click on the tab “Main Class Schedule.”
                     
Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits and materials will be available.
Office of Public Information and Education, CO Department of Revenue, Taxpayer Service Division,Taxation Web Site: www.TaxColorado.com

CLICK HERE for the main class schedule, with class offerings in other locations. 

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KPA COMPLIANCE TIP OF THE MONTH

The KPA Compliance Tip of the Month for EH&S or HR can be found at
:
http://blog.kpaonline.com/category/tipofthemonth/

February Tip: Recycle Your Airbags and Pre-tensioners



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If you have questions on any legal or regulatory topic, please contact:

DISCLAIMER: CADA is not authorized to dispense legal advice.The information contained in this weekly email is intended to provide important updates and reminders regarding statutes, litigation, and regulations. CADA always advises that dealers should consult legal counsel on the specifics of any laws or regulations to ensure proper compliance



CADA BILL TRACKER

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INNOVATIVE DEALER SUMMITa

The Innovative Dealer Summit - the definitive management education forum for dealer principals and senior dealer managers, addresses the most pressing sales, profitability, technology, best practices, social media and other emerging issues in dealership operations - will take place on Wednesday, March 21, followed by the Denver Auto Show Charity Preview Party from 4pm to 8pm and Thursday, March 22.

The Innovative Dealer Summit is popular among dealer and industry meetings in that all participant and break-out sessions are conducted during 1-1/2 days and overlays the annual Denver Auto Show.

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!
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Want to EXHIBIT at the Summit?
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Interested in being a SPONSOR?
CLICK HERE for more information on sponsorship opportunities. CLICK HERE for a sponsorship form

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KPA WEEKLY WEBINAR: 
Covers an Environment & Safety or an HR topic each week

Every Thursday
 
10:00-11:00am (MST)

CLICK HERE
for upcoming topics and to register!

Previously recorded webinars are also available at the above link.

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aTO REGISTER ONLINE FOR ANY CADA
SEMINAR OR EVENT, PLEASE VISIT:

www.coloradodealers.org/registration
Event Description
Date/Time
Location

Sales/Use Tax Class in Glenwood Springs –

This Week!

March 2, 2012

10:00am - 1:00pm

Pre-Register HERE!

KPA Weekly Webinar

Covers an Environment & Safety or an HR topic each week


Every Thursday  

10:00-11:00am (MST)


CLICK HERE for upcoming topics and to register!

Previously recorded webinars are also available at the above link.

Innovative Dealer Summit


March 21-22, 2012

REGISTER NOW!

EXHIBITOR FORM

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

If you have a particular area of interest or would like to suggest a training seminar topic, please contact Lauren Stadler at 303.457.5123 or lauren.stadler@coloradodealers.org


CHARITY PREVIEW PARTY

WHO: Fans of new innovative cars, Colorado auto dealers, policy-makers and the media

WHAT: The Charity Preview Party is the exclusive, Premier Event of the Denver Auto Show, benefiting the Clear the Air Foundation and The Denver Post Community Foundation

WHEN: 4pm – 8pm: Wednesday, March 21, 2012 – Charity Preview Party
4pm-6pm: Exclusive Preview of the Denver Auto Show
6pm: Ribbon Cutting, Official Opening of the 2012 Denver Auto Show
6pm-8pm: Charity Preview Party at the Denver Auto Show

WHERE: Denver Auto Show – Colorado Convention Center 700 14th Street, Denver, Colorado 80202

WHY:
Experience this exciting event with friends and peers while supporting the Clear the Air Foundation and The Denver Post Community Foundation

RSVP
: Tickets can be purchased for $95 per person. Please purchase tickets at www.CharityPreviewParty.com Dress is business or cocktail attire


DENVER AUTO SHOW

Wednesday, March 21, 6-10PM
Thursday, March 22, 5-10PM
Friday, March 23, 12-10PM
Saturday, March 24, 10AM-10PM
Sunday, March 25, 10AM-6PM

Box Office closes 1 hour prior to the end of the Show each day.

www.denverautoshow.com


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Event Description
Date/Time
Location

Charity Preview Party

March 21, 2012

4:00pm - 8:00pm


Colorado Convention Center

RSVP!

Denver Auto Show

March 21-25th, 2012


Colorado Convention Center




LET US KNOW ABOUT YOUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS!

Have you or anyone else at your dealership won an award recently? Have you or your dealership provided any outstanding community service? We want to recognize such accomplishments. Please send us a brief write-up of the award or event along with any other information to milestones@coloradodealers.org. Also include your contact information for further follow-up.


THE AFTERFACT

  • Aston Martin Vantage upgraded for 2012
    Auto Week, February 22
    Aston Martin's Vantage receives upgrades for 2012, with the base Vantage V8 getting the most attention.
  • Fact Checking The Auto Bailout
    Forbes, February 22
    Did President Obama almost single-handedly facilitate the saving of General Motors and Chrysler, not to mention Detroit and the economy at large by intervening with what’s come to be known as the auto bailout?
  • Auto bailout back to haunt Romney or help him
    The Detroit News, February 20
    As Congress and the White House scrambled in the fall of 2008 to confront the most severe economic crisis since the Great Depression, Mitt Romney felt compelled to say what many in his native Michigan would consider heresy: Do not bail out the troubled U.S. automakers.
  • New-car smell less toxic but not safe, Ecology Center says
    Auto Week, February 21
    The Ecology Center released its fourth consumer guide to toxic chemicals last week, and the news is better. The amount of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in new cars has decreased, but we still have a ways to go.
  • Peugeot in alliance talks with GM
    The Detroit News, February 22
    General Motors Co. and France's PSA Peugeot Citroën are in talks to combine some activities to cut their costs in Europe, where both automakers are losing money.
  • Two key battery car start-ups race to prove critics wrong
    MSNBC, February 22
    A new lawsuit targeting California car- and battery-maker Fisker Automotive is the latest potential setback for the once-promising company, one of several high-tech start-ups to receive millions of dollars in assistance under a Department of Energy loan program meant to promote the development of high-mileage technologies.
  • Ford looks to Audi and Lexus for lessons on making luxury distinctive
    Detroit Free Press, February 20
    For any luxury car brand, one indicator of success is whether customers know the mainstream brand to which it is related. It's better if they don't.
  • For car buyers, it's harder to end up with a lemon
    Detroit Free Press, February 20
    In the past five years, global competition has forced automakers to improve the quality and reliability of their vehicles — everything from inexpensive mini-cars to decked-out luxury SUVs.

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