December 31, 2012

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a DEALER NEWS & INFORMATION

Auto Industry News at a Glance

 

REGULATORY & LEGAL UPDATES

Viewpoint: The driving power behind auto regulations

 

UPCOMING SEMINARS

Employer Compliance with Health Care Reform

KPA Weekly Webinar

Upcoming Seminars


CALENDAR OF EVENTS

NADA Convention & Expo 2013

Annual UT, CO & NM Dealer Breakfast

Upcoming Events


DEALER MILESTONES,
HIGHLIGHTS & TRANSITIONS

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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.




VIEWPOINT: THE DRIVING POWER BEHIND AUTO REGULATIONS
The Michigan Daily

President Barack Obama has always been a man of lofty ideas and goals, and most of the country sees this as a good quality in a president. But there are negative consequences of having an idealist in office, one of which became quite apparent during the slow decline of the auto industry. The recent bankruptcy of General Motors combined with the tougher nationwide fuel standards passed by the Obama administration on May 19 prove the problematic nature of government intervention in the auto industry.

The new standards propose a 35.5 miles per gallon average fuel economy for cars by 2016. There are both environmental and foreign policy reasons for the change. The environmental implications are obvious — new cars use less fuel and thus release fewer gasses into the air. America’s dependence on foreign oil is also a problem that must be addressed, and this policy would seem to be a move to solve that problem. In a vacuum, these results would be positive, but one must not forget the elephant in the room (and I don't mean the Republicans, for the right wing is a non-factor in Washington politics these days). The auto industry is already having trouble staying afloat — and new regulations certainly won't help.

One disturbing characteristic of the regulations is the forces behind them. The organizations pushing for these standards are environmental groups that have little stake in car companies’ well-being. The Big Three only agreed because they need the support of the Obama administration to survive. But while Obama is pushing his environmental agenda, he is leaving the auto industry behind. GM and Ford are not equipped for this change, and further stress on the auto industry isn’t what our car companies need right now.

More important than specific mileage regulations are the cold hard facts about Obama’s influence on the auto industry. The steps taken by the government to keep GM alive clearly did nothing but stall the inevitable and may have in fact made the problems worse. Recently, more than 1,100 GM dealerships and over 700 Chrysler dealerships were notified that they would be shut down. The North American Dealers Association estimates more than 40,000 jobs will be lost by this move.

The fact is that Michigan — and America — can't handle more regulation of the auto industry. While the auto industry struggles to survive, it’s unreasonable for the Obama administration to put further regulations on the auto industry to protect the environment — regulations which will take time and money to meet. GM, Ford and Chrysler don’t have time or money.

While most would agree that we have a responsibility to preserve the planet, we have to do so in a way that is mindful of our current economic needs. To put it simply: Which is more important, 40,000 trees or 40,000 people? If there is any debate, then maybe it’s time to leave the idealistic ivory towers of the Obama administration and go to the recently closed Century Dodge Inc. in Taylor, Michigan to see if employees there agree.
Asa Smith is an LSA sophomore.

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

Tammi McCoy, VP, tammi.mccoy@coloradodealers.org, 303.282.1449

Tim Jackson, President, tim.jackson@coloradodealers.org, 303.282.1448

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

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EMPLOYER COMPLIANCE WITH HEALTH CARE REFORM 

Susan Relland, Vice President of Law and Government Affairs
American Fidelity Assurance Co., is a nationally recognized expert and speaker on Health Care Reform

Seminars in multiple locations throughout Colorado. REGISTER HERE!

Presentation Summary:
The purpose of this presentation is to provide a road map for Health Care Reform. Attendees will gain a high level familiarity with key provisions that affect plan sponsors. This presentation will review the phased implementation of Health Care Reform and review key issues that employers need to consider when developing their action plan while considering long-term options for their benefit program.

By the end of the presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Identify new administrative requirements and a timeline each takes effect
  • Understand plan sponsorship issues employers face in 2014.
  • Formulate a plan for next steps and long-term options for benefit program.
  • Ensure employer-based health plans are compliant with federal law.

About the presenter:
Susan is a nationally recognized expert and speaker on Health Care Reform. Prior to joining American Fidelity in 2010, Susan was of counsel with the law firm of Miller & Chevalier, Chartered, in Washington, DC, where she advised companies on health policy and compliance issues. Susan specialized in the design, implementation, and administration of health and welfare benefit plans, and was active in the recent Congressional Health Care Reform debate. She's also done extensive writing and public speaking on the various laws impacting group health plans.

Before joining Miller & Chevalier, Susan was with Ernst & Young's Human Capital practice and served as the Health Policy Legal Counsel for the American Benefits Council. She is a graduate of the University of North Texas and Tulane Law School, and is a member of the Texas and District of Columbia bars.

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

Every Thursday
 
10:00-11:00am (MST)

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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:

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Event Description
Date/Time
Location

Employer Compliance with Health Care Reform

Loveland

Wednesday, Jan. 23
7:30am-10:00am
Breakfast included

Embassy Suites Loveland
4705 Clydesdale Parkway
Loveland, 80538

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Employer Compliance with Health Care Reform

Denver

Wednesday, Jan. 23 12:00pm-2:30pm
Lunch included


William D. Barrow Building
CADA Headquarters, Media Center
290 East Speer Blvd
Denver, 80203

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Employer Compliance with Health Care Reform

Pueblo

Wednesday, Jan. 23
5:45pm-8:15pm
Dinner included


Pueblo Marriott
110 West 1st Street
Pueblo, CO 81003

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Employer Compliance with Health Care Reform

Colorado Springs

Thursday, Jan 24
8:00am-10:30am
Breakfast included

Antlers Hilton - Learning Center
4 South Cascade Avenue
Colo. Springs, 80903
Please RSVP to Ann Winslow at CSADA 719.473.1465

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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.

If you have a particular area of interest or would like to suggest a training seminar topic, please contact Marsha Temple at 303.457.5123 or marsha.temple@coloradodealers.org


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aThe NADA Convention & Expo is the automotive industry event of the year and the world's largest international gathering place for franchised new-vehicle dealers. The convention offers dealers a rare chance to meet face-to-face with executives of major auto manufacturers and features hundreds of exhibitors showcasing the latest equipment, aservices and technologies and dozens of workshops with the industry's best trainers. The 2013 NADA Convention & Expo will take place Friday, Feb. 8 through Monday, Feb. 11, 2013 in the West Concourse of the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.



Event Description
Date/Time
Location

NADA Convention & Expo 2013



Friday, Feb. 8th - Monday, Feb. 11th
2013

 

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Annual UT, CO & NM Dealer Breakfast

NADA Convention & Expo 2013



Sunday, February 10th,
2013

7:15am - 8:45am

 

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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.



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