March 4, 2014



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IN THIS ISSUE

a DEALER NEWS & INFORMATION

Charity Preview Party

2014 Innovative Dealer Summit

Automotive News Best Practices

Auto Industry News at a Glance

 

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

Participation in 2014 Dealership Workforce Study Open Through April 30th

 

REGULATORY & LEGAL UPDATES

Updated Colorado Unemployment Form Raises Questions

Reminder: Uniform Consumer Credit Code (UCCC) - Annual Filing

 

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

CADA Bill Tracker

Federal –NADA Legislative Priority Issues Update

 

UPCOMING SEMINARS

KPA Weekly Webinar: Hazardous Waste 101

Upcoming Seminars


CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Charity Preview Party

2014 Innovative Dealer Summit

Upcoming Events


DEALER MILESTONES,
HIGHLIGHTS & TRANSITIONS

Car Biz Interviews Featuring Todd Maul and Gebhardt BMW

Kuni Lexus Showroom is an Architectural Landmark

Let Us Know About Your Accomplishments!

 

THE AFTERFACT

All the News That's Fit to Email!


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CADA Open Road is now beginning its eighth year of service, providing uninterrupted weekly news and information for Colorado automotive professionals to better compete in our industry, since first issue, January 3, 2007.


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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.


PARTICIPATION IN 2014 DEALERSHIP WORKFORCE STUDY OPEN THROUGH APRIL 30TH


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COLORADO UNEMPLOYMENT FORM RAISES QUESTIONS
by Nick Haynes, 02/17/2014, Mountain States Employers Council

Recently, the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) updated the form it sends to employers when a former employee files for unemployment benefits, titled Requests for Facts about a Former Employee’s Employment or UIB-290. We have received several questions from our members about it.

The CDLE changed the back of the form to simplify the employer’s response in an effort to improve the accuracy and timeliness of the initial unemployment determination made at the deputy level. The CDLE has also provided an online option for employers to respond to unemployment claims. Click here for more information.

The form includes check boxes for employers to identify the reason for the separation. These boxes can be linked to provisions of the Colorado Employment Security Act calling for either awards or denials of benefits. Employers should be aware that simply checking the applicable box is not sufficient to contest benefits. For example, an employer checking the box under section 18 that states the employee was terminated because of “Inadequate Job Skills” may intend to show that the employee was terminated for poor performance after multiple warnings, but might imply that the employee deserves an award of benefits due to not having the physical or mental capability to perform the job.

We recommend that employers explain the circumstances that led to the employee’s separation. The form, however, lacks adequate space for this. We suggest attaching any supporting documentation and a cover letter briefly explaining the circumstances that led to separation and the applicability of the supporting documents. For example: “Sally Sleepsalot was terminated for excessive tardiness. She was late to work 10 times in three months. Sally said she had car trouble, slept late, and was taking care of personal affairs as excuses for her tardiness. These were all circumstances under her control. Attached at page 1 is her attendance record, page 2 is her schedule, page 3 contains her written excuses for each tardiness.”

Employers should provide a complete response to increase the chances of receiving a disqualification at the deputy level. Winning at this level may prevent an unnecessary appeal hearing.

Visit www.MSEC.org for further information.  Reminder:  CADA members have access to basic-level support from employment attorneys on staff at MSEC.  Additionally, you can obtain an id/password to access MSEC's web site by contacting the council directly and identifying yourself as a CADA member. There is a wealth of information and resources available covering labor and employment law.

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REMINDER: UNIFORM CONSUMER CREDIT CODE (UCCC) - ANNUAL FILING
* * LATE FEES BEGIN TO ACCRUE AS OF MARCH 1ST * *
Re-run from last week

Most all dealers in Colorado need to make this annual filing with the Attorney General’s office (few exceptions include dealerships that do not assign any retail paper (installment contracts), do not arrange financing, or do not make any consumer credit transactions).

The annual notice fee for 2014 has increased to $150.00
(was $100 for the last few years). LATE FEES: the annual fee is due each year by January 31st (with a 30-day grace period; late fees of $5.00 per day start to accrue on March 1st).

CLICK HERE to review the UCCC memo regarding this annual filing (includes the form)
NOTE:  The memo notes that the fee can be paid online by credit card or electronic check at the following:
https://www.colorado.gov/payment/law/debtmanagement 

About the UCCC: The Colorado Uniform Consumer Credit Code (UCCC) is a state law that regulates the terms and conditions of consumer credit in the State of Colorado. It sets maximum rates and charges for some fees, requires disclosure of the cost of credit so consumers may shop for the best rates, and provides remedies for consumers on default.

Dealerships, as retail merchants that regularly extend consumer credit and "arrange financing" (even if all paper is ultimately assigned to a lender), are included in the UCCC requirement to annually file with the state. The UCCC is enforced by an Administrator within the Attorney General’s office.

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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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CADA BILL TRACKER

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FEDERAL - NADA LEGISLATIVE PRIORITY ISSUES UPDATE

NADA’s legislative office is working on behalf of dealers on a number of legislative fronts. A few highlights are listed here; for a broader review of NADA’s current priority issues, please click here.

Auto Financing – Our current top legislative priority remains oversight of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and their continued attempt to curtail indirect auto financing. Nearly a year after the CFPB issued its auto finance guidance, Congress still does not have answers to fundamental questions regarding the CFPB’s position. NADA is communicating to legislators the importance of preserving “meet or beat” financing, and has produced a new infographic that provides a simple visual of the benefits of dealer assisted financing and the threat posed to the availability and affordability of auto credit.

Additionally, the House is expected next week to consider legislation (H.R. 3193) to reform the CFPB, including requiring Congressional approval of the Bureau’s budget. NADA supports this legislation to rein in the CFPB’s overreach. While it is unlikely the bill will be signed into law this Congress, it is important to use this opportunity to urge both Democrats and Republicans to seek greater transparency by the CFPB on auto financing issues.

For more on NADA’s efforts regarding the CFPB, including a list of Congressional letters sent to the CFPB, please visit http://www.nada.org/cfpb.

Visiting with Members of Congress During Congressional Recesses - NADA urges dealers to meet with Senators and Representatives and invite them to visit their dealerships to discuss ongoing concerns with the CFPB and other federal issues impacting dealers. There are two upcoming Congressional recesses for both the House and Senate, March 17-21 and April 14-25.

Please contact Patrick Calpin, NADA Director of Grassroots Advocacy at pcalpin@nada.org or visit http://www.nada.org/grassroots if you plan to host a Member of Congress at your dealership or would like assistance in setting up a visit.

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

Thursday
, March 6th
10:00-11:00am (MST)

Hazardous Waste 101

Regulation Clarification and De-Mystification
Hannah Crawford, former regulator for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, will be discussing hazardous waste operations relative to your facility. Learn:

  • How to determine if a waste is hazardous
  • How to correctly contain and dispose of waste
  • What paperwork you must maintain for all wastes

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

KPA Weekly Webinar

Hazardous Waste 101



Thursday, February 27th  

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



Event Description
Date/Time
Location

Charity Preview Party

Tuesday, April 8 and

7pm - 10pm

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

CLICK HERE for registration and information!


Innovative Dealer Summit

Now accepting calls for presentations!

Tuesday, April 8 and Wenesday., April 9th

Sports Authority Field

CLICK HERE for registration and information!



CAR BIZ INTERVIEWS FEATURING TODD MAUL AND GEBHARDT BMW


Tuesday, Feb. 18 - interview with Todd Maul, Managing Partner for the John Elway dealerships, regarding facility upgrades.


Monday, Feb. 17 – Car Biz names Gebhardt BMW in Boulder the Dealer of the Day (queue in at 5:05).

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KUNI LEXUS SHOWROOM IS AN ARCHITECTURAL LANDMARK

Rarely does one think of an automobile dealer’s showroom as an architectural landmark, but southeast Denver’s Greenwood Village now boasts a proud new resident whose facility is a show-stopping jewel. Kuni Lexus, formerly located on south Broadway amidst a row of high-end auto dealers, opened their new Lexus gallery and customer service department in May 2013, ending more than twenty years of growth and success in Littleton.

CLICK HERE to continue reading.

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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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