MAY 14, 2008


IN THIS ISSUE

Special End-of-Legislative Session Issue

  DEALER NEWS & INFORMATION

Review of Legislative Session Wrap-Up

Automotive News at a Glance


  LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

Under the Gold Dome


  REGULATORY & LEGAL UPDATES

The Lawsuit Du Jour

 

  UPCOMING SEMINARS

New Red Flags Rules &

Privacy/Safeguards Re-cap


CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Upcoming Events


DEALER MILESTONES,
HIGHLIGHTS & TRANSITIONS

Share YOUR Accomplishments



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REVIEW OF 2008 LEGISLATIVE SESSION

The 2008 Colorado Legislature ended its session last week. Listed here is a sample of media coverage concerning bills passed, issues addressed, and outstanding business held over for next year.

Fixing transportation infrastructure - Boulder Daily Camera, May 6

Ritter stops short of endorsing budget fix - The Denver Post, May 6

No leadership on highway funding - The Denver Post, May 5

Ritter claims session a success for business - Denver Business Journal, May 6

Legislature fell short this year - The Denver Post, May 6

Jabs begin as legislature ends - Rocky Mountain News, May 6

Playing tag with tuition - Rocky Mountain News, May 6

Boasts, barbs end session -The Denver Post, May 7

Ritter hails accomplishments - Colorado Springs Gazette, May 6

Lawmakers finish session a day early - KUSA 9News, May 6

GOP stalled transportation efforts - Examiner.com Denver, May 7

Focus shifts from legislature to capitol - The Denver Post, May 7

Legislature ends early - CW2 – Denver, May 7

Profiles in courage – not - Rocky Mountain News, May 10

Businesses take home legislative victories - Colorado Springs Gazette, May 9

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AUTOMOTIVE 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.

  • Auto Industry Focuses on States
    The Wall Street Journal, May 5
    A state-by-state battle by auto makers and dealers to dissuade lawmakers from following California's move to regulate greenhouse-gas emissions is beginning to bear fruit.
  • Unions Forge Secret Pacts With Major Employers
    The Wall Street Journal, May 10
    Two of the nation's largest labor unions have struck confidential agreements with large employers that give the companies the right to designate which of their locations, and how many workers, the unions can seek to organize.
  • GM successfully casts green tint with release of full-size Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid SUV
    The Detroit News, May 9
    Big Oil killed the SUV.

    Not alone, of course; crazy-high gas prices are just playing with the band of conspirators. The real Brutus in this murder mystery is the consumer. The consumer turned his back on big brawny trucks and sport utility vehicles faster than a bleeding Caesar could blurt out "Et tu?"

CADA forwards news articles and opinion columns of interest
through the Open Road to inform members of current events.
These in no way reflect the views, opinions, and/or positions
of CADA or its member dealers. They are sent for
informational and educational purposes only.


UNDER THE GOLD DOME

Your CADA lobbyist, Nancy Burke, provides weekly updates on legislative issues relevant to the automotive industry. The Legislative Policy Committee met Tuesday May 13 to discuss the strategy that dealers will take to fight some of the current legislative initiatives. 

CLICK HERE for an overview of
the legislative session of 2008.

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THE LAWSUIT DU JOUR
By John Donovan, Fisher & Phillips LLP

This might have already happened at your dealership: your payroll clerk is exasperated because the sales people are not punching their time cards. She knows that under federal law, the dealership is obligated to pay sales people their commissions or minimum wage for all hours worked, whichever is higher. But if they have low commissions and they don’t punch in and out each day, she has no way to accurately calculate their hours or their pay.  

She asks the General Manager what to do. Caught on a busy day with a hundred other things on his mind, the GM comes up with a reasonable solution. At the next sales meeting, he will tell the sales people that they must punch in and out every day or they won’t be paid for the day. Then, he instructs her, if they don’t punch, just don’t pay them,

The payroll clerk follows the GM’s instructions. If a sales person fails to punch in and out, she treats it as if he were not there that day. If a sales person punches in but not out or vice versa, she also treats it as if he were not there because there is no way for her to determine the hours he actually worked.

Weeks pass with no complaints. Problem solved. Then the federal lawsuit arrives.

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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.



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

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

New Red Flags Rules and Privacy/Safeguards Re-cap presented by Rob Cohen, Auto Advisory Services
Grand Junction

Monday,
Aug. 11
Times to be determined
lunch Included

Double Tree Hotel
743 Horizon Drive,
Grand Junction, CO 81506
970.241.8888

New Red Flags Rules and Privacy/Safeguards Re-cap presented by Rob Cohen, Auto Advisory Services
Denver

Tuesday,
Aug. 12
Times to be determined
breakfast Included

William D. Barrow Building,
CADA Offices
290 East Speer Blvd., Denver

New Red Flags Rules and Privacy/Safeguards Re-cap presented by Rob Cohen, Auto Advisory Services
Colorado Springs

Tuesday,
Aug. 12
Times to be determined
lunch Included

Antlers Hilton Hotel,
4 South Cascade Ave.,
Colorado Springs, 80903 719.955.5600
*Colorado Springs dealers should register with CSADA, Ann Winslow, 719.473.1465

 


Event Description
Date/Time
Location
CADA Workers Compensation Program
- Quarterly Safety Committee Meeting

June 18

More details coming soon!

William D. Barrow Building,
CADA Offices
290 East Speer Blvd., Denver
CLICK HERE for more information on the CADA workers' compensation program.
ATAE (Automotive Trade Association Executives) Service Directors Meetings July 20-23 St. Julien Hotel, Boulder, CO
CLICK HERE for a registration form. Contact Tammi McCoy for more information or if you are interested in sponsorship information.
Colorado Dealer Management & Leadership Summit

Wednesday,
Aug. 13
8 a.m. to
7:30 p.m.

Marriott Denver South at Park Meadows
CADA Annual Member Golf Event Monday,
Sept. 8
Columbine Country Club
17 Fairway Lane
Columbine Valley, 80123



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