SEPTEMBER 17, 2008


IN THIS ISSUE

DEALER NEWS & INFORMATION

Automotive News at a Glance

2009 NADA Convention Accommodations

 

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

Employers Beware! Four Anti-Business Initiatives are on the Colorado Ballot

 

REGULATORY & LEGAL UPDATES

EEOC Employment Poster

Guest Legal Column: Overview of Dealership Litigation and Legal Trends Across the States

 

UPCOMING SEMINARS

TOMORROW! Wage & Hour / Fair Labor Standards Act Half-day Workshop

TOMORROW! Safety Compliance Seminar

Chip Thomas Sail to Success Seminar

Lifeline to Profits Seminar


CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Upcoming Events
Fall 2008 Regional Member Briefings

National Association of Dealer Counsel - Fall Workshop

Dealer Day at SEMA


DEALER MILESTONES,
HIGHLIGHTS & TRANSITIONS

Share Your Accomplishments

 

DEALER / ALLIED MEMBER HIGHLIGHTS

TrackWorld - A Dealerrack Customer Event


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& Legal Articles
from the Open
Road e-newsletter.

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Outlook
archives.

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Outlook
archives.


ONLINE REGISTRATION

CLICK HERE to register online
for various CADA seminars & events.


MEMBERSHIP RESOURCES

CLICK HERE for details on the
Speaker and Educational
Resources
.

CLICK HERE for a list of current
Endorsed Vendors/Programs
.

CLICK HERE for a list of current
Allied Members
.

CLICK HERE for an order form for
CADA forms
.

CLICK HERE for information on all member services.



www.nada.org

CLICK HERE for NADA
Regulatory Affairs information
.


STATE GOVERNMENT RESOURCES

CLICK HERE for the Auto Industry
Division
of the Colorado Dept.
of Revenue.

CLICK HERE for the Title and
Registration section
of the
Colorado Dept. of Revenue,
Motor Vehicles Division.

CLICK HERE for the Colorado
Department of Labor &
Employment
website.




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Please join us at any of the eleven meetings scheduled across Colorado.

Join colleagues and peers and hear about issues important to you,
your dealership, and your operations.
Learn what is happening in Colorado’s legislative and regulatory arena and
what CADA is doing to proactively address problems that affect
dealer survivability and profitability.

Please see the schedule below to determine the best meeting time, date, and location for you and your key staff.


CLICK HERE to register!
To register by phone, please call Lauren Stadler at 303.457.5123.
Questions? Call or email Tim Jackson at 303.282.1448 or tim.jackson@coloradodealers.org.

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.

  • GM chief faces skepticism on auto loan
    The Detroit News, September 13
    General Motors Corp.'s top executive was on Capitol Hill Friday urging Congress to back $25 billion in low-cost government loans to help the auto industry build more fuel-efficient vehicles, but he faced skepticism from some legislators and the White House.
  • Used-Car donations take a hit
    The Wall Street Journal, September 10
    I can give you an early glimpse at how business interests will combat four labor-backed November ballot measures. In political ads, debates and talking-points memos, they will be portrayed as "poison pill amendments."

  • Big Three must sell U.S. on small cars
    The Detroit News, September 9
    Americans love their $5 lattes, giant flat screen televisions and suburban manses. But is a society enraptured by $199, gizmo-packed cell phones ready to embrace a pint-sized Chevrolet Cruze with a $25,000 price tag, or a $20,000 Ford Fiesta engineered in Europe with some Continental flair?

  • Concern Grows As Car Sales Fall Globally
    The Wall Street Journal, September 11
    A worsening slump in auto sales in Europe and signs of a possible slowdown in China are fueling worries about a global auto industry already battered by trouble in the U.S.

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2009 NADA CONVENTION ACCOMMODATIONS

As you begin receiving your registration materials for the 2009 NADA Convention in New Orleans, we would like to encourage you to consider a few of the properties the CADA events management team scouted on a recent trip to New Orleans.

We would like to recommend to all Colorado dealers the Marriott New Orleans at the Convention Center.  Firstly, you will experience a legendary riverfront, boutique-style hotel located in the Warehouse & Arts District, directly across the street from the Convention Center and within walking distance of the French Quarter.  Secondly, the annual CADA Breakfast will be hosted there on Sunday, January 25th.  The hotel is clean, comfortable and the staff is friendly and efficient.  To learn more about this fantastic property visit http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/msymc-new-orleans-marriott-at-the-convention-center/

As a second choice, the CADA events management team recommends the Westin New Orleans Canal Place. Located along the Mississippi River and adjacent to the French Quarter an eight minute walk to the convention center, the Westin makes a wonderful second choice. To learn more about the Westin please visit http://www.starwoodhotels.com/westin/property/overview/index.html?propertyID=1763


EMPLOYERS BEWARE! FOUR ANTI-BUSINESS INITIATIVES ARE ON THE COLORADO BALLOT. YOUR BUSINESS IS THREATENED!! WHAT CAN YOU DO?

Attend a free briefing session to learn what you can do about the ballot initiatives that threaten Colorado's economy.
 
We hope we have your attention!! This year's election is critical to Colorado employers. Our state faces four anti-business, union-sponsored ballot initiatives that will create unprecedented negative changes in the laws governing the Colorado workplace:

  • Just cause for suspension or discharge of employees 
  • Additional employee lawsuits for workplace injuries
  • Mandatory healthcare coverage paid for by employers
  • Criminal liability for executive officials

Employers must take immediate action because absentee ballots go out in early October and votes will be cast soon. The Council is offering a free briefing session to support employers who oppose these initiatives. This session will:

  • Educate employers on the content of the initiatives and applicable election law. 
  • Help employers effectively communicate the reality of these initiatives with their employees.

Where and When: MSEC's Denver office on Monday, September 15 and at MSEC's Colorado Springs office on Tuesday, September 23. A session will be scheduled in Northern Colorado soon. The sessions will run from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon. Seating for these seminars will be limited so register today to reserve your place. 

Who Should Attend: Company executives and managers, business owners, HR professionals and others interested in opposing these initiatives. 

How to Register:
Call:
  303.894.6732 or  800.884.1328

E-mail:
registration@msec.org

CLICK HERE to read more about these initiatives at MSEC’s web site.

Additional web sites with more information on these anti-business initiatives:

http://www.nopoisonpills.com

http://www.defendoureconomy.org



EEOC EMPLOYMENT POSTER

EEOC has an updated EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY IS THE LAW poster.
(Thanks to Merrily S. Archer of Fisher & Phillips LLP for forwarding)

Copies of this poster can be ordered online free of charge:
EEOC Publications order form

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GUEST LEGAL COLUMN: OVERVIEW OF DEALERSHIP LITIGATION AND LEGAL TRENDS ACROSS THE STATES

The CARLAWYER©
By Thomas B. Hudson and Emily Marlow Beck

The courts, the plaintiffs’ lawyers and the Attorneys General never stop, even for summer vacation.  Here’s the latest.

In this feature, we bring you federal and significant state legislative highlights, and a recap of some of the litigation we track every month.  Note that what we report here is not every recent development, but just ones that we think are of particular interest to car dealers.

We include items from other states for two reasons.  First, we want you to be able to see trends, and second, another state’s laws might be a lot like your own state’s laws – if laws are being enacted there, or AGs are pursuing particular types of claims, those laws and claims might be coming soon to your neck of the woods. As always, though, you need to check with your own lawyer before you rely on anything we report or if you have any questions.

CLICK HERE to read the full article.

Tom and Emily are partners in the law firm of Hudson Cook, LLC.  Tom (tbhudson@hudco.com) is the author of a book, CARLAW®, and, with Emily (ebeck@hudco.com), is the Editor/author of the CARLAW® F&I Legal Desk Book.  The books are available at www.counselorlibrary.com.   Tom is also the publisher of Spot Delivery®, a monthly legal newsletter for auto dealers, and the Editor in Chief of CARLAW®, a monthly report of legal developments in all states for the auto finance and leasing industry (not to be confused with the book).  Spot Delivery, CARLAW and the books are produced by CounselorLibrary.com LLC.  For information, call 410-865-5411 or visit www.counselorlibrary.com.  Copyright CounselorLibrary.com 2008, all rights reserved.  Single publication rights only, to the Association. HC# 4833-0990-8226  (8/08).

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If you have questions on any legal or regulatory topic, please contact:
Tammi McCoy, Vice President, 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.



WAGE & HOUR / FAIR LABOR STANDARDS ACT HALF-DAY WORKSHOP

Wage & Hour / Fair Labor Standards Act
Half-day workshop
TOMORROW!
Thursday, September 18, 2008
8:00 a.m. to 12 Noon
Class action wage and hour lawsuits are now as common
as discrimination lawsuits

Objective:

To provide an analytical framework and working knowledge of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Class action wage and hour lawsuits are now as common as discrimination lawsuits. Despite the 2004 revisions to the Fair Labor Standards Act, wage and hour problems continue to perplex employers in every industry. Participants will learn common pitfalls to avoid such as failing to pay overtime to salaried employees who are not exempt or allowing employees to use comp time outside the week when overtime is worked. Most who attend this seminar return to their organization and change one or more pay practices.

Highlights of topics include:

  • Coverage and industry exemptions
  • Recordkeeping and retention requirements
  • Exemptions from overtime: executive, administrative, professional, computer / outside sales
  • Calculating overtime for commissioned employees (salespersons), salaried non-exempts, etc.
  • Changing status for employees who have been improperly classified as exempts
  • Compensable hours of work - travel time, training, preliminary activities
  • Compensation included in overtime calculations - bonus payments, shift differentials, etc.
  • Colorado wage and hour laws
  • Child labor regulations
  • DOL investigations and enforcement posture a

Presented by Jennifer England, Staff attorney with Mountain States Employers Council (MSEC), Employment Law Services Department

CLICK HERE for the Flyer/Registration Form

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE

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SAFETY COMPLIANCE SEMINAR

TOMORROW! Workplace Safety: New Challenges

New hybrid service safety issues

  • Extremely high voltage electrical systems present NEW—and life-threatening— risks to service repair technicians.
  • Are you aware of the unique issues your technicians face in servicing hybrids; are your technicians prepared to recognize if/when a damaged hybrid comes to your shop and special precautions that must be taken?

Peter Zaidel, one of the leading experts on hybrid safety, will be addressing safety issues for servicing hybrids.  Peter is an environmental engineer and Product Manager for KPA, a nationally-known environmental, health and safety services company endorsed by CADA.

  • Workers compensation new state requirements
  • Choice of physician for injured employees and specific notice requirements
  • NADA Safety Video showing

aKeep your employees safe AND reduce costs 
aaReview the latest compliance changes, presented by CADA endorsed providers: Wells Fargo Insurance Services and KPA

a CLICK HERE for more information
on this
training session.

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CHIP THOMAS SAIL TO SUCCESS SEMINAR
By: Chip Thomas
Highly acclaimed CADA Summit speaker returns to Denver
Two one-day sessions so you can send personnel on either day!

Without a doubt, I can honestly say that your “Sail to Success” seminar has reached each member of our sales force, unlike the many sales seminars we have had our sales force attend. You have inspired each team member to…create a customer base. Already I am seeing results.
– Douglas Donnellan, VP/GM–SF Toyota, 4/8/08

Oct. 14-15, 2008
Course offered twice; one-day each

Highlights of topics include:

• Prescription for improvement
• Time management for business results
• Organization and planning
• Customer development
• Effective communication
• Relational marketing
• Customer retention
• Negotiating, overcoming objections   and closing
• Professional and positive habits   creation
• "Role Play" for customer interaction

First Session: Tues., Oct 14
7:45 a.m - 4:30 p.m.
REGISTER ONLINE!

Second Session: Wed., Oct 15
7:45 a.m - 4:30 p.m.
REGISTER ONLINE!

Chip Thomas has received rave reviews providing salesperson training for other auto dealer associations across the U.S. Mark your calendar for this training event that will be offered twice in October.

CLICK HERE for more information
on this
training session.
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LIFELINE TO PROFITS SEMINARa

Thurs., Oct. 16 to Fri., Oct. 17
from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

In this intensive, two-day workshop, you will go through every aspect of your operation, taking a candid look at your dealership to develop a detailed action plan to implement within your store to achieve your dealership’s full profit potential. You'll leave this hands-on training with answers to the following questions:

  • Can I enhance and improve the performance of my dealership?
  • How do I effectively analyze my current dealership operations?
  • What's the best way to identify opportunities for change?
  • What steps do I take to fully capitalize on these new opportunities?
  • How do I tailor a plan specifically for my dealership?
  • What's the most efficient way to put my plan into action?

The NADA 20 Group program is providing industry-leading trainers to conduct the workshop. Each of the trainers has retail experience and will offer critical insight to help your dealership. You will take home a practical action plan specifically designed for YOUR dealership.

CLICK HERE for more information
on this
training session.
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TO REGISTER ONLINE FOR ANY CADA
SEMINAR OR EVENT, PLEASE VISIT:

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

Wage & Hour / Fair Labor Standards Act Half-day Workshop

Presented by Jennifer England, Staff Attorney with Mountain States Employers Council (MSEC), Employment Law Services Department

Denver

TOMORROW!

Thurs., Sept. 18
8 a.m to 12 Noon
Breakfast included

William D. Barrow Building, CADA Offices, 290 East Speer Blvd., Denver 80203 303.831.1722

-Flyer/Registration Form

-REGISTER ONLINE

Safety Compliance Seminar Presented by KPA and Wells Fargo Insurance Services

Colorado Springs

TOMORROW!

Thurs., Sept. 18
Noon to 3 p.m.
Lunch included

Antlers Hilton Hotel, 4 South Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs,  80903, 719.955.5600
- Flyer/Registration Form
*Colorado Springs dealers should register with CSADA, Ann Winslow, 719.473.1465 or abwinslow@comcast.net

Complying with the New FTC Red Flags Rule

NADA Webinar

Presented by Bert Rasmussen and Paul Metrey


Tues., Sept. 23
12 Noon to 2pm (MST)

Virtual seminar (web based)

-CLICK HERE for information and to register directly with NADA

The recommended publication, NADA Dealer Guide to the FTC Red Flags and Address Discrepancy Rules, is available through CADA, contact Lauren Stadler to order

 

Chip Thomas Sail to Success Seminar

Denver

First Session: Tues., Oct 14
7:45 a.m - 4:30 p.m.

Second Session:
Wed., Oct 15
7:45 a.m - 4:30 p.m.

Doubletree Hotel Denver Tech Center
7801 East Orchard Road,
Greenwood Village, CO 80111
303.779.6161

Flyer/Registration Form

REGISTER ONLINE for Tuesday!

REGISTER ONLINE for Wednesday!

Lifeline to Profits Seminar

Denver

Thurs., Oct. 16 to Fri., Oct. 17

8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Meals provided for each day

William D. Barrow Building, CADA Offices
290 East Speer Blvd., Denver, 80203
- Flyer/Registration Form
- REGISTER ONLINE

 


Event Description
Date/Time
Location

CADA Regional Member Briefings

- FULL LIST of location dates and times

Eleven meetings for dealers across Colorado

For more information www.coloradodealers.org/regionals
Attendees can register through CADA via Phone: 303.831.1722, FAX: 303.831.9100, or E-mail: rsvp@coloradodealers.org
* Please note different RSVP
for Colorado Springs and
Pueblo meetings. 

National Association of Dealer Counsel  (NADC) -- Fall Workshop

Tuesday, October 14

Westin Chicago River North Hotel

CLICK HERE for more information

Discount hotel block expires Friday, September 19th

Dealer Day at Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show 2008

Wednesday, Nov. 5

Las Vegas Convention Center

Press Release Link

Registration Link



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.


ENDORSED / ALLIED MEMBER HIGHLIGHTS
TRACK WORLD - A DEALERTRACK CUSTOMER EVENT

Oct 6-7, 2008 at the Bellagio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Come to TrackWorld and Learn Best Practices from Industry Experts and Receive Free Product Training From DealerTrack.

Registration is Free!

Visit www.dealertrack.com for more information and to register!

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