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Rideshare leasing programs present compliance issues for dealers

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Lyft, Uber, Sidecar and other such “rideshare companies” are undoubtedly changing the automotive industry. The state of California and many of its cities have embraced rideshare companies to varying degrees with new regulations. But lawmakers have not adjusted vehicle sales and finance laws to accommodate this new business model. And rideshare companies continue to innovate, most recently by establishing programs to sell or lease vehicles to their drivers through franchised auto dealerships. These programs raise several difficult legal issues for dealers who desire to participate in these programs to increase their sales performance or revenues.

DOL’s proposed amendments substantially increase minimum salary requirements for white collar exemptions

Will you need to give your exempt employees a raise?

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This summer, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) released proposed amendments to the “white collar” exemption standards under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”). The white collar exemptions from the FLSA overtime requirements include the executive, administrative and professional classifications. A 60-day public comment period ended on September 4, 2015 and now the DOL will review and evaluate the public comments submitted and issue final amendments, which may differ from the proposed amendments. It is unknown exactly when the final amendments will be issued, however, they are expected to take effect some time in 2016.

California Labor Commissioner’s new opinion letter provides interpretative insight for paid sick leave law

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Although the California sick leave law (Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014) took effect in July of this year, employers are already anxious for clarification on its practical application. In mid-July, certain issues were clarified through urgency legislation amendments (addressed in our previous newsletter). On August 7, in an opinion letter, the Labor Commissioner issued an employee-friendly interpretation of the legislation as it applied to employees who work 10-hour shifts.

Class action waiver in the Form 553-CA-ARB sale contract is enforceable

California Supreme Court ruling leaves window open for consumers to nonetheless escape arbitration

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Today, the California Supreme Court has issued its long-awaited ruling in the case of Sanchez v. Valencia Holding Company LLC with respect to the arbitration clause in the Form 553 CA ARB retail installment sale contract.

FTC cracks down on dealer advertising again

What can you do to avoid gambling with misleading advertising?

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The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has again targeted automobile dealers for allegedly deceptive advertising. If you are familiar with the CNCDA’s 2015 Advertising Law Manual, authored by The Scali Law Firm, you already know that the FTC and other regulators are targeting dealers nationwide over advertising violations and your best bet is compliant advertising.

California legislature enacts changes and clarifications to paid sick leave law

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As anticipated, the California legislature has attempted to clean-up some loose ends left by the original paid sick leave law (AB 1522) which took effect on July 1st. Although these changes may ultimately create some additional questions, it does provide clarity in some areas where employers were left guessing. Moreover, these changes provide some additional options and flexibility for certain elements of compliant policies.

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