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Court of appeal’s favorable ruling on dealership’s informal hold check agreement will stand

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In August of this year, the California Court of Appeal in Nichols v. Century West, LLC. et al. held that a dealer’s informal agreement with a customer to delay depositing her down payment checks did not constitute an undisclosed deferred down payment on the sales contract, nor did it violate the single document rule. The challenges to this decision were resolved earlier this month and the remittitur issued last Monday. So, this is the law of the land. Nonetheless, Nichols leaves some unanswered questions and we strongly recommend consulting with an automotive attorney before changing your polices concerning deferred down payments.

New laws for 2017

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As we come to the end of 2016 and get ready for 2017, this alert will provide you with a run-down of the new laws affecting your business. This is not a substitute for the in-depth presentation of these new laws provided by the CNCDA. We encourage all of our clients and friends to attend the CNCDA’s various New Laws seminars hosted at locations around the state. Check out for news on where you can attend one of these valuable seminars.

Employee introductory periods

What do they mean?

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It is very common to see policies in employee handbooks that provide for a 60 or 90-day “Introductory Period” for new employees. But what really is the legal effect of these?

New Equal Pay Act obligations

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The California Equal Pay Act took effect in 2016 to address disparities in pay based on gender. Now this law is seeing more changes for 2017. Effective January 1, 2017, the Equal Pay Act has been expanded to address pay disparities based on race and ethnicity as well.

Don’t forget the upcoming minimum wage increases

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With the New Year comes new minimum wage increases. The California minimum wage rises from $10 to $10.50 per hour effective January 1st, 2017. In addition, San Diego’s minimum wage increases from $10.50 to $11.50 on January 1st. The minimum wage in some of the larger cities like San Francisco, Los Angeles and Santa Monica all have increases coming on July 1st so we will provide updates on those increases next year.

Holiday parties

Tips to keep things merry

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Holiday parties are an opportunity for employers to show their appreciation to employees for their work over the course of the year and they create a nice tradition that can enhance employee morale. But among the mirth and good cheer can lurk an HR professional’s nightmare. Yeah, we’ve heard the stories. So here are some tips for planning company social events any time of the year.

Court blocks new federal overtime exemption rules

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Today the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas issued a nationwide injunction that blocks the Department of Labor’s new minimum salary requirements for the federal white collar overtime exemptions, which were set to take effect December 1, 2016. The Court held that the DOL’s new salary rules are contrary to legislative intent and that the DOL exceeded its authority with respect to the new minimum salary requirements, as well as the future automatic adjustments.