October 18 Newsletter

A Message from Don Hall

  Greetings from VADA, Happy fall to each of you.  I hope this newsletter finds you well. As the leaves are changing, know that VADA staff continue to work hard on behalf of new car and truck dealers across the Commonwealth.  Also understand, with Election Day right around the corner, this is an important time

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VADA Dealership Advertising Meeting

This week, individuals from dealerships and dealer groups across Virginia gathered at our Association headquarters in Richmond for a meeting on dealership advertising and marketing.  While the Virginia Code, Virginia Motor Vehicle Dealer Board (MVDB), and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) provide some guidance on advertising in this context, the reality is many of the current

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The #MeToo Movement and Workplace Arbitration

While the U.S. Supreme Court validated the use of mandatory, predispute arbitration agreements in employment dispute situations in a decision issued this spring, states have begun attacking arbitration of employment disputes involving sexual harassment claims. Are those state attacks valid? There has been substantial legislative activity in the last year resulting from the #MeToo movement.

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The Fair Credit Reporting Act and Employment

Adverse action notices are not just for consumers denied credit. The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) also requires consent to run credit reports on job applicants and employees, with notification to applicants and employees if these reports lead to an adverse employment decision. A recent action by the federal government affects the notification of adverse action

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FTC: Recall Marketing is Radioactive

The Federal Trade Commission just announced a consent judgment with a dealer group, its president and vice president, and a marketing supplier and its owner. It results from a lawsuit in federal court over advertising campaigns it says used an “urgent recall notice” in a mailer with a “warning” that the recipient’s vehicle may “be

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New Work-Release Program Creates More Technician Jobs

Late last month, VADA had the honor of attending a ribbon-cutting ceremony, celebrating Virginia’s first-ever prison work-release hybrid program. President & CEO of Chesapeake-based Priority Auto, Dennis Ellmer, led this charge after vacationing in Fiji a few years ago and meeting a tour guide who studied the trade while in prison. The program focuses on

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Managing & Controlling Healthcare Costs

When three unrelated powerhouses like Berkshire Hathaway, J.P. Morgan and Amazon agree to work together towards a common goal—in this case controlling healthcare costs—it’s probably something to which we should pay attention. And many have asked what we anticipate to be the area of focus for this partnership. Before I begin, let me first make

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Remembering Ed Snyder

We would like to commemorate the life of Ed Snyder who passed away October 19, 2018. He was father to five children, including Steve Snyder, a past VADA Chairman. He leaves behind his legacy of husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and leader in the automotive community. In 1964, Ed and his wife founded Checkered Flag Motor

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Time Dealer of the Year Nominee: Ron Kody

Congratulations to Ron Kody for his Community Service and Industry Accomplishments   VADA’s Executive Committee is pleased to announce Ron Kody, President of Richmond Ford, has been nominated for the 2019 TIME Dealer of the Year Award. We are extremely proud of him and his accomplishments. The TIME Dealer of the Year program honors new-car

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