Newsletter & Article Archives

Welcome to your VADA newsletter archives! Below you will find links to many of the articles from previous editions of your newsletter. If you don’t see a specific article that you are searching for, contact us at 804.545.3024

The #MeToo Movement and Pay Plans

April 23, 2018

We recently reported on the success of the #MeToo movement in getting a provision in the recent federal tax legislation to prohibit deduction of payments, attorneys fees, and other expenses in settling sexual harassment claims if there is a confidentiality clause in the settlement agreement. Recently, fifteen U.S. Senators cosponsored legislation to bar employers from

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Common Sense Prevails

April 23, 2018

For more than half a decade, the federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, notorious for its progressive decision making, has been out of step with decisions from other federal circuits and district courts that have considered the language of the car dealer exemption to the Fair Labor Standards Act as it applies to service advisors.

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Advertising: Spot the Problem

March 21, 2018

The Federal Trade Commission shows no sign of slowing down its efforts to police car dealer advertising. How well do you know federal advertising requirements? Identify the specific problem in each of the ad representations below. Answers are can be found HERE. 2.99% financing available on new cars today. Drive a new car for just

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Advertising: Spot the Problem – Answers

March 21, 2018

Under the Truth in Lending Act, any advertisement of interest rate must be for the annual percentage rate or APR, using either form of that term. An advertisement that does not use that term violates TILA. Even though you may use a toll-free number to make full lease disclosures, some things must be disclosed in

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Service-members Civil Relief Act

March 20, 2018

Car dealers have focused on the rights of active duty service members and their dependents because of the December 14, 2017 change in interpretation of regulations on the Military Lending Act by the Department of Defense. However, the government has also been busy enforcing the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (“SCRA”), and there are some basics

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Don’t Let CFPB Fumbles Affect Your Compliance Efforts

February 21, 2018

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has had its wings trimmed, but don’t allow that to reduce your emphasis on compliance. The Federal Trade Commission is the cop on the beat for auto dealers, and it shows no sign of slowing The CFPB has been buffeted by Trump headwinds. There have been several recent challenges. Congress

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More Franchise Myths

February 21, 2018

Occasionally, we write about myths in the car business – things that “everybody knows” that are not true. Here are some franchise myths we have been discussing with dealers. My dealer agreement is expiring. I must sign a new agreement before it expires. That a franchise agreement can expire is one of the great myths

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Discrimination and Harassment – A Refresher

January 18, 2018

Dealers have long known of the dangers of lawsuits involving employees contending they have been the victims of discrimination or harassment. However, with today’s unprecedented focus on charges against Hollywood, media, and political celebrities, a dealer must give renewed attention to its policies and procedures. Here are ideas for a refresher as you review the

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18 Thoughts for ’18

January 18, 2018

2017 was a tumultuous year in the car business. In other words it was business as usual. Dealers have become accustomed to coping with major changes. 2018 should not be much different in terms of challenges, but it can be rewarding. Here are eighteen issues to which you should give attention in 2018. FEDERAL GOVERNMENT

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