Managing Automotive

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Managing Automotive
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GM Prods Dealers to Sell Cars Online

GM plans to expand a new online shopping tool called “Shop-Click-Drive” that allows customers to bypass dealer showrooms when buying new vehicles. The app would allow prospective buyers to lock in the price of a new car, get an estimate of the trade-in value of their old car, and apply for financing for their new vehicle. GM dealers are not required to participate in the project, though about 100 dealers signed up for the pilot launch in January. The automaker also confirmed the program is not intended to replace dealers or showrooms, but to give its dealers another avenue to reach a growing group of young, tech-savvy customers. [Time]

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Industry Interests, Litigation
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California Supreme Court Declines Review of Downtown LA Motors — Auto Technician Wage/Hour Class Action

The California Supreme Court recently voted 6-1 to deny Downtown LA Motors’ petition for review in Gonzalez v. Downtown LA Motors, LP (2013) 215 Cal. App. 4th 36. By declining review, the California Supreme Court confirmed that technicians must be paid a separate minimum hourly wage for time spent waiting between vehicle repairs or performing other non-repair tasks. The Court’s Decision validated a continuing trend of strict liability for wage and hour violations.

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Employment, Industry Interests, Litigation
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Piece or “Flag” Rate and Commission Earnings Cannot Be Averaged Over a Workweek to Satisfy California Minimum Wage Obligations

For those California employers who pay commission or fixed-fee “piece rates” to employees tied to the performance of one primary type of work, those employers now need to pay a separate hourly wage or salary for the performance of any other kinds of work that those employees perform.  In other words, a commission or piece ra

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