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Service Advisors Are Working Overtime
The Ninth Circuit has reaffirmed that service advisors are not subject to exemption from overtime pay. Compliance expert unpacks Navarro v. Encino Motorcars LLC and the effect it could have on your fixed-ops budget.
Hudson: My Job Application to Mr. Trump
In response to rumors that President-elect Donald Trump is preparing to oust the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's director, the magazine’s legal eagle says he’s the right man for the job.
Magazine Offers Details on Compliance Summit Program
Scheduled for Aug. 29-30, Compliance Summit is designed to deliver a crash course in federal regulations and enforcement action to help dealers, agents and industry execs build sustainable sales and F&I processes without sacrificing productivity and profitability.
Certified for the Future
The magazine’s compliance pro breaks down Compliance Summit’s new certification component. He explains how it’s designed to address the industry’s true regulator.
Solving the CFPB Problem
The man who has led the NADA’s regulatory advocacy efforts since 2006 believes the tide may be turning in the CFPB’s attack on dealer participation.
NADA Chairman Bill Fox’s ascendance to dealership and association leadership was largely happenstance, he says. The Great Defender
New York dealer Bill Fox brings experience, passion, humility and unwavering support for the franchised dealer model to his role as 2015 NADA chairman.
Apples and Pomegranates
Consumers will suffer from the CFPB’s use of the word ‘loan’ in place of ‘auto finance contracts.’
Properly presented and described, biweekly payment programs can be an asset to the F&I office and provide benefits to car buyers throughout the life of their loans.  Every Avalanche Starts With a Snowflake
The FTC’s probe of biweekly payment programs was limited in scope and consequence, but it could be a harbinger of further concerns over F&I products and dealer markup.
Women Are Not a Moving Target
Simple promises and superior results are the key to marketing your dealership to women.
Event Space
The size and scope of Industry Summit continues to change with time and the demands of the market.

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EPA Finalizes Green House Gas and CAFE Standards
On Friday, the Environmental Protection Agency finalized the fuel efficiency rules that will guide the federal greenhouse gas and CAFE standards for 2022-2025 model-year vehicles.
EPA Accuses FCA of Excess Diesel Emissions
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has accused Fiat Chrysler Automobiles of failing to disclose engine management software that increased air pollution in 104,000 diesel-powered Ram 1500 trucks and Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs in the 2014 to 2016 model years. FCA officials say the software shouldn’t be considered a defeat device.
Automotive Compliance Consultants Field Manager Earns Compliance Certification
Automotive Compliance Consultants announced this week that Texas field manager Ron Keable has earned the National Automotive Finance Association's consumer credit compliance expert designation
CFPB Orders TransUnion and Equifax to Pay $23.1 Million for Deceptive Practices
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) this week took action against Equifax and TransUnion, ordering the two credit reporting agencies and their subsidiaries to pay more than $17.6 million in restitution for deceiving consumers about the usefulness and actual cost of credit scores they sold to consumers. The two firms were also ordered to pay $5.5 million in fines to the regulator.
Reynolds Releases Reynolds LAW Montana F&I Library
The Reynolds and Reynolds Co. this week announced the release of the Reynolds LAW Montana F&I Library, a comprehensive catalog of standardized, legally reviewed F&I documents for new-car and -truck dealers in the state of Montana.
CarMax, Asbury, West-Herr Automotive Settle FTC Recall Advertising Charges
The three retailers agreed to settle FTC charges that they touted rigorous inspections while failing to disclose that some vehicles were subject to unrepaired safety recalls. The FTC also finalizes orders against GM and two other sellers in similar cases settled earlier this year.
Helion: 5 Priorities for Dealership IT Departments in 2017
Helion Automotive Technologies issued its Top 5 priorities for dealership IT departments today. According to the company, allocating budgets to improve internet bandwidth, wireless signals, incoming call flow, security and regulatory compliance are a must for 2017.
Four Trade Groups Ask Lawmakers to Instate Five-Person Board to Lead CFPB
Four associations representing 12,000 banks and credit unions have asked Senate leaders to consider replacing the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s single-director structure with a five-person bipartisan commission next year.
CFPB Supporters Ask Federal Appellate Court to Rehear CFPB Decision
In an amicus brief sent Tuesday, a group of 21 current and former members of Congress argued that the federal appeals court's October ruling that the CFPB's structure violates the federal Constitution has 'fundamentally altered the [bureau].' They want all 17 of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia’s judges to rehear the case.
Fed Reserve, CFPB Leave TILA, CLA Dollar Thresholds the Same for 2017
The two agencies announced before Thanksgiving that the dollar thresholds in the TILA’s Reg Z. and the CLA’s Reg. M for exempt consumer credit transaction will remain at $54,600 for 2017.