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Expect the Unexpected: Preparing for an OSHA Inspection

Automotive companies are keenly aware of their responsibility for knowing the safety standards applicable to their businesses. But many do not understand their rights and obligations during the inspection process. In recent years, after adding more than 100 compliance officers, OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Act) has been increasing the number of inspections, citations, and … Continue reading this entry

Federal Government Does About-Face on Enforcement of Arbitration Agreements in Employment Contracts

One of the changes in approach that the current administration has taken to the legal system—a change often overshadowed by other headlines—is the current administration’s willingness to enforce arbitration clauses. While this has garnered some attention in connection with the Trump administration’s position on arbitration provisions in nursing home agreements, the administration has quietly shifted … Continue reading this entry

Governments Pursue Legislation to Bolster Electric Vehicle Usage

Around the world, governments are considering how to spur electric vehicle adoption and usage. One area of focus is infrastructure development. In the United Kingdom, the Queen’s Speech included the announcement of an Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill. The Queen’s Speech, which marks the State Opening of Parliament, identifies the laws that the government hopes … Continue reading this entry

Minimize the Risk of External Whistleblower Activity

External whistleblower activity can be very costly in the auto industry. As the industry continues to develop, prevention of whistleblower claims will only grow in importance. It’s an issue that can impact every company within the industry, both foreign and domestic. Retaining employees is one method of minimizing the risk of whistleblowing. Compliance can also … Continue reading this entry

17 Measures Every Company Should Consider to Reduce the Risk of Cyber-Intrusions

The cars we drive to work every day run primarily on computers that collect thousands of data points. Same goes for the factory that manufactured them and the company that designed and sold them. This evolution makes cybersecurity vital at every step in the supply chain. We know manufacturing is one of the most hacked … Continue reading this entry

The Top Six Takeaways from Auto-ISAC's and NHTSA’s Cybersecurity Best Practices

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As cars continue to rely more and more on systems that closely resemble those that run mobile phones and personal computers, it’s no surprise that the original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and suppliers of car parts need to make major adjustments. While meeting these evolving demands on the production end, OEMs and suppliers also need to … Continue reading this entry

NHTSA Regulates Cell Phones?

We here at the Dashboard are fond of writing about the ongoing evolution of the automotive industry into a technology industry. It seems that the folks at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have been watching the same evolution. Just last week, NHTSA released voluntary guidelines to address driver distraction. These guidelines, Visual-Manual NHTSA Driver Distraction Guidelines for … Continue reading this entry

Tech & Car Companies Resist California's Proposed Autonomous Vehicle Rules

A who’s who of the automotive and tech sector reacted with concern at the state of California’s proposed rules for autonomous vehicles. Among other things, the companies were not happy that what the United States made voluntary, California may make required. As reported by Reuters, the industry objected to the following:… Continue reading this entry

Department of Transportation Releases Policy Guidance on Autonomous Vehicle Technology (Part II: State Government Guidance)

In addition to its industry guidance, covered in the previous post, the DOT’s Policy Guidance for autonomous vehicle technologies also proposed a “model state policy” for regulating these new vehicles.  This guidance jumps off from DOT’s encouragement to states to leave regulation of autonomous vehicle performance to DOT, and to work with NHTSA to develop … Continue reading this entry

Department of Transportation Releases Policy Guidance on Autonomous Vehicle Technology (Part I: Industry Guidance)

As automakers and their suppliers alike have been working through the issues confronting autonomous vehicles, they have been doing so with a giant blind spot: just how the federal government, which regulates almost every aspect of automotive design, was going to approach the question of standards for autonomous cars.  Fortunately, we have now seen some … Continue reading this entry

Enjoy Your Holiday Weekend!

The Dashboard Insights team wishes you a safe and happy Labor Day. We’ll be back to our regular posting on Thursday, September 8. Thanks for your continued support of our blog!… Continue reading this entry

Product Safety and Liability Prevention

Suppliers Get Ready For Your Recalls
When companies make products that are not safe, they automatically increase their liabilities. This is not in anyone’s interest. Costs increase. Bad PR increases. Good will is lost. Insurance rates go up. And, most importantly, people can get hurt. So, everyone should be able to agree – safer products, less liability = happiness. But, how do you become safer? There is no … Continue reading this entry

Be Fully Compliant, and Avoid Lawsuits!

Who could dislike the title of this post? It promises to solve all your compliance problems and keep your business out of litigation. Were it only that simple. Of course, it is not. But, when it comes to compliance, there are ways to avoid recurring issues such as high-risk countries, whistleblowers, joint ventures and commercial bribery. For … Continue reading this entry

OSHA Finalizes Crystalline Silica Rule, Effective June 2016

Suppliers Get Ready For Your Recalls
The following post is provided by our guest author, Karen Lutz from TRC Environmental Corporation.  Karen can be reached at klutz@trcsolutions.com.  After years in the making and thousands of comments to the proposed rule from 2013, OSHA has finalized the Crystalline Silica Rule for General Industry and Maritime. The final rule was published in the … Continue reading this entry

Privacy Shield Rejected, GDPR Approved - What This Means to Automotive Organizations

The European Union Article 29 Working Party (Article 29) issued an opinion on the proposed EU-U.S. Privacy Shield framework agreement (Privacy Shield) earlier this month, stating that although the Privacy Shield was a “great step forward,” the Article 29 group identified several areas in which it found the Privacy Shield to be unacceptable, including that … Continue reading this entry

“Proactive Safety Principles” Agreement Reached with NHTSA

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and all of the major automakers doing business in the United States have agreed on a Statement of Proactive Safety Principles that are intended to reaffirm the agency and industry’s commitment to work collaboratively to further improve vehicle safety. Described by NHTSA as “historic,” the Statement of Principles … Continue reading this entry

2016 Outlook: NHTSA, Automotive Safety, and Cybersecurity

2016 will likely be an active year for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and increased enforcement actions and new technology and privacy measures are expected. Below are four things to keep in mind for the coming year.… Continue reading this entry

California Proposes Regulations On Deployment of Autonomous Cars

California’s DMV recently released preliminary regulations on self-driving cars—and proposed a ban on cars without a driver on board. The rules stem from a 2012 law ordering the DMV to issue rules on autonomous vehicles. The testing regulations were approved in May 2014. The most recent proposed rules relate to the deployment of autonomous vehicles on … Continue reading this entry

Best Practices to Avoid Common FCPA Violations: Third-Parties

While the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) is an extremely complex act, there are two common FCPA violations of which automotive companies with international operations should be particularly sensitive. We recently discussed the challenges associated with providing gifts, meals, and entertainment to customers. In this post, we discuss another common issue: using third-parties abroad. Third-Parties … Continue reading this entry

Best Practices to Avoid Common FCPA Violations: Gifts, Meals, and Entertainment

As our previous posts illustrate, violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) can carry a hefty cost. Two issues are commonly the impetus for FCPA violations and, practically speaking, pose significant FCPA compliance challenges. Automotive companies which conduct international business should be particularly sensitive to (1) providing gifts, meals, and entertainment to potential and existing … Continue reading this entry

The High Cost of an FCPA Violation

Violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) can lead to hefty penalties. Indeed, individuals who violate the FCPA, and their employers, could be on the hook for a variety of penalties described below. Businesses need to be aware of these potential consequences in order to appropriately perform risk-based analyses and determine what level of … Continue reading this entry

Making the FCPA “Reasonable” — Exceptions & Affirmative Defenses

So, we have covered the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act’s (“FCPA”) scope, but the FCPA anti-bribery provisions also contain certain exceptions and affirmative defenses. These exceptions and affirmative defenses attempt to carve out legitimate payments to foreign officials, so the FCPA does not unreasonably hamper international business. Be wary, however, because prosecutors narrowly interpret these exceptions … Continue reading this entry