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Four Hot Labor and Employment Issues in Automotive in 2017 - Part 2

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Monday we took a look at two important labor and employment questions for automotive employers and suggested next steps to consider during 2017. Today we’ll examine questions three and four. 3. Are you in compliance with Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification requirements and other compliance obligations under federal immigration laws?… Continue reading this entry

Four Hot Labor and Employment Issues in Automotive for 2017 - Part 1

OSHA Turns Its Sights on Auto Suppliers
It hasn’t taken long, and if there was ever any wonder, it’s been put to rest. In the first weeks of the Trump administration we’ve seen wide-reaching philosophical shifts. But how will those shifts impact labor and employment in the automotive industry and, more importantly, what issues should employers continue to be mindful of in … Continue reading this entry

Think Twice Before Making Payroll Advances to Employees

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It can be difficult to turn down an employee who asks for an advance on their earnings, especially in what has become a highly competitive environment for qualified automotive employees. However, there are lots of reasons for automotive companies to think twice before making payroll advances to employees.… Continue reading this entry

Employer Handbook Policies Violate the National Labor Relations Act

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As recently noted, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is laser-like focused on scrutinizing employer personnel policies. In yet another example of this ongoing campaign, a recent administrative law judge (ALJ) decision highlights how some common employer’s handbook policies can be found to be unlawful. Here are just a few of the policies the ALJ considered … 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

OSHA Finalizes Crystalline Silica Rule, Effective June 2016

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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

DOL’s Increased Salary Test: What Employers Need to Know

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For months, employers have been anxiously awaiting the Department of Labor’s (DOL’s) final rule on exemptions from overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and wondering whether the DOL would pass the rule as previously proposed or make modifications to its June 2015 proposed rule. Now the wait is finally over and, as anticipated, … Continue reading this entry

Most Frequently Hacked Industries Now Includes Manufacturing

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Second only to health care, the manufacturing industry is now one of the most frequently hacked industries (according to IBM’s 2016 Cyber Security Intelligence Index). And more importantly, automotive manufacturing was the top targeted manufacturing sub-industry, accounting for almost 30% of the total attacks against manufacturers in 2015. Security incidents were up a whopping 66% … Continue reading this entry

The Auto Industry Has a New Weapon To Protect Its Secrets

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President Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act (“DTSA”) into law on Wednesday, May 11, 2016. Members of the auto industry spend significant time and money developing trade secrets that give them a competitive advantage. The DTSA provides the auto industry with a new method to protect its valuable trade secrets. Prior to the DTSA, most trade … Continue reading this entry

Role of Talent in Site Selection for Automotive Manufacturers

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One of the leading challenges facing many manufacturers in the U.S. automotive industry is the attraction and retention of talent. At the same time, many U.S. states (particularly in the South and Southeast) are throwing attractive incentive packages at manufacturers to lure them to move to their states. At the recently concluded 2015 National Directors … Continue reading this entry

New DOL Joint Employment Standards Affect Auto Employers

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Joint employer relationships are commonplace in the automotive industry. From auto makers that contract with other companies for parts to auto dealers that utilize franchise arrangements, the auto industry is reliant on joint business arrangements. To avoid unnecessary violations, automotive employers should be knowledgeable of the rules prior to entering any potential joint employer relationships.… Continue reading this entry

5 Tips for Retaining Employees in the Automotive Industry

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Attracting and retaining employees in the automotive industry can be very challenging, especially when competitors are doing what they can to lure the best talent. After you provide an employee with a good job, training and development, customer contacts, and access to trade secret and other confidential information, it is discouraging, to say the least, … Continue reading this entry

Narrow Ratification Victory For UAW At Ford Marks End Of Long Strange Trip

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The UAW recently announced that its members approved the tentative agreement with Ford by approximately 51%, just enough to ratify the agreement despite receiving greater benefits than the workers at both GM and Fiat Chrysler. Also on November 20, 2015, the UAW announced ratification with GM on its tentative agreement, after some minor changes for … Continue reading this entry

Health Conscious? The EEOC Is Expanding Incentives for Employees' Spouses

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Employee wellness programs are frequently a source of ulcer-causing angst for auto employers, but the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is making moves to treat some of the underlying issues. In late October, the EEOC issued a proposed rule to amend Title II of the Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act of 2008 (GINA) that would “allow … Continue reading this entry

Ford UAW Workers Defy Logic Of Ricky Bobby With New Tentative Agreement

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If you ain’t first, you’re last. Not so say the Ford UAW workers whose bargaining committee recently reached a new tentative agreement with Ford. While Ford was the last to reach a tentative agreement with the UAW, if the membership ratifies the tentative agreement, the UAW workers at Ford stand to receive a better overall … Continue reading this entry

UAW Continues to Use Strike Threat as a Powerful Negotiating Tool

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In an effort to keep the momentum in its favor, the UAW gave GM a strike deadline of Sunday, October 25, 2015, at 11:59 p.m., to reach a tentative agreement. The UAW’s strategy appears to have worked as the parties reached a tentative agreement shortly before midnight on Sunday. The announcement came just days after … Continue reading this entry

One Down, Two to Go - UAW Ratifies New Contract With Fiat Chrysler

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The UAW appears to have learned from its mistakes from the first ratification vote. On October 22, 2015, the UAW announced that a majority of its membership voted in favor of the revised tentative agreement with Fiat Chrysler. So what did the UAW do right this time? First, the terms of the agreement were simply … Continue reading this entry

The Supreme Court Preview, Part I: The Court To Overhaul Class Actions?

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A fresh Supreme Court term has kicked off, with a new slate of cases awaiting the Court’s decision. Among these cases are several that the automotive industry should keep an eye on, as they impact the law in ways that will affect how industry members do business. Over the next few posts, Dashboard Insights will … Continue reading this entry

It’s Like Déjà Vu All Over Again

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For the second time in just over three weeks, the UAW and Fiat Chrysler reached a tentative agreement on October 7, 2015, narrowly avoiding a strike deadline of 11:59 p.m. unilaterally imposed by the UAW. This time, however, there was no joint press conference with UAW President Dennis Williams and Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne … Continue reading this entry

Not So Fast My Friend – UAW Membership Rejects Tentative Agreement

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During their press conference on September 15, 2015, UAW President Dennis Williams and Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne appeared satisfied with the tentative agreement reached after months of bargaining. The two friends smiled while congratulating each other on a job well done. According to Williams, the tentative agreement achieved the three goals he identified at … Continue reading this entry

Dennis, Tell Them What They’ve Won

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After months of negotiations and several hourly extensions beyond the contract expiration date, the UAW and Fiat Chrysler reached a tentative agreement on September 15, 2015. While the full terms of the tentative agreement were not immediately disclosed, during a joint press conference with UAW President Dennis Williams and Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne, Williams … Continue reading this entry