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Dealers Claim Victory After U.S. Supreme Court Vacates Service Adviser Overtime Ruling
D.C. Lobbying Over Self-Driving Autos Revs Up
Mitsubishi Expects Annual Loss Due to Mileage-Cheating Scandal, Report Says
Toyota Invests $1B Towards Artificial Intelligence
Auto Dealers Group Green Lights Accelerated Education Program
Polytech Adult Education Program Receives CPR Training Mannequin
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Dealers Claim Victory After U.S. Supreme Court Vacates Service Adviser Overtime Ruling

Auto dealers claimed victory [Monday] after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a lower court’s decision that dealership service advisers are eligible for overtime pay under U.S. labor law. The decision marks a victory for auto dealers, many of whom pay service advisers on commission without overtime eligibility, a practice that other appeals courts had upheld until the 9th Circuit’s 2015 decision. National Automobile Dealers Association spokesman Jared Allen said in a statement that the trade group was pleased with the court’s decision. NADA filed a brief with the high court arguing that that the overtime exemption should apply to service advisers in addition to salespeople, mechanics and parts workers, which previous appeals courts have upheld.
Source: Automotive News

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D.C. Lobbying Over Self-Driving Autos Revs Up

Ford, Volvo, Google, Uber and Lyft are stepping up their lobbying efforts on Capitol Hill as lawmakers begin to craft regulations for self-driving cars, and they have hired a former National Highway Transportation Safety Administration chief to be their frontman. The carmakers and tech companies have joined forces to form a lobby group called Self-Driving Coalition for Safer Streets in an effort to make sure regulations aren’t put in place that might suppress development efforts for autonomous vehicles.
Source: The Detroit News

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Mitsubishi Expects Annual Loss Due to Mileage-Cheating Scandal, Report Says

Mitsubishi Motors expects to post a net loss this financial year over its mileage-cheating scandal, hurt by compensation costs and a slide in vehicle sales, Kyodo news agency reported [Tuesday], without citing sources. The automaker said last week it planned to give owners of four minivehicles close to $1,000 in compensation for its overstating of mileage readings, part of reimbursement costs that will total at least $600 million.
Source: Reuters

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Toyota Invests $1B Towards Artificial Intelligence

The U.S. robotics expert tapped to head Toyota’s Silicon Valley research company says the $1 billion investment by the giant Japanese automaker will start showing results within five years. Gill Pratt told reporters that the Toyota Research Institute is also looking ahead into the distant future when there will be cars that anyone, including children and the elderly, can ride in on their own, as well as robots that help out in homes.
Source: The Detroit News

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Auto Dealers Group Green Lights Accelerated Education Program

The National Automobile Dealers Association is rolling out a new education program aimed at identifying emerging leaders while also encouraging immediate change. The National Automobile Dealers Association is beefing up its professional development offerings by launching an accelerated educational program for emerging leaders. Known as NADA Academy Plus, the program will give accepted students six weeks of courses over a year in a variety of fields, including sales, leadership, and financial management.
Source: Associations Now

Editor's note: Applications are now being accepted. The first class begins in October 2016 and is limited to 20 dealerships. To enroll or for more information, call 800.557.6232 or visit nada.org/academyplus.


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Polytech Adult Education Program Receives CPR Training Mannequin

Delaware Automobile and Truck Dealers’ Association, I.G. Burton & Co. and the National Automobile Dealers Charitable Foundation presented a Resusci Anne cardiopulmonary resuscitation unit to the training program of the Polytech Adult Education program.
Source: Milford Beacon (Milford, Del.)

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              "We are pleased that the Supreme Court expressly rejected a 2011 U.S. Department of Labor interpretative regulation that service writers/advisors are not ‘salesmen’ exempt from overtime, and that the Court vacated the Ninth Circuit’s ruling and sent the case back for a more appropriate review of the statute."

                  -- NADA Spokesman Jared Allen, on the Supreme Court's 6-2 decision in Encino Motorcars, LLC v. Navarro, Automotive News, June 20

               
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