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May 23, 2019 Week In Connections

The Motorcar Parts of America - Selwyn Joffe Scholarship Program for Automotive High School Teachers
See the program overview ( here) and application ( here) regarding scholarships for automotive high school teachers. These scholarships are available to teachers in California, Nevada and Arizona that instruct in an automotive program. CAWA "rolled out" the program at the California Automotive Teachers conference last month and mailed applications to high schools with automotive programs. Teachers will also be able to fill out the application on line at www.cawa.org. The program was named in honor of Motorcar Parts of America and their President & CEO, Selwyn Joffe, for their support of CAWA's annual dinner gala whereby all the proceeds from the event go to the Association's scholarship fund. For details, contact programs@cawa.org.

CAWA Leadership Days Presentations in Santa Barbara, CA - June 20-21, 2019
Presentations include: 
  • "Automotive Aftermarket eCommerce Secrets - A Comprehensive Approach to Making Your Competitors Irrelevant" - Tony Minock, CEO of Cellacore, Inc. 
  • "Understanding the Warehouseman's Role in the Skilled Trades Supply Chain" - John Gustafson, President of Gustafson Brothers, Inc. 
  • "Financing Growth: Get Your Banker to Say YES" - Brad Mewes, Principal, Supplemental Advisory - Driving Growth 
  • "The Greatest Threats Facing the Aftermarket Industry" - Tom Tucker, Auto Care Association, Director State Affairs  

For more information on CAWA Leadership Days, contact programs@cawa.org. See the registration form here. Also, there are meeting and social event sponsorships available to members and friends (see programs@cawa.org).


Members of the CAWA and Auto Care Association Government Relations Teams Met with the Chief Deputy of the Nevada Attorney General's Office
Warranty The meeting was held last month to discuss ways to work together to ensure Nevada consumers are aware of their warranty rights under the Magnuson Moss Warranty Act (MMWA). Specifically our team discussed ways to inform Nevada motorists of their right to have their vehicle repaired at the place of their choosing and aftermarket parts installed on their vehicle without any threats to losing their factory warranty. They also discussed a number of ways to collaborate and we are excited that the Nevada Attorney General's office is fully on board with this effort and agreed to work with us to add information about MMWA to their consumer protection portfolio through creation of new website, press releases, MMWA video at DMV offices and convening stakeholder meetings with other consumer protection agencies, to name a few. Watch for additional information on this collaboration and please contact CAWA Director of Government Affairs, Jennifer Zins, with any questions jenniferzins@gmail.com or 916.871.0603.

Question: Our Job Application Asks Applicants to State Their Gender. Is That Allowed Under California Law?
California law prohibits employers from asking, either directly or indirectly, about an individual's sex or gender. Therefore, job applications should not include any questions about an applicant's sex or gender. For employers who must request information about sex or gender for legally required government reporting (such as EEO-1 Reports), the disclosure of that information must be voluntary. In addition, you can't discriminate against someone who refuses to provide that information. See details here. Source: Our Friends at the California Chamber of Commerce

How Many Hours Per Week = Sales Success?
Recently I was speaking with an insurance agency owner about the lack of success of his two most recent hires. When I asked how many hours they were putting in, the answer was, "About 45 or 50 per week." Keep in mind, these agents are in their 20s, are new to the industry and relatively new to sales. In other words, not only do they have to spend time learning about an industry they know next to nothing about, they also have to learn how to sell, in addition to learning the ins and outs of the new company they work for. Taking all of that into consideration, I gave him my estimate of how many hours they should be putting in. His response? "Look, you can't expect Millennials to work more than 40 or 50 hours a week." See more here. Source: John Chapin
Sales Success

What Should Employers do About the CCPA?
Despite its name, the California Consumer Privacy Act, which goes into effect Jan. 1, 2020, potentially could impose substantial compliance burdens on and create significant class-action exposure for every employer that employs California residents and has more than $25 million in annual gross revenues. The compliance burdens and class-action risk, however, are not a "sure thing." This is because the act, as written, might not apply to employers at all, and a pending bill to amend the act and/or upcoming regulation could establish that the CCPA does not apply to employers' own human resources data. This uncertainty creates a perilous waiting game for employers that must balance the cost of implementing a CCPA compliance program for HR data against the risk that the time, effort and resources invested in that program could be wasted. This article (here) is intended to help potentially impacted employers to make strategic decisions about how to address the CCPA. Source: Littler

Free from CAWA -  State-Mandated Anti-Harassment Training for Your Employees
Stop Harassment If you have not gotten started on your efforts to provide anti-harassment training to your California employees, you need to get working on it now. Law passed last year puts the onus on most employers in the state to provide anti-sexual harassment training to their staff every two years. But there is plenty of confusion about how to conduct training as well as what to do with new hires, seasonal and temporary workers. We explain here. Recall, training is FREE to CAWA members through our partners at CoreMark Insurance. Contact Mat Nabity at mnabity@coremarkins.com or 866.340.2247.

Interested in a Scholarship to the University of the Aftermarket Leadership 2.0 Class?
Aftermarket associations, like CAWA, get one full scholarship to the University of the Aftermarket's Leadership 2.0 Program. The participant must be a service dealer or distributor (WD or jobber). Enclosed is more information ( here). The dates of the Program are August 11-16, 2019 at the Northwood University campus in Midland Michigan and March 15-20, 2019 in Raleigh North Carolina. If you are interested in competing for a scholarship to Leadership 2.0, please contact programs@cawa.org.

Now You Can Contribute Directly to CAWA's Scholarship Programs
Scholarships
Simply go to https://www.cawa.org/scholarships.aspx and click on the donation button to make your contribution. Recall, scholarships come in two forms: (1) for your employees, children, family members and others who are working in the auto care industry and those who would be welcomed into the industry; and (2) for automotive high school teachers to assist in making their programs relevant and educational. Funds for scholarships come from generous CAWA members, including Motorcar Parts of America and the University of the Aftermarket Foundation. For more information, contact programs@cawa.org. Another member benefit.

Addressing Free Trade Myths Within the Auto Care Industry
Our national partners, the Auto Care Association, has developed a "paper" on the myths associated with trade and the auto care industry. See the enclosure for details ( here) and visit autocare.org/trade to learn more about how trade impacts the auto care industry.
AutoCare Assn
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