Registration Now Open For  iFLEX 2018
iFlex at The Car Wash Show is coming to the Las Vegas Convention Center April 26th-28th! Join over 8,000 car care professionals at the industry's biggest event of the year!

AOCA members receive special discounted pricing to the Show. Prior to registering, simply email or call (800) 230.0702 to secure a discount code. 
As an attendee of The Car Wash Show, you will experience three jam-packed days with 400+ exhibitors showing off products and services.
Be sure to purchase an All Access Pass to experience iFLEX at The Car Wash Show as part of 70+ education sessions for car care professionals. 

Click here for more information and to register!

Interested in sponsorship? Click here to view opportunities and contact Kristy Babb at for more information. 
Questions? Contact us at (800) 230-0702 or
Renew Your AOCA Membership Today
The growth and success of AOCA is dependent upon your support. Renew today and make sure you have uninterrupted access to  AOCA member benefits

AOCA's goal is to not only be your industry voice, but to help you run your business more efficiently and save on operational costs.

If you have questions or did not receive a renewal notice, contact Jenna Bailey at or call 
(800) 230-0702. 
January Government Affairs Update
Have you viewed this month's Government Affairs update? AOCA members can view the update to find out what you need to know for January. 

In this edition: 
  • Transmission Product Labels & Receipts Regulation Effective January 1st
  • Federal "Injury Tracking Application" of Workplace Injuries
CLICK HERE to log-in to the website and view the update.
Q&A with Affinity HR's 
Claudia St. John: Pay Equity
Q: We have always verified a candidate's previous salary history early on in the hiring process. Usually we ask for a copy of a pay stub or a copy of the candidate's previous year's tax filing.  Is there any problem with that practice?

A: We don't recommend this practice.First, a pay stub and/or tax return contains revealing information that an employer shouldn't have pre-hire, such as age, number of dependents, marital status, social security number, garnishments, miscellaneous deductions on pay stubs, other deductions on taxes (think medical costs, child care, etc.).  Obtaining this information post-hire is acceptable but not pre-hire. 
In addition, a few cities and states have moved to prohibit employers from asking for previous salary information altogether and even more prohibit asking for W-2s & tax returns.  The main reason for these laws is for equal pay reasons. People (mainly women) who were underpaid at previous jobs cannot find pay equality if future employers know what they made before and base their offer on that information. Asking for salary history perpetuates inequitable pay.
Instead, we recommend companies focus on what they want to pay for the position and make sure they offer the same regardless of sex, age, etc. 
Learn more about AOCA's partnership with Affinity HR Group and how you can access custom support to your most challenging people management issues.
Exclusive Offers from 
AOCA's Savings4Members
Savings4Members is offering our members huge savings with limited time promotions. 

Vendor Promotions (last chance!)
  • 0.15 cents off with Phillips 66, Conoco & 76 expires December 31, 2017
  • Get 3 months free when you switch to ADP by December 31, 2017
  • Save 10 cents per gallon with Sunoco expires January 1, 2018
  • Unlimited Freedom for only $19/mo/line, plus deals on the latest Apple & Samsung devices through January 11, 2018
  • Save 0.07 cents for 7 mos with Exxon Mobil expires January 31, 2018
Don't miss out on all current Savings4Members' vendor promotions. View all promos.

Learn more or contact a Savings Consultant at or 844.346.3746
Risk Management Corner
The Unhappy Reality of Slip and Fall Accidents 

Although it varies by industry, claims made by businesses for slip and fall accidents account for more than 20 percent of general liability claims each year, and have an average payout of more than $20,000. Every business has the potential to experience these incidents, but the retail and commercial industries are often prime targets for slips and falls, most likely due in part to their frequent interaction with the public. Likewise, certain times of the year also seem more prone to slip and fall incidents, such as colder months and the autumn and winter holidays. The causes definitely vary, but three particular circumstances commonly increase a business s risk. 

Read more.
It's Your Life
Vision for the Next Generation

While incentives such as bonuses and profit sharing are important, recognizing achievements and building self-esteem are priceless.  Some business owners procrastinate or avoid communicating their succession plans because they fear how family members and employees might react. However, their silence may actually create more stress and cause harm to the business. Most employees including family members will feel more secure about the future if they know what to expect and how they will fit in. 

Read more.
Federated Insurance Webinar
A Top Ten List You Can't Ignore

Each year, OSHA releases a summary of their list of Top Ten workplace safety violations. Often, the violations don't change from year to year. Do you ever wonder why? This webinar will take a look at OSHA's Top Ten violations in 2017. More importantly, however, it will focus on risk management policies, procedures, training, resources, and implementation to help reduce employee accidents and injuries! 

Reminder: AOCA Has Moved! 
Effective January 1, 2018, AOCA has moved and introduced a new management team. Please update your records with AOCA's new mailing address: 

Automotive Oil Change Association
1800 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95811

Questions? Contact our office at or (800) 230-0702.