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One of the most promising applications of AV technology in trucking is the use of adaptive cruise control and vehicle-to-vehicle communication systems to allow truck “platooning.” Platooning lets two or more trucks electronically couple so that acceleration and braking by the lead truck can be instantaneously relayed to, and replicated by, following trucks. The result is closer following distances between trucks, which allows for significant increases in fuel efficiency and safety.

Uniforms

What are an employer’s obligations?

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Dealerships usually use uniforms for at least certain job positions to promote a professional image. There are certain rules applicable to uniform requirements that employers should keep in mind.

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We regularly receive inquiries from dealership clients as to whether they can deduct from an employee’s pay the expense caused by the employee’s loss or damage to Company equipment. This question often comes up in relation to electronic devices issued to employees by the dealership, (such as phones and other mobile devices), as well as vehicles and other equipment that employees use to perform their jobs. If the employer believes that the employee was careless or negligent in causing the damage or loss of the equipment, it may be tempting for the employer to simply deduct the expense or loss from the employee’s paycheck. But doing so is risky!!

Whistleblower protection part II

What is adverse action and does timing prove a causal connection?

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To establish a case for retaliation under Labor Code Section 1102.5, employees must show that they engaged in protected activity, the employer subjected them to adverse employment action(s), and that there is a causal link between the protected activity and the adverse action. So what is an adverse employment action?

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Section 1102.5 of the California Labor Code affords “whistleblowers” (those who report unlawful activity) protections from retaliation. Employers need to handle such reports with care, and train their managers to respond appropriately as well.

EVENT on September 25, 2016 to September 28, 2016

As part of the firm’s ongoing commitment to the development and implementation of corporate compliance and ethics programs to its auto dealer clients, Christian J. Scali will attend the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics 15th Annual Compliance & Ethics Institute, which is the primary education event for professionals working in the Compliance and Ethics profession across all industries around the world. Sessions at the 2016 conference will offer the latest compliance information on hot topics and current events.

EVENT on September 14, 2016 to September 17, 2016

The firm is a proud sponsor of the National Association of Motor Vehicle Boards and Commissions 2016 Fall Workshop. Firm partners, Christian J. Scali, Robert C. Mizar and Melanie Joo, will attend.

EVENT on September 10, 2016

The Scali Law Firm congratulates the dealer principal and general counsel of firm client, Galpin Motors, H. F. “Bert” Boeckmann II and Alan J. Skobin, Esq., respectively, both of whom are being honored for their service at this years event. The Scali Law Firm is pleased to sponsor ten LAPD officers to attend.

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