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Recent Legal Case Could Have Major Ramifications for Automotive Repair Employers   

By Jack Molodanof


A Recent legal case may have major ramifications for employers paying employees on a piece rate basis. 
The California 2nd District Court of Appeal in
Gonzalez v. Downtown LA Motors, Case Number B235292;  held that piece rate paid technician employees are entitled to separate hourly pay for "waiting" time.


The Facts:


Downtown LA Motors, LP, a Mercedes-Benz dealership (employer) compensated its technicians on a piece-rate basis, which means that techs were paid a set amount for each repair completed based on a formula for each job performed.  Each job is given a "flat rate" which is determined by the industry depending on how many "flag hours" the completed job is worth. The techs accrue flag hours only when working on a repair order.  The employer paid techs a flat rate ranging from $17 to $32 for each "flag hour".  The employer calculated tech pay for an 80-hour period by multiplying flag hours accrued by the applicable flat rate.  Each tech kept track of all the clock time spent at the job-site by clocking in and out at the beginning and end of shift, and clocking out for meal breaks. If a techs piece rate compensation fell short of the applicable minimum wage for all hours worked, the employer would pay the difference.


Basis of Lawsuit:


The technicians (class of 108 service techs) contended that there frequently was not enough work to do and they had to remain at the dealership when this happened. The did not flag any hours when waiting for repair jobs, but were expected to perform various non-repair tasks, such as obtaining parts, cleaning their stations, attending meetings, traveling to other locations to pick up and return cars, reviewing service bulletins, and participating in on-line training. The techs filed a class action lawsuit claiming that the employer violated California Law by not paying techs a minimum wage during the "waiting time" (or time spent on the clock engaged in non-piece work).  The trial court ruled in favor of the technicians, holding that California law requires the Employer to pay the techs for their waiting time between repair orders.


The Appeals court affirmed the trial court judgment and concluded that the technicians were entitled to separate hourly compensation for time spent waiting for repair work or performing other non-repair tasks directed by the employer during their work shifts.


It is still undetermined whether this case will be appealed to the Supreme Court. Employment legal experts are trying to fully comprehend the ramifications and provide more clarification. But in the meantime to avoid risks, employers employing technicians compensated on a piece rate system should, if not already doing so, pay separate hourly compensation for "waiting time" or performing other non-repair tasks.  





BMW Recalls Over 500,000 Cars for Electrical Problem   

BMW is recalling certain 1 Series coupes and convertibles from the 2008-20012 model years, 3 Series sedans, coupes, convertibles and sport wagons from the 2007-2011 model years, and 2009-2011 Z4 sports cars to correct a possible problem in their electrical systems.


In a document filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the car maker said the recall includes 500,640 vehicles.


Under the recall, BMW dealers will replace the positive battery cable connector and use an improved method to install it. The service is free of charge.  Owners may contact BMW at 800.525.7417 or at customerrelations@bmwusa.com.





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April Member of the Month

Gene and Robin Morrill, Certified Automotive Specialists, Glendora, CA


In his own words:

"My wife Robin and I are the owners of Certified Automotive Specialists in Glendora. Our goal has always been to stay ahead of the changing automotive industry, have an awesome place to work and be profitable.


Certified Automotive Specialists' mission is to provide safe and reliable transportation for our customers by thoroughly inspecting each car we service. We're committed to educating our customers so that they can make the best service and/or repair decisions possible.


We also believe it's our responsibility to be  leaders in the automotive industry and to meet or exceed all industry standards.


I'm  a 28-year member of ASCCA, but didn't attended meetings early on, much like many members today. After being encouraged by a member to go to a meeting, I was hooked. Older and wiser members let me sit with them and shared their secrets of success and even bought me a beer or two to boot.  


Most of these members have retired or passed on, but I cannot thank them enough for the track they put me on to improve my business.

"The more you know, the more you grow" is my philosophy and I now have an Associate's  degree in Automotive Technology, I graduated from the AMI program with an AAM degree. In addition,  I am a graduate of ATI's owners course, an  ASE Master Technician, a Professor at Citrus College in the Auto Tech Department and very involved with my local community.


All of this happened over many years of commitment to myself - to become a better shop owner and by being involved with our industry. Remember, if you don't start, you can never finish.


My affiliation with ASCCA and Chapter 5, as well as other professional organizations and other shop owners has catapulted our company to one of the top shops in our area. Thanks to the many trainers and fellow shop owners who shared their time and expertise with me."



ASCCA members like Gene are shining examples of how One Member CAN Make a Difference! 


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Nominate an ASCCA Member for Member of the Month!


The ASCCA Member of the Month is a new program developed by ASCCA leadership to recognize our members who go above and beyond to support our core purpose: To Elevate and Unite Automotive Professionals and Give Them Voice.


Each Member of the Month will receive a certificate and a $50 Visa gift card. Additionally, the member will be recognized on the ASCCA website homepage for one month, announced on Team Talk, featured in the WYNTK and in the California Independent.


YOU can nominate a Member of the Month by sending your recommendation to Heather Vigil at hvigil@amgroup.us. All nominations should include a summary of why your nominee should be considered for ASCCA's Member of the Month.


When making a recommendation, please use the following criteria:

  • Faithfully adheres to ASCCA code of ethics
  • Active proponent of ASCCA (both State and Chapter); talks up ASCCA to non-members
  • Actively helps oter shops succeed (both member and non-member shops)
  • Utilizes member benefits (ASCCA Advantage) and mentors new members utilizing benefits
  • Active in local Chapter (where applicable) and state events
  • Adds his/her voice to legislative issues; contacting representatives on key issues
  • Pays dues on time
  • Participates in/monitors Team Talk


Each nomination will be carefully reviewed and considered by the ASCCA Membership Committee. The pool of Members of the Month winners will be voted on by the Chapter Representatives Committee for Member of the Year to be honored at ASCCA's Summer Conference, June 21-23, 2013 at the Hilton Irvine Orange County.


For more information on the Member of the Month program, please contact Heather Vigil at hvigil@amgroup.us.




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