Throughout this 7-part series, we’ve looked at more than 30 federal rules and regulations across an automotive dealership’s departments. What we’ve learned is that running a dealership takes knowledge beyond the latest models and specs. Every successful automotive dealership is comprised of professionals with expertise not only in sales and service, but workforce compliance.
Many regulations apply to specific roles, but there are some rules that impact everyone, from your CFO to your porter. Perhaps no one has to master everything, but everyone should master a few things:
- Dealerships, like all U.S. companies, must comply with various federal labor regulations. Know the difference between an employee and a contractor. Make sure you grant and notify workers of their unionization rights in accordance with the National Labor Relations Board. Keep in mind that minors, including those who are younger than 16, are prohibited from working during certain hours and in certain jobs.
- Numerous harassment and discrimination rules protect employees and customers on the basis of their race, sex, age, religion, national origin, and disability status. Make sure you have in place proper accommodations for all employees, and keep an eye out for any behavior that may be contributing to a hostile work environment.
- Wage and hour laws ensure employees receive proper compensation for their work. Employers must pay their workers in accordance with federal minimum wage laws (or state laws, if the state-mandated minimum is higher) and overtime laws.
- Finally, OSHA regulations keep everyone out of harm’s way. These rules dictate the proper equipment, methods, and posting and reporting procedures a dealership needs to follow in order to reduce the risk of injury or death.
Welcome to our series on the numerous federal rules and regulations that impact automotive dealerships. In this and upcoming articles, we’ll be taking a look at the roles employees at each department play in keeping your dealership compliant.
If you missed Part 1, which provides a bird’s eye view of regulations across your dealership, click here.
Once you’ve familiarized yourself with the various federal regulations that impact your dealership, the next step is to find a way to effectively manage them. In our experience serving the automotive industry, we’ve found that the best—if not the only—effective solution is an automated compliance platform.
Why not try it for yourself? Talk to one of Compli’s industry experts to see how automated compliance fits into your business. Bring your questions—we have answers. Click here to schedule a consultation and demo.