ASCCA Summer Conference Videos Available Now!

Go to the 2014 Summer Conference page to watch the Opening Remarks video

Intro – 2014 ASCCA Summer Conference from Scott Brown on Vimeo.

ASCCA Member Testimonials from Scott Brown on Vimeo.


ASCCA Presence at July 9th BAR Advisory Group Meeting Critical for Independent Auto Shops

BAG Meeting 7.09.14

Seven representatives of ASCCA were at the July 9 BAR Advisory Group (BAG) meeting and this proved to be critical as without their presence the interests of independent auto shops would not have been addressed. Thank you Jack Molodanof, Craig Johnson, Mary Kemnitz, Margie van Lierop, Craig Wells, Ted Walters and Jay Jefferson! Read the report on the meeting by Jack Molodanof here.

 

 

 

 


GRANDMOTHERING BILL SIGNED: TAKES IMMEDIATE EFFECT
July 8, 2014 – SB 1446 (DeSaulnier) has been signed by Governor Edmund G. “Jerry” Brown, Jr. to provide some small employers with non-grandfathered health insurance policies in effect as of December 31, 2013, the option to renew their existing coverage for one year, rather than be required to move to new coverage by the end of 2014. SB 1446′s extension will be of direct help to some small California employers who opted to early renew their health coverage in 2013. Many of these employers were facing above normal increases under the new ACA plans in 2014. SB 1446 only applies if the small business had not already purchased an ACA-compliant policy. If you need help or have questions please contact Mat Nabity of Armstrong and Associates Insurance Services at (916) 286-0918.


ASCCA Members of the Year Larry and Laurie Moore!

Larry and Laurie MooreLarry and Laurie Moore, of Larry’s AutoWorks in Mountain View, the ASCCA Members of the Month in September 2013, were recognized at the summer conference as ASCCA’s Members of the Year. The Member of the Year is chosen from among all the Members of the Month in the previous  fiscal year.

In their own words:

I got into auto repair because I was really hard on cars and they would break and since I was a student, I could not afford to pay to have them fixed. I worked my way through college building VW engines in my garage and eventually for a local engine building company…”

Click here for more information on Larry and Laurie Moore


Minimum Wage Increase on July 1st Prompts Posting Requirement

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On TeamTalk this week, Stuart Terry sent a reminder that employees must receive notice from their employer of the scheduled change of pay rate because on July 1, the minimum wage in California increased from $8 per hour to $9 per hour. Click on the attachment below for the official notice for all employers to post or distribute explaining the minimum wage increase (be sure to document that you did it).

Official Minimum Wage Notice

California employers should ensure that all hours worked as of July 1, 2014 are paid at the new higher rate. Employers should also review base salaries for all exempt employees to ensure they still qualify as exempt employees (i.e., they are paid at least two times the minimum wage, which works out to $37,440 annually). The minimum wage will increase again to $10 an hour on January 1, 2016.


ASCCA Launches Countertop Display Contest!  Send Your Entry Today!
ASCCA Sign Contest
The ASCCA is holding a contest to promote member use of the new countertop displays that were included in the spring issue of The California Independent. It’s Northern California vs. Southern California shops, and the losers will serve winners sundae desserts at the Team Weekend in September, at the Chapter Representatives Meeting. Shops are to submit photos of their countertop display to ASCCA staff member Phil Boerner at pboerner@amgroup.us. The contest ends on September 12, 2014, so send in your photos today!

Countertop Display Contest Rules


ASCCA Attends the California Small Business Day!
June 17, 2014

ASCCA Attends 2014 CA Small Business Day

Left to right: Margie van Lierop, Craig Johnson, Mary Kemnitz, John Villa, and Dennis Montalbano

ASCCA was well represented at the California Small Business Day event held today at the Sheraton Grand Ballroom, Sacramento, CA.  The event honored small business throughout the State who were selected as the Small Business of the Year in their district and were selected by their Legislator.

Attendees were addressed by several key legislators and government small business representatives including:

  • Darrell Steinberg, President pro Tem Senate
  • Toni Atkins, Speaker of Assembly
  • Connie Conway, Assembly Minority Leader
  • John Perez, Speaker Emeritus
  • Donna Davis, Small Business Administration

The annual event is organized by the California Small Business Association (CSBA), which ASCCA supports.  The CSBA provides valuable information and resources for small businesses and is a leading advocate for the small business community, making sure their voice is heard in state and federal government. ASCCA has worked with CSBA to support legislation that is pro small business and likewise opposed “job killer” bills.

The CSBA event is a wonderful opportunity for ASCCA to support an organization that advocates for our members and small businesses throughout California.  It underscores the economic impact that small business has on California’s economy.  ASCCA will continue our efforts to make sure that small businesses can not only survive, but can thrive.

Bill Report June 16 2014

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The Value of ASCCA Membership
Paul Grech, president of ASCCA Chapter 21, shared some great ideas about the value of ASCCA membership at his chapter’s dinner meeting on May 28, 2014. Click here to read on…


COP_KEN_logo_4C_3D_vert_MotorOilPhillips 66 – Special pricing on Kendall brand motor oil available to ASCCA members. Contact Howie Klein, P66 Lubricants: SCAL, howie.klein@p66.com, c: 951-903-466; efax 918-977-8193

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Help Brand ASCCA! Use the New ASCCA “Chalk on the Floor” Video

ASCCA Chalk on the Floor VideoThis promotional video is available for members to put on their own websites and social media pages, and possibly buy commercial air time. You can tag information about your shop to the last 5 seconds of the ad.

To get the video emailed to you, email Phil Boerner at pboerner@amgroup.us. To have the video tagged for your shop, which costs only $50, contact Bob Harris at bobharristv@comcast.net.


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ASCCA Member Exclusive Discount Offer on DAD

AESwave is proud to offer ASCCA members a 15% discount off the price of an IMclean DAD. The IMclean DAD (Data Acquisition Device) has been engineered by Drew Technologies and was certified by the BAR on June 20, 2014.  To purchase at this time-limited, discounted price contact AESwave.com at 877-351-9573 or visit http://AESwave.com/ASCCA.


iATN Offers Special ASCCA Discount
ASCCA members are eligible for an added benefit on iATN. The benefit comes at no additional cost to those already subscribing to iATN at the Business level.

This benefit allows you to upgrade your account to the new Business+ level at the same rate as the iATN Business plan @ $30/mo. Not only will you save $15/mo. on the regular rate for Business+, you will be able to grant premium access to each of your employees’ individual accounts (up to 4) so they can enjoy premium access, allowing them to stay up to date with current trends in:

  • Diagnostics – learn from their peers sharing diagnostic procedures
  • Tools & Techniques – use iATN’s new waveform library data sharing system
  • Analytics – discover new ways to address vehicle concerns
  • Knowledge Base – Access to over 3.8 million data asset items
  • Shop Management – Discuss challenges and solutions with fellow shop owners and managers
  • Industry Events – Stay up to date with training events being offered

The following links provide a great place to start in recognizing the rich discussions taking place on iATN in helping solve today’s tough issues. Learning and sharing amongst peers will provide you and your staff with valuable perspective.

iATN has a video tutorial index covering many aspects of iATN, including how to add sub-accounts to your Business+ account located on this page: http://members.iatn.net/video/

Please use the following special link to take full advantage of this offer today! http://iatn.us/PROASC1940

If you have any questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to contact Scott Brown (President of iATN) or their support team @ 866-428-6428 or by email support@iatn.net.


DTSC Posts FAQs for the California Brake Pad Law

A new brake pads law (SB 346 Kehoe) that affects all auto repair shops takes effect January 1, 2014. Basically, shops cannot sell brake pads that have copper in them past this date, and must deplete their old stock by 2023. Most, if not all, brake pad manufacturers are already supplying the legal product. The California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) answered ASCCA’s most frequently asked questions (FAQs) on the brake pad law, and also posted the FAQs on their website under Auto Repair Shops.

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Covered California Launches Self-Service Website for the Small Business Health Options Program
On Dec. 2, Covered California officially launched the full self-enrollment function of the Small Business Health Options (SHOP) online marketplace. This significant new function on the Covered California website will enable small businesses to fully enroll for coverage that may begin as early as Jan. 1, 2014.
Small Business Health Options Program


New California Laws of Importance to ASCCA Members

ASCCA New California Laws for 2014 (2)


Action Needed: New Cal/OSHA Training Required by December 1, 2013
Cal/OSHA has revised its Hazard Communication Standard to align with the UN global chemical communication system. OSHA is phasing in the elements of that policy and you need to take action to comply with the first element. By 12/1/13 all employers must train all those who come in contact with any chemical  in the workplace to understand how to interpret hazards communicated  through pictograms and standardized material safety data sheets, now called safety data sheets or SDS. This means that auto repair businesses have to provide that training to their employees this November. You only have to explain the materials below; you do not have to discuss any specific chemical. Document your training.

Training Materials
Hazard Communication Safety Data Sheets
Hazard Communication Safety Data Sheets with Pictograms
Example of New Material Safety Data Sheet


 

We here at the ASCCA Headquarters are your eyes and ears at the California State Capitol and serve as your industry lobbyists. We work each and every day on legislation and regulations impacting the automotive repair business and directly affecting your bottom line.

The State Legislative Bill Report details various bills that ASCCA is tracking. If you have any questions please contact ASCCA at info@ascca.com

Bill Report June 16 2014

New California Laws for 2014
ASCCA New California Laws for 2014
 
 

Click here to Join Now!

The ASCCA offers a range of membership categories to accommodate the varying needs of our members and the broad impact of our association. Below is a listing of the membership types under the ASCCA:

  1. Regular Members shall be automotive service businesses validly and currently registered in good standing with the California Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) and the Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR) as an Automotive Repair Dealer (ARD). Regular members shall be entitled to vote and hold elective office in the ASCCA
  1. Associate Members shall be those businesses, which supply goods, equipment or services to the automotive service/repair industry, and/or those automotive repair businesses, regardless of type, not located in the State of California. Associate members shall be entitled to vote but shall not be entitled to hold elective office in the within the state association.
  1. Educator Members shall be teachers or administrators working in an accredited California school who do not own or manage an automotive repair facility. Educator members shall not be entitled to vote or hold elective office within the state association.
  1. Branch Membership is for Regular, Associate, and Educator members who want to join multiple ASCCA chapters, and/ or have branch locations that they want to join at the ASCCA chapter level. Branch members shall not be entitled to vote or hold elective office within the state association.
  1. Student Members shall be at least 16 years old and be currently enrolled in a California high school, votech or college automotive program. Student Member shall not be entitled to vote or hold elective office within the state association.
    Application for ASCCA Student Membership

The ASCCA Advantage

Legislation

You have a paid lobbyist, a grass-roots government relations program and a voice at the California State Capitol as we work on issues that affect your daily life from workers’ compensation insurance reform to continuing employer mandates that drive you crazy. We also work on national issues when appropriate in order to make sure your interests are protected. For more information about our legislative program please visit our legislative section on this website.

Communications

You need information and we’ve got it. Newsletters, fax and email broadcasts, it’s all here. What’s going on in the industry? How can you make your business better? How can you attract and retain competent technicians? We can tell you. Please visit our news section for more information about what’s available to members.

Education

We take continuing education seriously. Learn how to manage your shops better. Learn how to deal with government regulations. Learn about marketing. Find scholarships for automotive technician students you may know. It’s all in our education section.

Insurance

We are partners with Armstrong & Associates. They have a reliable history of working with the automotive aftermarket industry, including the California/Nevada/Arizona Automotive Wholesalers Association (CAWA). Armstrong & Associates brings to the ASCCA experience, energy and a team of professionals located in offices throughout the state to better serve our members. Armstrong & Associates is equipped to provide you with a variety of exclusive workers’ compensation safety & claims services coupled with employee benefits and HR administrative services. Receive the utmost care and service along with the most competitive and comprehensive insurance programs. Click here for more information.

Endorsed Programs and Services

Whether it’s our free legal program that members have access to, different discounted business services or maybe access to our credit union with business as well as personal programs ASCCA members have access to things other folks can’t get on the street. Click here to review a listing of all of our endorsed programs and services. To request more information about particular services please use our Contact Form.

Chapters

Don’t miss this great opportunity to network with colleagues in your local area! Our chapter structure is unique and gives you the opportunity to meet up with and do some productive problem solving with members in your area!

THE BOTTOM LINE IS THIS…..

There are many benefits to being a member of ASCCA. The most important benefit you can get is knowing you are among the select few automotive repair shops in the state of California who put the customer first and are willing to fly the ASCCA flag to prove it. You’ve put your badge on the table and promised to provide first class service in an honest and straight forward manner.

We all know the characterizations you labor under and we work daily to change that perception both in the minds of the public and in the minds of the legislators who govern your every move. Let’s work together to establish new standards for every member to hit and make our shops examples for the nation.