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Ransomware attack hits car dealer

What should you do to prepare?

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In December of 2019, a Florida car dealership was hit by a ransomware attack. This sophisticated style of data security attack breaks into a network and locks access to email, databases, and other essential files and programs. The hackers typically then demand a large payment in the form of an untraceable financial instrument. In this case the hackers demanded 65 Bitcoins, roughly equivalent to $600,000, to restore access to the dealership’s systems.

EVENT on February 22, 2020

GIVE – MENTOR – LOVE fundraiser event

Every victim needs a superhero

Scali Rasmussen is proud to be a sponsor of this event supporting GIVE – MENTOR - LOVE—a foundation of volunteers serving L.A. County youths and young adults in-crisis, at risk, homeless or in foster care, and victims of Human Trafficking.

EVENT on July 9, 2020 to July 12, 2020

Scali Rasmussen's Managing Partner, Christian Scali, will be speaking at the 2020 Educational Conference for the Auto Dealers Office Management Association (ADOMA). This empowering, three-day, education filled conference is designed to energize your performance and help you run your dealership in a more impactful and cost-effective manner.

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On February 10, 2020, the California Attorney General issued an amended version of its proposed California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) regulations in a redlined format. Overall the redlined regulations are generally favorable to businesses operating in California in that they clarify requirements without imposing significant new requirements. Here are changes that are particularly notable.

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Under California law, employers are required to report occupational injuries or illnesses to their workers’ compensation insurance carrier, or to the Department of Industrial Relations (if the employer does not have workers’ compensation insurance). Additionally, employers are required to report cases involving “serious injury or illness, or death” to the Division of Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA).

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The California Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA), which includes the Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR), is reporting that its licensees are being targeted in attempted fraud schemes and is urging awareness and caution. This is an important message for all staff members, but also a good opportunity to remind them that any communication with a licensing agency such as BAR or the Department of Motor Vehicles should be treated seriously. Following good fraud prevention habits will also help prevent important notices such as requests for information from falling in the cracks and leading to license enforcement.

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Before you issue those employee expense reimbursement checks for January, don’t forget that the IRS standard mileage reimbursement rate was reduced to 57.5 cents per mile for 2020—down from 58 cents per mile in 2019. The standard IRS mileage rate is usually used as a simpler alternative to calculating the actual reimbursable expenses attributable to an employee’s use of their personal vehicle for work, and such rate is generally presumed to be sufficient to cover the actual expense.

Arbitration: the roller-coaster ride continues

2019 cases affecting auto dealers: Part 7

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A pair of recent California court decisions have dealt double blows to the enforceability of arbitration agreements in the employment setting. In both cases, the courts found that the agreements were unenforceable because they were procedurally and substantively unconscionable.

In the meantime, the U.S. Supreme Court spoke up in favor of employers, answering the question whether an ambiguous contractual agreement provides the necessary contractual basis to conclude that the parties consent to class arbitration under the Federal Arbitration Act (“FAA”). It does not.

Significant employment cases of 2019

2019 cases affecting auto dealers: Part 6

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It was a big year for employment law in California's courts. Here we review nine of the most consequential cases, noting how they impact your business in practical terms.