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Final DOL Rule Doubles Min. Salary For Managers Who Don’t Get OT

Final DOL Rule Doubles Min. Salary For Managers Who Don’t Get OT

Full-time managers whom employers assert aren’t entitled to overtime pay for overtime work would have to be paid at least $913 a week (which comes to $47,476 per year), under a U.S. Labor Department final rule scheduled to be released today. The old minimum salary was $455 per week, which comes to $23,660 a year.

The rule is scheduled to go into effect Dec. 1, 2016. In addition, the rule calls for automatically updating the salary threshold every three years, based on wage growth over time, the Labor Department said.

The increased minimum would add 4.2 million workers to the numbers of employees eligible for overtime pay for overtime work, the Labor Department said.

President Obama said in an email yesterday: “For generations, overtime protections have meant that an honest day’s work should get a fair day’s pay, and that’s helped American workers climb the ladder of success. That’s what middle-class economics are all about. But after years of inflation and lobbyists’ efforts to weaken overtime protections, that security has eroded for too many families.”

The rule has been heatedly opposed by industry, which has argued it could be a very big burden on small business. Industry plans to, at the very least, push Congress to pass already-introduced legislation that would block the rule and order the Labor Department to better analyze how the change would affect small businesses, small governmental jurisdictions and nonprofit employers. Industry has criticized the methodology used to come up with the new minimum figure, pointing out that, among other things, it doesn’t take into account regional economic differences.

-Vincent Taylor,

 Copyright, Oil Price Information Service 

Scan Tool Information Center is Now Available!

Scan Tool Information Center is Now Available!

This tool was developed by ASA and The Auto Alliance to help you find ODB/ODB2 scanner and other auto diagnostic scanner information faster and easier. The Scan Tool section leads you to the newly updated Scan Tool Resource Center. Each of the pages was developed jointly with a member of the Automotive Service Association Operations Committee and the manufacturer to ensure accuracy. There are some resources that will require a subscription to use. They are noted for you on the landing page for each manufacturer. Due to the varied methods manufacturers use to display their information you will find some minor differences in how you navigate to a location but the menus are kept as similar as possible.

Click here to access the tool!

Staying Safe on the Job: Going Beyond OSHA

Staying Safe on the Job: Going Beyond OSHA

Mechanics are more likely than the average worker to be injured or killed on the job, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.  It’s estimated that for every dollar spent in workers’ compensation claims, an employer will pay out four to 10 times that in indirect costs due to lost productivity resulting from supervisors leaving their post to investigate the case, other employees driving the injured to the doctor, lost revenue of the injured worker and more.

For example, in the event of a minor workplace injury such as a laceration from machinery, the direct cost reflected in the medical expense could be $500. The total cost of this injury, though, may actually exceed $5,500 when considering the combination of all the indirect costs. Working on an average profit margin of 15%, this small-to-mid-size company would have to sell over $36,000 in product or services to recover such a loss. Imagine a workers’ compensation claim where the employee suffers a more serious injury?

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Straight Talk: Explaining Release Detection for USTs and Piping

Straight Talk: Explaining Release Detection for USTs and Piping

EPABookletCoverThis booklet provides easy-to-understand descriptions of several release detection methods for tanks and piping, as well as explanations of the regulatory requirements for release detection.

Release detection methods include: secondary containment with interstitial monitoring, automatic tank gauging, continuous in-tank leak detection, statistical inventory reconciliation, tank tightness testing with inventory control, manual tank gauging, ground water monitoring, vapor monitoring, and release detection for underground piping.

Download or read Release Detection For Underground Storage Tanks And Piping: Straight Talk On Tanks on EPA’s underground storage tank (UST) website at

Order printed copies of many, but not all, of our documents from the National Service Center for Environmental Publications (NSCEP), EPA’s publication distributor: write to NSCEP, Box 42419, Cincinnati, OH 45242; call NSCEP’s toll ‐ free number 800 – 490 – 9198; or fax your order to NSCEP 301-604-3408

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Nine Unlicensed Auto Repair Shops Closed in Michigan

Nine Unlicensed Auto Repair Shops Closed in Michigan

April 26, 2015-Nine unlicensed auto repair shops were closed in Michigan in an operation conducted to tighten enforcement on illegal shops.

“Unlicensed auto repair shops and uncertified mechanics pose a serious threat to motorists,” Secretary of State Ruth Johnson said in a news release. “A bungled brake or alignment job could cause the driver to lose control, causing an injury or worse. Customers expect that auto repairs will be done safely by people trained to do the job. We’re taking action to ensure those expectations are enforced to the full extent of the law.”

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How innovative necessity and conservative thinking can work together to change your business and achieve future success

How innovative necessity and conservative thinking can work together to change your business and achieve future success.

InnovationWe’re still in the first few months of 2016. Each new year brings with it an arbitrary clean slate, a period of time when change is contemplated, if not always acted on. 

When I began writing this article, the United States was involved in a highly political chess game, and conservatives were among the players. And in our world of automotive service and collision repair professionals, innovation seemed to be the topic of all the new-car advertisements as the big auto shows opened around the country. Those are examples of how these two words can challenge us in different ways. 

Another example is whether a conservative approach to your business can coexist with the need to assimilate with the innovation that’s taking place in the car-making segment of the industry. In lieu of all this, my article will strive to give you food for thought: Can you conservative-thinking owners and innovative thinkers work together and contribute to your shop coming out ahead?

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Vendor View: EMV – When Should I Upgrade?

Vendor View: EMV – When Should I Upgrade?

By Richard Browne, Patriot Capital

EMV ChipGasoline retailers need to develop a plan for EMV on the forecourt.  Is 2016 the right time to upgrade gas pumps to EMV?

New requirements to cut down on the fraudulent use of credit and debit cards, enhanced marketing capabilities, lower maintenance costs and the opportunity to take advantage of tax incentives – including bonus depreciation and Section 179 benefits – and are among the main reasons gasoline retailers are looking to upgrade gas pump upgrades in 2016.

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Minn. Checks for Skimmers During Routine Pump Inspections

Minn. Checks for Skimmers During Routine Pump Inspections

Minnesota officials recently announced that a three-week, statewide sweep to look for gas pump skimmers turned up nine skimmers and that routine, state pump inspections will include checking for skimmers.

During the recent sweep, which started in March, state weights and measures inspectors checked nearly 8,500 payment card readers on gas pumps at more than 1,000 gas stations across the state, officials said. They prioritized stations with older pumps, which are considered more vulnerable, as well as stations located on heavily traveled streets and highways.
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NESSARA Announces Preferred Financing Relationship with Patriot Capital

NESSARA Announces Preferred Financing Relationship with Patriot Capital

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Patriot Capital to Provide Financing Options to New England Service Station & Auto Repair Association Members

ATLANTA, GA – April 20, 2016 – The New England Service Station & Auto Repair Association (NESSARA), New England’s largest independent automotive industry association, has launched a program to help its members modernize their businesses and meet updated regulatory standards. A new exclusive financing partnership with Patriot Capital will enable NESSARA members to obtain equipment financing for upgrades related to EMV payments, underground storage tank regulations and LED lighting energy savings.

“Our members are faced with a wide range of equipment upgrades, and for many of them, financing is a logical business decision,” said Matt Lelacheur, NESSARA Co-Executive Director. “Our members have a history of successfully working with Patriot Capital, and Patriot’s support of the association makes our decision to endorse Patriot as our preferred financing partner a great step forward for us.”

Patriot Capital’s ‘Easy EMV’ program provides NESSARA members with access to financing to upgrade most equipment on a site, including gas pumps, LED lighting, underground storage tanks, and other fueling and in-store equipment. In addition to ‘Easy EMV,” Patriot Capital also offers a variety of financing options to help businesses update their facilities to meet the new industry standards and regulations.

NESSARA’s members, serving the retail fuel and auto repair needs of clients in the New England states of Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Maine, will have access to a range of financing programs designed to match their business plan and equipment-upgrade strategies.

“NESSARA members are among New England’s most progressive convenience store and auto repair shop business people,’ said Jason Raffensperger, Northeast Regional Manager for Patriot Capital. ” We are excited about the opportunity to continue and expand our partnership as they move ahead to meet the revised UST regulations, upcoming EMV liability shift on gas pumps, and make other investments to improve their businesses.”


Enhancing the profitability, education and rights of independent service stations and repair shops has been the mission of the New England Service Station & Auto Repair Association, Inc., (NESSARA) since 1974. New England’s largest independent automotive industry association, the organization offers resources, education, advocacy, and financing options to member businesses in all six New England states: Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Maine. Its members consist of service stations, auto repair facilities, convenience stores, auto body shops and other automotive-related businesses throughout New England. The organization’s goals include keeping members informed on all major issues that can have an impact on their businesses; creating cost savings and revenue-generating programs that help members enhance their bottom line; and lobbying for and against legislation that will affect the day-to-day operations of its members.

About Patriot Capital

Patriot Capital, a division of State Bank and Trust Company, specializes in enabling entrepreneurs to succeed by providing access to hassle-free equipment financing and SBA loans in the retail and commercial fueling verticals and other manufacturing industries. Working with its customers to enable them to optimize their financing and capital structures, Patriot Capital is the leading provider of capital equipment financing and leasing to NACS (National Association of Convenience Stores), PMAA (Petroleum Marketers Association of America) and SIGMA (Society of Independent Gasoline Marketers of America) members. Member FDIC. For further information, visit


Patriot Capital, a division of State Bank and Trust Company
Richard Browne, Vice-President, Marketing,
Cell: (404) 977-1251
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Matt Lelacheur, Co-Executive Director
574 Boston Road, Suite 12
Billerica, MA 01821
Phone: (978) 667-7706

Don’t let Cyber Criminals Put the Brakes on Your Auto Business

Don’t let Cyber Criminals Put the Brakes on Your Auto Business

According to the Identity Theft Resource Center, cyber security events increased by 27% in 2014 to reach 5,029 data breaches and as many as 675 million records compromised. Their scale and sophistication have led many organizations to conclude that their cyber-security programs don’t match the technological sophistication of today’s attackers. As large multinational Corporations hit the headlines with their inability to fight cyber criminals and the damage they cause, it’s hard to see how a smaller company would fare any better.

Cyber criminals will act like you might imagine a burglar would – choosing soft targets that offer the path of least resistance. In short, they’re looking for the organizations that don’t have proper security controls, policies and procedures in place so if you think your automotive business is too small to matter to cyber criminals – think again. With half of all gasoline purchases being made with credit or debit cards according to the Nilson Report , it’s safe to say that your industry is a soft target. In fact, according to Nilson, the gas-station industry has estimated that it incurred losses of $250 million in 2013 – while the payment-card industry estimates it lost $500 million on fuel-related fraud that year. If your business is a self-serve gas station with pay at the pump capabilities, for example, who would be there to stop anyone from hacking equipment on-site?

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