Many common operating oversights can add up to big losses for auto dealerships. This quick review should help dealers avoid noncompliance risks:
- Worker verification: Complete I-9 Employment Verification paperwork as required by law. Federal audits are up nearly 400% since ’08! Penalties for noncompliance can be $11,000 per incident. from the Office of Homeland Security.
- Airbag update: Airbag shipments by ground are preferred, as less training, preparation and precautions are required. Group transportation requires DOT hazardous materials training for any employees involved with shipping airbags. Review the dealership’s DOT-certified status.
- Fluorescents disposal: Disposing of fluorescent lights and lamps in dumpsters violates federal law. Mercury used in them becomes hazardous when the lamps no longer work. Illegal disposal can result in fines and criminal prosecution. These lights must be recycled. Each state has its own program for management of mercury-containing lamps.
- Hiring smarts: Dealers think they’re complying with the Equal Employment Opportunity Act regulations, but violators make the news regularly. Recent cases, a $50,000 fine for disability discrimination and $150,000 for racial discrimination. Employee training to recognize discrimination is the first-line of defense. .
- OSHA compliance: OSHA violations, especially when they result in personal injury, can be very costly to the dealership. . OSHA hot spots include department and transportation certifications; protection equipment around grinders and welders; signage on exists and electrical panel access; and, fire extinguishers.
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