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ASA Submits Comments in Support of New Hampshire House Bill 664

ASA submitted comments to the New Hampshire House of Representatives Committee on Commerce and Consumers Affairs in support of House Bill (HB) 664, addressing the issue of original equipment manufacturer (OEM) repair procedures. HB 664 would require that “insurers shall reimburse a repairer for all repairs if a repairer follows original equipment manufacturer recommended collision repair procedures, recommendations, or service bulletins, while repairing a vehicle.” This bill seeks to ensure quality and safe repairs for the motoring public.

To view the full text of the comments sent to the Committee, click here.

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ASA Supports Connecticut OEM Repair Procedure Legislation Amendment Proposed for Bill

This week the Connecticut Joint Committee on Insurance and Real Estate held a public hearing on House Bill 7266, addressing original equipment manufacturer (OEM) repair procedures for collision repairs. The ASA supports this legislation and has submitted comments to the Committee including a proposed amendment. The amendment assures no insurer shall condition payment of a claim to the insured or to any person conducting a collision repair based upon the utilization of any repair procedure or specification that does not confirm to the original manufacturer’s repair procedures. Additionally, it is critical that pre- and post-scans are part of the repair processes as this is more important than ever with emerging vehicle technologies. This will ensure that the State of Connecticut has done as much as possible to protect consumers, small businesspersons, and the motoring public.

To view the full letter to the Joint Committee on Insurance and Real Estate, click here.

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U.S. Department of Labor Announces Proposal to Increase Eligibility for Overtime Pay

On March 7, 2019 the U.S. Department of Labor announced a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to make more than a million Americans eligible for overtime pay. Under current law, Americans making $455 per week (23,660 annually) must be paid overtime if they work over 40 hours a week. The proposal would be updating the 2004 rule and increase that salary threshold from $455 to $679 per week ($35,308 annually) bringing higher wages to Americans.

As proposed, the rule would:

  • Increase the minimum salary required for an employee to qualify for exemption from the currently-enforced level of $455 to $679 per week (equivalent to $35,308 per year).
  • The proposal increases the total annual compensation requirement for “highly compensated employees” (HCE) from the currently-enforced level of $100,000 to $147,414 per year.
  • Commit to periodic review to update the salary threshold. An update would continue to require notice-and-comment rulemaking.
  • Allow employers to use nondiscretionary bonuses and incentive payments (including commissions) that are paid annually or more frequently to satisfy up to 10 percent of the standard salary level.
  • Not change overtime protections for:
    • Police Officers
    • Fire Fighters
    • Paramedics
    • Nurses
    • Laborers including: non-management production-line employees
    • Non-management employees in maintenance, construction and similar occupations such as carpenters, electricians, mechanics, plumbers, iron workers, craftsmen, operating engineers, longshoremen, and construction workers
  • Not change to the job duties test.
  • Not make automatic adjustments to the salary threshold.

The proposal is now open for public comment and will remain open for public comment for 60 days. To submit a comment, click this link, in the rule-making docket RIN 1235-AA20.

More information about the rule can be seen here.

 

 

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