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New Motor Dealer Guide signals a new era for manufacturer/dealer relations

FCW Lawyers, in partnership with the Motor Trades Association of Australia (MTAA), has launched a comprehensive guide for car dealers and dealer councils to navigate recent automotive regulatory reforms.

The legislative and regulatory reforms for motor vehicle dealers achieved in 2020 and early 2021 are profound, and fundamentally change the way dealers can negotiate new dealer agreements and manage existing and future relationships with manufacturers, distributors, and importers for the benefit of all parties.

This Guide has been written specifically for dealers and dealer councils and provides a road map as to how dealers and dealer councils can use the various reforms to improve their commercial bargaining position in the most effective and efficient ways.

Download your copy of the guide here.

 

To register your interest in attending a Q&A panel event in Melbourne on Tuesday 20 April (in person or via video conference), please email events@fcwlawyers.com.au for full details.

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Heightened levels of stress around the pandemic is also a relevant factor. An April 2020 study reported 88% of the participants (US employees) faced moderate to extreme stress during the pandemic and nearly 70% faced the most stressful time of their professional career.

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Psychological hazards of e-working during the pandemic is a relevant factor. The Australian Psychological Society identified these hazards as conflicts between work and family, workload and over-working, future uncertainty and isolation/loneliness.

Heightened levels of stress around the pandemic is also a relevant factor. An April 2020 study reported 88% of the participants (US employees) faced moderate to extreme stress during the pandemic and nearly 70% faced the most stressful time of their professional career. Participants noted their productivity consequently declined by at least one hour a day for 62% and at least two hours for 32%.

Unsurprisingly, there has been a marked rise in mental health related prescriptions since March 2020.

These risks can be mitigated by undertaking appropriate risk analysis for each employee, ensuring controls are instituted that mitigate those risks, ensuring regular communication between management and employees around individual circumstances, setting clear expectations including around joint goals and objectives, scheduling regular informal team gatherings, and ensuring access to support and resources.

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