|Jan. 20, 2019 | www.fisherphillips.com|
It’s finally over; we can now say definitively that service advisors employed by automobile dealerships are exempt from federal overtime requirements. If you haven’t been following this story ... what have you been doing?
I bet you’ve heard of the famous equation E=mc2. You may know that Albert Einstein is credited as its developer. You may even know that it’s often called the Theory of Relativity. But, like most people, you might not know what all the symbols mean or how to work the equation to achieve the result Einstein promised. Generally speaking, the only people who fully understand the equation, what the symbols represent, and how to perform the calculations are physicists, scientists, and mathematicians—all persons with specialized skills, knowledge, and experience.
No doubt last month’s Navarro ruling in the Supreme Court was a big win for retail automotive. That decision affirmed that the same federal overtime exemption that applies to a “salesman, partsman, and mechanic” also applies to service advisors who are engaged in selling. In other words, service advisors who qualify for this federal exemption are not entitled to overtime pay.