Foothill Auto Service is a proud member of the ASCCA (Automotive Service Councils of California). Being a part of this means we are joining hands to fight for safety and fairness in our industry. As many of us know, opening and creating a successful business in California comes with countless challenges. But by being a part of ASCCA helps shape state laws and regulations to minimize their adverse impacts on auto repair shops - just like us. The ASCCA has a strong relationship with the Bureau of Automotive Repair, and they help implement guidelines that protect the consumer and auto shops. Since Foothill Auto Services is a part of this organization, why not explain the benefits to you, our loyal customers! Let's go over the good laws that were enacted in 2021 for our home state of California. BAR Auto Shop Locator Program. BAR stands for The Bureau of Automotive Repair. They provide licenses and help regulate automotive repair dealers, check the safety and legitimization of Smog Check stations and technicians, test brake and lamp stations, and adjusters. The ASCCA has taken the liberty to help consumers find accessible repair shops that meet the BAR protocols and locate shops that have any disciplinary actions against them. With this, they launched a new auto shop locator program using a mobile-friendly search tool. The locator displays shops on an interactive map using the consumer's location or a specific city or zip code. Service categories are tied to primary and secondary business type information (e.g., auto body, tire, transmission repair, etc.) provided by the automotive repair dealers upon licensure or renewal. This is a convenient tool to help customers locate what you need for your vehicle with ease from your mobile device. Business Hiring Tax Credits: This law will provide small businesses (fewer than 100 employees) a $1,000 tax credit if they hire or rehire an employee for the 2020 taxable year. It is keeping the same employees under the same loyal employer with a nice bonus! The law sets aside $100 million and will be provided to businesses that qualify on a first-come, first-served basis. Employee Notification-COVID-19: This law requires public and private employers to, among other things, notify all employees and subcontractor employees, within one business day, regarding potential exposure to COVID-19. This is enacted for the safety of the employees, employers, and loyal customers. It establishes standards that employers must follow in handling potential COVID-19 vulnerabilities and outbreaks and provides the Cal-OSHA oversight to protect employees and enforce the law. Expansion of California Rights Act: With at least five employees, this new law requires employers to grant an employee up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave for family care. This is essential for families to have quality time together without the worry and stress of unpaid time off. It requires the employer to reinstate the employee returning from leave to the same or comparable position. If you are looking for a trustworthy auto repair shop, look no further than Foothill Auto Service. We are backed by the ASCCA and hope you've learned some of the vital legal moves they've installed in our great state of California, protecting us as a business and our incredible employees. We at Foothill Auto Services aim to provide the most professional auto repair services in the county. And our team prides itself on keeping you updated throughout your service. Customers from Lake Forest, Foothill Ranch, Portola Hills, Rancho Santa Margarita, Coto De Caza, Mission Viejo & Trabuco Canyon have come to trust our commitment to quality auto repair. If your vehicle needs preventive maintenance or repairs, call us today (949) 502-0098) or schedule an appointment online to take great care of you and your vehicle or with us today to experience the Foothill Auto Service difference. We are located at 26911 Vista Terrace, Lake Forest, CA 92630. We look forward to seeing you soon!