Wednesday, 25 November 2015 19:34

AAAS Fall & Winter 2015 Updates

The Automotive Aftermarket Association Southeast (AAAS) recently published their Fall newsletter which provides many important updates for members. These updates included workman's comp dividends, employee benefit fund rates and benefit options, education foundation announcements, and upcoming events.

Steve Kampwerth, Chairman of the AAAS Employee Benefit Funds Board of Trustees, announced the addition of a new health savings account qualified benefit plan, a new vision plan, and minimal rate increases on existing plans in 2016. The annual enrollment period will run from December 1-31.

AAAS also proudly announced that AL members participating in the Automotive Aftermarket Work Comp Fund will enjoy an average 22 percent dividend in 2016, the Fund’s sixth consecutive dividend. Members from FL, GA and MS who participate in AAAS's Meadowbrook workman's comp program will receive a 10 percent dividend. Additionally, members who participate in one of the association's eligible workman's comp programs, as well as the AAAS Employee Benefit Fund Blue Cross program, are eligible for a 2 percent discount on their health insurance.

The AAAS Education Foundation is now accepting scholarship applications for the 2016/2017 school year. Applications must be submitted online by March 31, 2016.

AAAS also reminded members that the Affordable Care Act forms are due to employees by January 31. The newsletter provided vital information on how to file this paperwork. Additional articles addressed the problem of distracted driving, how to conquer your local market by being listed, independent Bay share growth, and OSHA's release of their all-in-one training resource for employers.

AAAS also announced their support of the Auto Care Association's newly-designed website at www.autocarecareers.org which was designed to help job seekers connect with hiring shops.

AAAS supported a FL Be Car Care Aware event on November 7 at Calderon Automotive Repair where vehicles received a 40-point inspection. Next, AAAS is gearing up for their 2016 Capitol Days to promote the aftermarket industry's interests. The MS Capitol Day will be held January 13, FL members will gather at their Capitol on February 2-3, and AL's Capitol Day will take place on February 24. Due to legislative schedules, GA will not hold a Capitol Day until 2017.

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