In 2020, automotive companies faced unprecedented pandemic–driven challenges that are likely to continue in 2021. As the Biden administration begins to take shape, the priorities of international trade, labor, environmental, and safety policies will shift to reflect the new rules, regulations, and enforcement priorities of the administration.

On March 9, Foley attorneys will share practical guidance on key automotive developments and how to prepare in the coming months. Key topics will include:

International Trade: To help automotive companies predict and adapt, presenters will discuss the likely priorities of the new international trade team and enforcement priorities of the new regulators, best practices for adapting to the new USMCA rules, and strategies for coping with the ongoing international trade war and the aggressive Customs enforcement of the resulting high tariffs.

Labor & Employment:   This presentation will review the key Labor & Employment issues facing employers in 2021. A theme of the year will be change and flexibility; as the pandemic will undoubtedly transform with the increased availability of vaccinations, and as the Biden administration implements new laws and regulations.

Environmental: Participants will gain insight into the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's approach to greenhouse gas and fuel efficiency standards for vehicles, ozone nonattainment as it relates to vehicles and equipment, zero–emission vehicles, and mobile source enforcement under the new administration.

NHTSA & Vehicle Safety:  In this segment, we will discuss the various regulatory and enforcement activities we can expect under this administration, including prospects for continued progress in the area of AV/ADAS–related rulemaking and vigorous enforcement of the agency's reporting regulations using its strengthened investigative staff and enhanced enforcement tools.

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