Join Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association at the table for discussion of statewide industry issues and intelligence. Host Greg Astley, ORLA’s Director of Government Affairs, speaks with industry leaders, policy makers, and business experts about challenges, opportunities and successes in the world of Oregon hospitality.
32. Employment Laws & COVID Considerations
A business owner’s potential liability with regard to employment practices in the workplace has been one of the most challenging exposures they have and will continue to face, including an aging workforce, #MeToo, increased wage and hour enforcement, and continuously expanding state employment legislation. And now owners face new challenges brought on by the events of 2020 like COVID-19 and political unrest.
Anne Hasenstab, Executive Risk & Cyber Security Practice Leade, Ward Insurance
Haley Morrison, Partner, Labor & Employment Practice Group, Tonkon Torp, LLP
Alice Training Solutions (Active Shooter)
Oregon OSHA (Workplace Violence)
Three Oregon OSHA issues
Government Affairs meeting, 2021 Legislative Session
ORLA efforts on removing curfew and 100-Person Cap
31. Unpacking Tourism Promotion
Discover all the work Travel Oregon does to grow our state economy by promoting tourism. In this episode, Teresa O'Neill and Carole Astley of Travel Oregon walk us through the many programs and events offered by the Tourism Commission, including the Oregon Governor's Conference on Tourism and the Oregon Rural Tourism Conference. We talk about the wide variety of research being conducted to benefit the state and help leaders make informed decisions on marketing efforts, destination management, and product development. You'll also hear the benefits of international travelers in addition to domestic guests and how hospitality businesses can get involved, partner and profit through collaboration.
Guests: Teresa O'Neill, VP Global Strategic Partnerships, Travel OregonCarole Astley, Director Meeting Services, Travel Oregon
Advocacy Watch:• Madras food and beverage tax proposed• Portland Parks budget gaps, solutions proposed• Trump Administration's proposed tariffs on some European products• Taste Oregon Legislative Reception
Listener Question:Single-use plastics clarification on new laws
30. Preparing for the Worst
"Hospitality begins with safety," so this episode we're talking emergency preparedness. Althea Rizzo joins us from the Office of Emergency Management to help us boil down what businesses can do to prepare for a disaster. Learn more about how communities will respond, who is most vulnerable and what resources exist to help Oregon businesses be ready.
Guest:Althea Rizzo, Geologic Hazards Coordinator, Oregon Office of Emergency Management
Co-Host:Lori Little, Director of Communications, Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association
Hospitality Begins with Safety: TsunamiSafe.info
Ready Business QuakeSmart Toolkit
Pendleton's 3 New Taxes for Street Maintenance
Taste Oregon Legislative Reception
29. Scary Stories (and how the SBA helps small businesses)
Hear cautionary tales of the industry and how the Oregon Secretary of State's Office of Small Business Assistance can help. Discover how this resource team has helped other Oregon businesses, including those starting, growing or winding down a business. Learn what to do if you believe you've been subject to unreasonable or unfair state regulatory actions, including: investigations, excessive fines or penalties, even threats or other enforcement by a state agency.
Guests:Ruth Miles, Corporate Division Director, Tribal Liaison, Oregon Secretary of StateTrevor Leahy, Small Business Advocate, Oregon Secretary of State Office of Small Business Assistance
Food & Beverage taxes being considered
Burgerville Union strikes
Service charges, fees and tips
28. Word on The Street
ORLA's Greg, Nicole and Steve boil down some of the industry chatter around the state, what's happening where, and the overall trends impacting Oregon's hospitality industry. From an industry-insider perspective, they touch on Portland protests and the City's counter measures, why brewpubs are closing, and a new wave of suburban migration. Hear more about new food cart pod regulations, Corporate Activities Tax rule making, and the Federal DOJ overtime rule soon taking effect.
Guests:Nicole Peterson, ORLA Government AffairsSteve Scardina ORLA Regional Representative
Corporate Activity Tax rule making
Federal DOJ overtime rule
Credit card tip window for servers
27. Liquor Liters, CBD Consumables, and Cage-free Chickens
We've got the OLCC's Executive Director and Deputy Director in the house answering all our alcohol and marijuana-related industry questions. Our conversation boils down what the License Fee increases mean and how they will help fund automation and software upgrades in the future. You'll also hear about pilot projects with liter sizes, what is legal with CBD and edibles, and new acceptable IDs for Canadians via NEXUS cards.
Guests: Steve Marks, Executive Director, OLCCWill Higlin, Deputy Director, OLCC
Egg-laying hen protections (and enrichment) for 2024
Lottery Retailer Forums discuss Oregon Lottery's proposed commission rates
ORLA Regional Meetings are on the calendar; visit OregonRLA.org for details.