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.
38. Misconceptions, Eligibility and Best Practices Applying for the ERTC
Think you’re not qualified for the Employee Retention Tax Credit (ERTC) or not taking advantage of it yet? ORLA held a successful webinar recently on the subject and discussed some of the misconceptions about eligibility and how this tax credit could provide significant savings for our industry members. Boiled Down rebroadcasts the interview portion of the July webinar and talks briefly about some key advocacy updates.
Tom Perrick, Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association
John Barofsky, Beppe & Gianni’s Trattoria
Krista Caulkins, Think LLP
Sales tax on meals proposals in Cannon Beach and Newport
2021 Legislative Session had some key wins for hospitality
37. Legislative Session Won’t Further Damage Oregon Hospitality
In a year like no other, we look at how the 2021 Legislative Session will affect Oregon’s hospitality industry. Our guest and Contract Lobbyist, Bill Perry of Balance Point Strategies delves into the changes to the legislative format during the pandemic and how that has altered the exchange of information. We also talk about what hospitality-related bills came up, died, and what is still in play. Discover the latest with TLT, lottery, mobile gaming, scheduling, and making cocktails to-go permanent. We will also touch on the pitfalls of a possible Alcohol Task Force, intellectual property protections for restaurants from third-party delivery services who publish menus without consent, and how recycling and environmental protections are creating winners and losers.
Bill Perry, Balance Point Strategies
Klamath Falls and John Day weigh Transient Lodging Tax increases
OLCC Commission votes to increase prices on some of the lowest priced alcohol
Restaurant Revitalization Fund sample application and guidance now available
Where can I find additional Covid-times training for my staff? (For the answer, see "Providing Service While Supporting Safety" training)
36. Bonus Episode: State of the Oregon Hospitality Industry
State of the Oregon Hospitality Industry
35. Integrating New Workplace Standards
Together with SAIF Corporation experts, we try to highlight and clarify some of the new guidance Oregon’s hospitality professionals are putting into place. Hear some real-life examples of how organizations are putting procedures in place and some of the challenges in implementing the new rules. Learn about what you can and cannot mandate surrounding vaccines, what notifications you’ll need to do if a COVID-19 exposure occurs, and more about face coverings (who needs them, wash and replace, and how many employers expected to provide). We will also explore what new rules we can expect to become permanent.
Liz Hill, Total Worker Health Advisor, Safe and Healthy Workplace Center, SAIF Corporation
Kim Henry, Industry Hygienist, Safe and Healthy Workplace Center, SAIF Corporation
Oregon Health Authority - Dedicated Vaccine Page
Providing Service While Supporting Safety (Guest Service course during COVID-19)
Over 100 bills on ORLA’s engage/watch list
Campaign to remove Oregon’s Extreme Risk category
Federal level update: PPP Round 2, New COVID-19 Relief Package with Restaurant Grant Program
New guidance for Lottery retailers in the 'Extreme Risk' category.
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.
Teresa O'Neill, VP Global Strategic Partnerships, Travel Oregon
Carole Astley, Director Meeting Services, Travel Oregon
• 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
Single-use plastics clarification on new laws
Fantastic insight and information for operators and others in the trade.