Industry News Archive

Restrictive scheduling is bad for employees and employers

Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association,
Urge your legislators to vote no on these costly, punitive bills.

Oregon tourism marketing budget doubles

June 20, 2017 - The Bulletin
A significant amount of the funds will go to regional tourism-promotion agencies.

Latest culinary pairing: ORLA and SAIF

June 19, 2017 -Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association
The partnership aims to reduce worker injuries and provides discounts for eligible ORLA members.

NRA applauds Trump apprenticeship expansion plan

June 15, 2017 - Nation's Restaurant News
NRAEF and AHLA recently launched an education and job training project for hospitality management.

AHLA launches "Search Smarter" Campaign

June 14, 2017 - AHLA
The campaign raises awareness of deceptive online marketing practices.

Labor Department rescinds joint-employer guidance

June 7, 2017 - Nation's Restaurant News
Advocacy groups welcomed the DOL's withdrawal as the first steps to rolling back onerous regulations.

House won’t repeal debit swipe fee protections

May 31, 2017 - Restaurant News Resource
Small businesses won't be stuck with a debit card tax on top of already thin operating margins.

Grauity-free Portland restaurants bring back tipping

May 22, 2017 - Eater
The experiment to combat income disparity between front-and-back-of-house had some success.

Bipartisan Oregon Equal Pay Act passes Senate

May 17, 2017 - State of Oregon
The bill now moves back to the House for further consideration.

Oregon's leisure and hospitality industry

May 17, 2017 - State of Oregon Employment Department
Nearly 200,000 jobs can be found across Oregon’s 13,215 leisure and hospitality establishments.

Push for stricter statewide regulation of tobacco retailers appears to falter

May 17, 2017 - Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association 
ORLA supports the smoking porch bill allowing confined smoking to outdoor portions of properties.

ORLA partners with Snagajob

May 10, 2017 - Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association
ORLA members receive discounts to industry-leading hourly hiring and talent management solutions.

Astoria eyes lodging tax to bankroll park needs

May 5, 2017 - The Daily Astorian
The Astoria City Council supports the idea of an increase to 12 percent.

House Democrats propose new tax rate for Oregon businesses

May 4, 2017 - The Oregonian

The proposal is a 0.95 percent tax on Oregon businesses' sales over $5 million.

Update on tip pooling case

May 3, 2017 - Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association 
SCOTUS issued an Order in ORLA's case, extending DOL’s time to file its response to our Cert Petition.

Sponsor a student intern at your business through SummerWorks

May 1, 2017 - Worksystems
View the employer information packet to learn how to join the employment and training program.

Breaking News: Menu labeling compliance date moved

May 1, 2017 - National Restaurant Association
The FDA is extending the compliance date for menu labeling to May 7, 2018.

$15 minimum wage draws bipartisan opposition from economists, politicians

April 28, 2017 - Employment Policies Institute
Research and real stories show the damage of extreme wage hikes.

ORLA poll finds restaurant employees are satisfied with scheduling

Apr. 26, 2017 - Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association
The results prove the Oregon restaurant community enjoys flexibility with its current practices.

Bridging the divide: Tip pooling and wage inequality

Apr. 26, 2017 - Nation's Restaurant News
ORLA has produced an income equality proposal to address the inequity.

Let's stand up for hospitality

Apr. 24, 2017 - Portland Business Journal
ORLA communicates the unique nature of hospitality jobs and how they open doors to Oregon’s economy.

Portland hosts Active America China Summit

April 19, 2017 - PR Newswire 
Hospitality businesses will present their offerings to North America's fastest-growing inbound tourism market.

ORLAEF launches Oregon tourism edition of Guest Service Gold® training

Apr. 18, 2017 - Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association Education Foundation
The training was created in collaboration with AHLEI and Travel Oregon to serve the hospitality industry.

River Inn at Seaside wins Nationwide Independent Lodging Award

Apr. 18, 2017 - River Inn at Seaside
The AAHOA award ranks among the most prestigious national awards for excellent service and guest satisfaction in the hotel industry.

McMinnville ProStart team featured on KGW 8

Apr. 11, 2017 - McMinnville School District
The high school culinary team prepared their entry for the National ProStart Invitational.

Lawmakers seek joint-employer delay

Apr. 7, 2017 - National Restaurant Association
Lawmakers request a one-year hold on the “harmful and confusing new definition of joint employers.”

Portland all-user restroom challenge

Apr. 6, 2017 - Eater
Portland Commissioner Fish challenges restaurants and bars to provide ‘all-user’ restrooms.

Wyden, Merkley seek to block immigration action in 'sensitive' places

Apr. 5, 2017 - KTVZ
Senators decry the administration's reckless approach.

ORLA’s statement on hotel tactics for the eclipse

Apr. 5, 2017 - Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association
ORLA responds to reports of unfair consumer practices relating to hotel reservations during the 2017 eclipse.

Soda tax proposal in Multnomah County

Apr. 4, 2017 - The Oregonian
Multnomah County voters may decide whether to tax soda and sugary beverages.

Travel Oregon hopes to boost outdoor recreation

Mar. 31, 2017 - The News-Review
The program will be boosted by a new 0.8 percent tax increase on hotel rates that goes into effect July 1.

How much are Portland bartenders and servers making?

Mar. 28, 2017 - Willamette Week
Skilled service workers are in huge demand.

NRA to Congress: Full-steam ahead on Small Business Health Fairness Act

Mar. 27, 2017 - Pizza Marketplace
NRA believes the legislation will lower the cost of employer-sponsored health plans.

Oregon lawmakers consider paid family leave proposal

Mar. 23, 2017 - Oregon Public Broadcasting
Oregon businesses would have to offer employees paid time off to care for children or family members.

Travel Southern Oregon names new director

Mar. 21, 2017 - Herald and News
The regional destination marketing organization based in Medford has hired local business owner Brad Niva.

Portland restricted from enforcing lodging tax regulations

Mar. 21, 2017 - The Oregonian
A judge temporarily bars Portland from enforcing parts of lodging tax code against HomeAway.

Oregon considers rule change for happy hour advertising

Mar. 20, 2017 - The Oregonian
This spring, the OLCC expects to review a confusing ban on some happy hour advertising.

Airbnb brings change to vacation-rental marketplace

Mar. 19, 2017 - Bend Bulletin
Bend collects more lodging tax through the Airbnb platform.

Trump travel ban blocked nationwide

Mar. 16, 2017 - WBEZ
A federal judge in Hawaii issued a nationwide temporary restraining order against the travel ban.

Paid family leave proposal attracts attention

Mar. 16, 2017 - The Oregonian
House Bill 3087 would set up a statewide family and medical leave insurance fund.

Hotel industry sounds alarm about Airbnb

Mar. 9, 2017 - Portland Tribune
A report shows growth of short-term rental companies competing with the commercial lodging industry.

Travel Southern Oregon symposium draws crowd

Mar. 6, 2017 - Herald and News
Travel Oregon CEO shared optimism about state trends in tourism.

Resources available for National Travel and Tourism Week

Mar. 1, 2017 - US Travel Association
The nationwide event championing the power of our industry is May 7-13 with the theme: Faces of Travel.

Weighing in on the tip pooling case

Feb. 23, 2017 - National Restaurant Association
Two top policy organizations filed amicus briefs with the Supreme Court to challenge the DOL’s stance.

Restrictive scheduling bills under consideration in Legislature

Feb. 23, 2017 - Statesman Journal
ORLA opposes the bills that deny workers flexibility.

AHLEF Opening Doors to Opportunity campaign raises $8.28 million

Feb. 22, 2017 - AHLA
Funds go toward hospitality scholarships, professional development, and research.

Tourism trends to be topic of Travel Southern Oregon symposium

Feb. 21, 2017 - Herald and News
Registration for the March 6th event in Klamath Falls is now open.

McMinnville H.S. wins Oregon ProStart Culinary Championships

Feb. 19, 2017 - ORLA Education Foundation
14 schools competed in ORLAEF’s statewide competition showcasing the hospitality industry’s future chefs.

Oregon sees potential in increasing Indian tourists

Feb. 17, 2017 - Global Travel Industry News
Travel Oregon's Todd Davidson took a trip to India to promote the state's attractions.

Oregon state budget town halls need your voice

Feb. 16, 2017 - ORLA
Town halls provide opportunities for industry members to voice their opinions on budget proposals.

Andrew Puzder withdraws as a labor secretary nominee

Feb. 15, 2017 - The Washington Post
As a restaurant executive, Puzder spent much of his career speaking against wage and labor regulations.

James Beard Awards 2017: Oregon dominates NW semifinalists

Feb. 15, 2017 - Portland Monthly
The lauded award foundation names 19 Beaver State notables.

Portland is cracking down on Airbnb

Feb. 15, 2017 - Willamette Week
Short-term rental operators will face immediate fines if they violate city rules and permitting requirements.

Salem high schools' menus set for culinary competition

Feb. 14, 2017 - Statesman Journal
In 60 minutes, teams will create and serve a three-course meal judged on taste and presentation.

CTE students prepare for ProStart Culinary Competition

Feb. 11, 2017 - The Register-Guard
Willamette High School culinary team feels the heat as the statewide cook-off contest draws near.

ORLA honors Restaurant Neighbor Award winners

Feb. 7, 2017 - Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association
The Oregon recipients will be recognized for their community engagement at ORLA's Convention.

Construction to begin on Hyatt Regency Portland

Feb. 3, 2017 - Metro
The hotel is expected to bring 950 permanent hotel, hospitality and tourism-related jobs.

Oregon governor seeks legal action against travel ban

Feb. 2, 2017 - OPB
Gov. Brown calls on the state’s attorney general to sue the federal government in response to the travel ban.

Labor Secretary nominee Puzder says he's divesting

Feb. 1, 2017 - The Associated Press
He is working to divest his assets from his fast food empire so he can be confirmed to the Cabinet post.

Employers urged to continue ACA compliance

Jan. 27, 2017 - Employee Benefit News
Until Congressional leadership materializes legislation, employers are advised to stick to the status quo.

Career tech graduation rates 11% higher than state average

Jan. 26, 2017 - Statesman Journal
Students who completed a career technical education course graduated at higher rates last year.

Overtime still up in the air

Jan. 25, 2017 - National Restaurant Association
The Restaurant Law Center asked a federal appeals court to keep the regulation on hold.

Form W-2 scam targets payroll and HR departments

Jan. 25, 2017 - IRS
The IRS warns about an email scam using a corporate officer’s name to request W-2 information.

ORLA launches a podcast

Jan. 24, 2017 - Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association
Boiled Down connects with a broader hospitality industry audience.

Why employer-sponsored coverage has to be protected

Jan. 24, 2017 - US Chamber of Commerce
155 million people under 65 years old get their health coverage through an employer.

Restaurant Law Center files petition with U.S. Supreme Court

Jan. 19, 2017 - National Restaurant Association
The case challenges the Department of Labor's anti tip-pooling stance.

Tax avoidance likely reason for lack of Airbnb permits

Jan. 19, 2017 - Portland Tribune
Some 2,500 short-term rental hosts failed to seek permits to operate legally in Portland as of November.

Possible TriMet service suspension

Jan. 19, 2017 - Fox 12 News
TriMet is prepared to suspend service in downtown Portland due to planned protests on Friday.

Inauguration Day protest alerts in Portland

Jan. 17, 2017 - Public Alerts
Access real-time emergency information in the Portland-area, including updates on protests.

OLCC warns businesses of impostors posing as agents

Jan. 13, 2017 - Oregon Liquor Control Commission
The OLCC warns liquor licensed businesses of fake agents demanding access to files.

Restaurant Law Center takes the fight to the courts

Jan. 12, 2017 - The Hill
Restaurant industry members, in conjunction with NRA, are launching the Restaurant Law Center.

Gov. Brown sets the stage for her next two years

Jan. 9, 2017 - Portland Business Journal
She vows to focus on good jobs, good health and quality education for citizens across the state.

At your service

Jan. 4, 2017 - Oregon Business
Travel and tourism drive Oregon’s economy. How can we better equip those working its frontlines?

Hotel operators weigh labor challenges and guest wants

Dec. 30, 2016 - Hotel News Now
Flexibility and focus will be required to get over the humps and drive revenue in 2017.

Registration for Oregon Rural Tourism Studio program now open

Dec. 28, 2016 - Bandon Western World
The series of tourism development workshops will will focus on the Southern Oregon Coast region.

Fall tourism campaigns bring visitors to Bend

Dec. 27, 2016 - Bend Bulletin
Tenth Month and Bend Ale Trail Month increased hotel occupancy rates by double-digit percentages.

State officials are walking back their sneak attack on smoking patios

Dec. 20, 2016 - The Portland Mercury
New state rules that outlawed many of Portland's smoking patios overnight have been extinguished for now.

Additional feedback opportunities for retirement savings plan

Dec. 20, 2016 - Oregon State Treasury
The plan will begin launching in phases in July and allow as many as 1 million workers to start saving.

Small employers expected to offer HRAs after law passed

Dec. 20, 2016 - Employee Benefit News
The 21st Century Cures Act re-opens the door for small companies to pay individual health policies.

Labor Department proceeds with appeal of overtime rule injunction

Dec. 15, 2016 - Nation's Restaurant News
The appeal defends the use of salary to determine overtime exemption.

Survey seeks input from Portland restaurant workers

Dec. 15, 2016 - Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association
The first-ever worker survey collects feedback from employees in advance of possible policy changes in 2017.

$5 billion tax proposal unveiled in wake of Measure 97's defeat

Dec. 13, 2016 - The Oregonian
A coalition of Oregon's largest public employee unions and other advocacy groups are behind the proposal.

Counties prevail in mandatory sick leave lawsuit

Dec. 9, 2016 - Albany Democrat-Herald
The ruling means counties are not required to provide sick leave to their employees.

ORLA welcomes new Director of Business Development

Dec. 9, 2016 - Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association
Former Chamber professional, Marla McColly, brings hospitality experience to ORLA.

Andy Puzder nominated as Labor Secretary

Dec. 8, 2016 - National Restaurant Association
As a member of the NRA, he brings extensive experience to the Labor Department.

New illegal smoking ban “Enclosed Area” definition 

Dec. 7, 2016 - Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association
The change directly impacts the operation of many of our members who utilize an outdoor patio.

The Trump challenge to Big Labor

Dec. 5, 2016 - The Washington Times
Union members’ swing right boosts the Employee Rights Act.

OSU launches courses for hospitality industry professionals

Dec. 5, 2016 - Oregon State University
Students will gain practical knowledge and build immediately applicable skill sets for a hospitality setting.

Tip pooling extension

Dec. 2, 2016 - Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association
Employers now have until at least January 19, 2017 to institute changes to mandatory tip pooling.

FDA publishes final rule on menu labeling compliance

Dec. 2, 2016 - U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
The Food and Drug Administration has extended the menu labeling compliance date to May 5, 2017.

2017 operations forecast: creative food, creative management

Dec. 1, 2016 - Restaurant Hospitality
Hard-to-control costs like staff retention may be offset by new ways to drive the top line next year.

Soda taxes gain wider acceptance

Nov. 26, 2016 - The New York Times
Voters stun the beverage industry by approving ballot measures in favor of soda taxes.

Overtime rule blocked; it will not take effect Dec. 1 

Nov. 22, 2016 - National Restaurant Association
The court’s action stops the rule nationwide, but today’s decision does not delay the rule indefinitely.

Oregon represented on NACTTI

Nov. 18, 2016 - Travel Oregon
Travel Oregon CEO was appointed to National Advisory Committee on Travel and Tourism Infrastructure.

Overtime rule challenges come down to the wire

Nov. 17, 2016 - Restaurant Hospitality
Court ruling on possible stay expected Nov. 22, but experts say don’t hold your breath.

Two of Oregon's biggest business associations are merging

Nov. 17, 2016 - Portland Business Journal
The new association will aim to provide a unified voice to policymakers on behalf of Oregon business.

Trump win paves way for high court review of tip-pool rule

Nov. 16, 2016 - Bloomberg BNA
The National Restaurant Association has decided it will ask the high court to review the rule’s legality.

Federal law alert: new form I-9 released

Nov. 16, 2016 - Mammoth HR
The old form will be valid through January 21, 2017.

ADA website accessibility lawsuits on the rise 

Nov. 14, 2016 - Sutherland
Any company offering “a place of public accommodation” online faces potential risks.

State Treasury seeks feedback on Oregon Retirement Savings Plan

Nov. 10, 2016 - Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association
The Oregon Treasury asks for hospitality industry involvement in focus groups and a pilot launch.

ORLA praises voters’ decision to defeat Measure 97

Nov. 8, 2016 - Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association
ORLA commends voters for opposing measure that would have hurt Oregon’s most vulnerable citizens.

Businesses address challenges to keep food out of the garbage

Nov. 4, 2016 - Oregon Metro
ORLA is supportive of efforts to get more food out of the garbage, but wary of any business requirements.

Hospitality sector awarded $1.8 million for apprenticeship initiative

Nov. 3, 2016 - NRAEF
NRAEF, AH&LA, and JFF will create new career opportunities with the funds.

Jack Joyce Scholarship invests in the future of fermentation

Nov. 2, 2016 - Brewpublic
The fund, created by Rogue Ales and Columbia Distributing, will award $70,000 to OSU students.

Selling Portland to Japan

Nov. 1, 2016 - Portland Tribune
Travel Oregon is working on a statewide level to bring Japanese visitors to the state.

Measure 97 fails the 'cost' test

Nov. 1, 2016 - Portland Tribune
It would force hotels and restaurants to either raise prices or cut jobs to stay in business.

The saga of a ship without a stove

Oct. 31, 2016 - Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association
The Amphibious Forces Memorial Museum seeks stoves to finalize their ship restoration.

Restaurants are key to training America’s workforce

Oct. 27, 2016 - Huffington Post
Restaurants act as a classroom for those opting out of higher education.

The hotels are coming — but does Portland need them?

Oct. 24, 2016 - Portland Business Journal
It seems like there's a glut in the pipeline, but there's still demand to be met.

Airbnb loses New York battle

Oct. 21, 2016 - Skift
A new bill heavily fines hosts who post listings that violate the state’s laws on short-term rentals.

Jordan Ramis attorney blasts court's 'flawed' tip-pooling decision

Oct. 5, 2016 - Portland Business Journal
Matthew Lowe writes that the court's decision to restrict the arrangements are baffling.

Pendleton teacher named finalist in Dream Big Teacher Challenge

Oct. 5, 2016 - Farmers insurance
Swaggart is among fifteen vying for a $100,000 educational grant to develop her school’s culinary program.

ORLA training program receives national award

Sept. 30, 2016 - Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association
The association's alcohol server course earns a bronze Excellence in Learning Award from Brandon Hall.

House passes overtime-delay bill on bipartisan vote

Sept. 29, 2016 - National Restaurant Association
The House passed a bill to delay the Department of Labor’s overtime regulation by six months.

'Flexible scheduling' legislation likely in Oregon’s 2017 session

Sept. 22, 2016 - The Oregonian
The proposal would likely mirror laws enacted in Seattle and San Francisco.

Seattle passes new scheduling rules for hourly workers

Sept. 19, 2016 - ABC News
Seattle City Council approved a new law requiring employers to schedule shifts 14 days in advance.

Flurry of new hotels under construction in Bend

Sept. 18, 2016 - Bend Bulletin
Bend could have 3,200 hotel rooms by 2018.

Airbnb to collect lodging taxes from its operators in Lane County

Sept. 15, 2016 - The Register-Guard
Airbnb has agreed to collect local and county room taxes from property owners.

Medford lodging hits a record

Sept. 14, 2016 - Mail Tribune
Overnight stays in Medford's motels and hotels produced record revenue for the fiscal years ending June 30.

‘Secure scheduling’ law appears likely to pass Seattle City Council

Sept. 13, 2016 - The Seattle Times
The "secure scheduling” law received unanimous approval by five committee members on Tuesday.

Stacy Shaw named Lottery’s director for corporate social responsibility

Sept. 7, 2016 - Oregon Lottery
Shaw will oversee the Lottery’s Responsible Gambling and Problem Gambling programs.

Ninth Circuit denies petition to review decision on tip pools

Sept. 6, 2016 - NRA / ORLA
A divided federal appeals court denied a petition to reconsider a decision on tip pooling.

Travel Oregon wins National Tourism Industry Award

Sept. 1, 2016 - PR Newswire
The 7 Wonders of Oregon campaign was honored as the Best Broadcast Advertising in the country.

Why some servers oppose safe scheduling legislation

Aug. 31, 2016 - Seattle Weekly
A Seattle full-service worker group objects to new rules that threaten existing freedom and flexibility.

Year out from eclipse, local hotels maxed out

Aug. 28 2016 - Statesman Journal
Tourism agencies anticipate it will bring more tourists to Oregon than the Olympic trials earlier this year

InnSight Hotel Management Group continues its commitment to growth

Aug. 17, 2016 - InnSight Hotel Management Group
The group hosted a Collaboration Through Candid Conversation Seminar for associates.

Owner of Cannon Beach Distillery calls for change in OLCC distribution laws

Aug. 16, 2016 - Fox 12
The commission is considering a change in state distribution laws after listening to the owner's argument.

Travel Oregon now a Certified Guest Service Partner

Aug. 16, 2016 - Hospitality Net
It is the first state tourism agency to earn this title from the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute.

Giving prior offenders a fair chance to work

Aug. 12, 2016 - The Hill
Restaurants provide an opportunity for individuals to enter the workforce regardless of their background.

Changes to shared tips for employees affect business

Aug. 1, 2016 - Nevada Business
Employers are advised to carefully review their practices until there is further ruling by the Ninth Circuit.

How online travel agencies manipulate search results

July 31, 2016 - The Huffington Post
The “dimming” practice has quickly spread to affect properties in the United States.

Why raising the minimum wage in Seattle did little to help workers

July 29, 2016 - The Washington Post
A new study shows actual benefits to workers might be minimal.

Details emerging on Oregon Retirement Savings Plan

July 20, 2016 - Oregon State Treasury
Employers statewide are influencing the design of the plan which will begin enrollment July 2017.

Pokemon Go is boosting business for restaurants

July 13, 2016 - Independent
Restaurants are utilizing app features to attract customers.

Hotel boom increases Portland’s rooms by 40 percent

July 9, 2016 - The Oregonian
Investors and developers are betting on Portland’s ongoing emergence as a travel destination.

Appeals court overturns swipe fee settlement

July 5, 2016 - Associations Now
A settlement concerning transaction fees between retailers and Visa and MasterCard was thrown out.

Dividend declared for Liberty Mutual insurance program

June 27, 2016 - Liberty Mutual
ORLA Safety Group Property & Liability Program to see 9% dividend.

ACA information reporting deadline approaches

June 22, 2016 - IRS
The deadline to electronically file information returns with the IRS is June 30.

New city tax threatens marketplace demand for hotels

June 20, 2016 - Beaverton Valley Times (ORLA Op-Ed)
ORLA opposes City of Beaverton's bid for a new 4% lodging tax to fund arts center.

Massive new tax for Oregon will be on the ballot

June 17, 2016 - ORLA / Defeat The Tax Campaign
Initiative Petition 28 would impose $6B in taxes and derail the state's economic progress.

Oregon adopts rules as new tiered minimum wage set to start

June 15, 2016 - KTVZ
Rules cover issues such as workers performing duties in multiple areas.

Six prominent Portland restaurants to adopt “Gratuity Free” logo

June 13, 2016 - Willamette Week
Restaurateurs to implement a uniform way of communicating to guests that their establishments are tip-free.

Oregon races to finalize rules for marijuana, issue licenses

June 8, 2016 - The Charlotte Observer

After months of public hearings, Oregon races to finalize recreational marijuana regulations.

FDA releases voluntary sodium targets for restaurants

June 1, 2016 - FDA

The draft guidance is open for public comment.

Tourism numbers surge in Central Oregon and rest of state

May 26, 2016 - The Bulletin

Oregon sees $10.8 billion in tourism spending in 2015.

How overtime overhaul may harm restaurant employees

May 19, 2016 - The Hill

Changes challenge flexibility, teamwork, and upward mobility opportunities in the restaurant industry.

Labor Department unveils overtime rule

May 18, 2016 - Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association

The new federal overtime rule will go into effect Dec. 1, 2016.

How employers can prepare for overtime rule changes

May 12, 2016 - CSA

Pending final rules, businesses should be proactive in evaluating the impact of the new rules.

Oregon sets $10.6B tourism record with international attention

May 10, 2016 - Portland Business Journal

Collaboration among industry members across the state has helped growth.

More tourism funds going to be available

May 8, 2016 - Herald and News

The statewide Transient Lodging Tax will increase from 1.0 percent to 1.8 percent after July 1.

FDA issues final guidance on menu labeling

Apr. 29, 2016 - US Food and Drug Administration

The guidance is an important resource to help businesses comply with the menu labeling final rule.

Minimum wage rule overreaches

Apr. 28, 2016 - Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association

BOLI draft rules are problematic for small employers, especially those with employees working / delivering in multiple destinations.

Bend City Council puts road funding on hold

Apr. 28, 2016 - Bend Bulletin

Bend needs more money for street work in summer 2017.

Sponsors suspend effort to privatize Oregon liquor sales

Apr. 27, 2016 - The Oregonian

Sponsors of a push to privatize liquor sales in Oregon have called off their attempt to get the measure on the November ballot.

Drive-through FAQ sheet with industry responses

Apr. 14, 2016 - Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association

Industry responses to the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability’s drive-through fact sheet. 

ORLA launches social media campaign to stop the ban on Portland drive-throughs

Apr. 13, 2016 - Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association
ORLA has launched a campaign asking members of the Portland City Council to rethink their approach to harmful restrictions on Portland drive-through locations. 

Chef Wieweck raises the bar at South Salem

Apr. 4, 2016 - Statesman Journal

South Salem culinary team's menu is something you'd expect to find at a Michelin Star restaurant.

A new challenge to Oregon's outdated liquor monopoly

Mar. 29, 2016 - The Oregonian

The state would be taken out of the liquor business if measure to privatize liquor sales passes in November.

Labor Department drops unionization bombshell

Mar. 24, 2016 - Restaurant Business

The new disclosure requirement extends to communications between the employer and the consultant.

Oregon grapples with minimum wage consequences

Mar. 21, 2015 - The Guardian

Small businesses concerned at the state’s pledge to raise its rate over six years to the highest in the country.

Overtime rule causes unintentional damage to workers

Mar. 17, 2016 - American Hotel & Lodging Association

Public and private sectors unite in support of legislation to halt proposed Department of Labor Rule on overtime.

ORLA reviews tip pooling options for Oregon restaurants

Mar. 11, 2016 - Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association

Following the recent ruling on tip pools, ORLA shares recommended options for Oregon operators.

ORLA’s CEO talks minimum wage and tip pooling

Mar. 11, 2016 - Gator's Radio Experience (KYKN)

Jason Brandt, ORLA's president and CEO, speaks candidly about the impact of minimum wage and tip pooling legislation on restaurants.

Oregon passes statewide lodging tax increase

Mar. 8, 2016 - Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association

ORLA wants to ensure future conversations on local room tax changes have presence of lodging industry.

Tip pooling options for Oregon restaurants

Mar. 7, 2016 - Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association

Following the recent ruling on tip pools, ORLA shares recommended options for Oregon operators.

Will minimum wage hike make waiters obsolete?

Mar. 7, 2016 - KOIN 6

Profit margins are so small restaurants may raise prices, cut server hours and discourage tipping.

Oregon's minimum wage hikes coming July 1 create wage inequities

Mar. 4, 2016 - Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association

ORLA continues discussions on tip credit as a solution to wage inequity with minimum wage hikes.

Sponsors of $15 minimum wage bill drop Oregon initiative

Mar. 7, 2016 - OPB

The $15 campaign concedes to dropping ballot measure, may focus on union organizing.

Tip pooling decision not finalized in Oregon

Feb. 29, 2016 - Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association

U.S. Circuit Court Of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit overturns its own decision on tip pools.

Unions back down on minimum wage ballot measure

Feb. 29, 2016 - The Oregonian

Unions pushing ballot measures for a $13.50 minimum wage suspended their efforts.

South Salem takes first at statewide culinary event

Feb. 27, 2016 - ORLA Education Foundation

The culinary team from South Salem H.S. placed first at the Oregon ProStart Championships.

Oregon House approves hotel tax increase

Feb. 22, 2016 - Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association

The proposal to raise the state lodging tax gives opportunity to market Oregon to the world.

Minimum wage hike passes House despite strong opposition

Feb. 18, 2016 - Defend Oregon Jobs Coalition

The House passed a massive minimum wage hike today that will kill an estimated 66,100 jobs over the next seven years.

Legislators: Be flexible on lodging tax

Feb. 15, 2016 - The Register-Guard

The key will be to remain flexible and find a way to allow lawmakers feel as though they have a stake in HB 4146.

Senate approves minimum wage increase

Feb. 11, 2016 - Herald and News

ORLA joins business groups urging the House to defeat this plan that hurts Oregon jobs.

Mammoth HR selected as preferred HR provider

Jan. 22, 2016 - ORLA

New partnership provides HR support and consulting to Oregon’s restaurants and lodging companies .

Is It Time to Rethink Gratuity in Restaurants?

Jan. 20, 2016 - Entrepreneur

Bottom-line necessity and common sense are reasons to abolish tipping.

Governor's minimum wage proposal would bring job losses

Jan. 14, 2016 - Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association

ORLA fervently opposes minimum wage proposal without tip credit provision.

ORLA to Legislators: Tip credit must be part of the plan

Jan. 14, 2016 - Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association

The association educates Legislators on why a tip credit is good for Oregon (pdf).

Kate Brown's minimum wage plan pushes for two regions.

Jan. 14, 2016 - The Oregonian

The Governor’s minimum wage plan is to reach $15.52 for Portland and $13.50 everywhere else.

Dietary guidelines released: good news for restaurants

Jan. 7, 2016 -

The Guidelines highlight a comprehensive approach for food services in supporting healthy eating patterns.

Analysis: Look for banner 2016 for hotel industry

Jan. 4, 2016 - Hotel Management

The demand for the end of the year is expected to reach levels that haven't been seen since 1981.

Battle over OLCC privatization unites unlikely allies

Dec. 29, 2015 - Willamette Week

AFSCME partners with Beverage PAC to fight grocery-industry funded measure.

Big challenges for small businesses

Dec. 26, 2015 - The Oregonian

Small businesses have reason to enter 2016 with even more trepidation.

Oregon targeted by unions for key minimum wage fight

Dec. 21, 2015 - The Oregonian

SEIU Local 503 started a political action committee dedicated to financing ballot measures.

Statewide meetings discuss facts about the state lodging tax

Dec. 20, 2015 - Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association

ORLA is meeting with members across the state to discuss lodging tax and investments in Oregon's hospitality industry.

Ballot measures, session in Salem on collision course

Dec. 20, 2015 - The Bulletin

Big issues are headed to the ballot set to divide businesses, voters and lawmakers.

Portland’s closed captioning law ignored business’ concerns

Dec. 18, 2015 -

The City dismissed a compromise solution, mandating closed captioning on all TVs all the time.

Democrats call for deal with businesses on tax measure

Dec. 14, 2015 - The Oregonian

Legislative leaders are looking for compromises on wage and tax issues in 2016.

New IRS rules simplify remodeling deductions

Dec. 7, 2015 - National Restaurant Association

The procedure provides a safe harbor method of accounting for costs.

Facts about the state lodging tax

Dec. 7, 2015 - Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association

The statewide lodging tax may move from 1 to 2 percent in support of larger hospitality investments in Oregon. Learn more.

Uber and Lyft secure their place in Portland

Dec. 2, 2015 - The Oregonian

Portland approved a new set of rules governing Uber, Lyft and taxis.

Stronger 'ban the box' rules for employers

November 25, 2015 - The Oregonian

Portland City Commissioner Hales said the state's version didn't go far enough.

Despite opposition, Portland requires constant closed captioning

November 20, 2015 - ORLA

City Council passed a law requiring activation of closed captioning on all televisions all the time.

Convention Center hotel challenge goes to state Supreme Court

November 12, 2015 - The Oregonian

Opponents can't challenge the county's ability to decide how to use a tax it already collects.

Seven questions about mandatory sick leave

October 28, 2015 - Oregon Business

Employers have a number of significant decisions to make in deciding how to implement their sick leave policies.

Portland sues over short-term rental violations

October 21, 2015 - The Oregonian

The city accused of failing to collect hotel taxes.

Union-led group announces ballot measure for $13.50 minimum wage

September 28, 2015 - The Oregonian

Group is lining up a second ballot measure in hopes of sparking action by state lawmakers.

ORLA members save $858,000 in workers compensation costs

September 29, 2015 - Liberty Mutual

Liberty Mutual announced an overall retrospective rating adjustment and savings of $858,000 for businesses.

Minimum wage tops Oregon lawmakers’ list this week

September 28, 2015 - The Oregonian

Legislators gather in Salem this week for a preview of 2016 issues.

Big setback for franchises in Seattle’s $15 wage battle

September 25, 2015 - Seattle PI

The IFA sought to block a provision that classifies franchise food outlets as large employers.

25 Oregon counties, cities ban marijuana businesses

September 22, 2015 - Portland Business Journal

Some areas of the state have the option of banning marijuana-related businesses.

ORLA fights for minimum wage 'common sense'

September 17, 2015 - The Register-Guard

For the first time since 2010, Oregon’s minimum wage, which is tied to inflation, won’t rise in 2016.

FDA issues more guidance on menu-labeling law

September 11, 2015 - U.S. Food and Drug Administration

The FDA released additional draft guidance to help restaurateurs comply with the menu-labeling law.

ORLA fights for minimum wage 'common sense'

September 17, 2015 - The Register-Guard

For the first time since 2010, Oregon’s minimum wage, which is tied to inflation, won’t rise in 2016.

Unemployment rate in Oregon rises despite jobs gains

September 15, 2015 - Portland Business Journal

The state added 4,400 jobs in August, with leisure and hospitality leading the way.

FDA issues more guidance on menu-labeling law

September 11, 2015 - U.S. Food and Drug Administration

The FDA released additional draft guidance to help restaurateurs comply with the menu-labeling law.

Loyalty programs may put consumer data at risk

September 10, 2015 - HotelNewsNow

Loyalty programs are popular and influential, but they also carry cybersecurity risks.

Legislation would roll back joint-employer definition

September 9, 2015 - Portland Business Journal

New bills would restore the NLRB’s previous joint-employer standard for franchisors and franchisees.

Oregon economy expected to stay on stable course

September 3, 2015 - Portland Tribune

For sectors paying less, such as food and hospitality, they say wages are just keeping pace with inflation.

Oregon business owners: The 'Cadillac Tax' may affect you

August 25, 2015 - Portland Business Journal

One in four employers could be affected by the ACA’s “Cadillac Tax” in 2018.

Oregon jobs in 2014: hospitality industry still growing

August 24, 2015 - Oregon Employment Department

Leisure and hospitality businesses enjoyed some of the largest absolute gains in jobs.

Coos County green-lights hotel room tax

August 14, 2015 - The World

An ordinance to impose a 10 percent transient lodging tax will go to the voters.

Businesses brace for game-changing labor decision

August 12, 2015 - The Hill

Labor ruling would redefine what constitutes an “employer.”

OSU-Cascades debuts hospitality management program

August 2, 2015 - The Bulletin

The new hospitality degree hopes to keep local talent for the industry.

AH&LA comes out against Expedia-Orbitz merger

August 6, 2015 - Lodging Magazine

The hotel industry urges against proposed merger between Expedia and Orbitz.

NRA pushes for extension on overtime comments

July 31, 2015 - National Restaurant Association

The association has requested an extension to allow more substantive comments on the new regulations.

Convention Center hotel plan clears another challenge

July 29, 2015 - The Oregonian

The Oregon Court of Appeals knocked down one of several efforts to block.

Hospitality industry impacted by new overtime rules

July 27, 2015 - WageWatch

The potential impact of these rule changes greatly exceeds the impact of raising the minimum wage.

Two groups propose conflicting minimum wage proposals for ballot

July 22, 2015 - The Oregonian

Activists are already bracing for a fight with business groups.

Seattle's minimum-wage increase sparks tipping debate

July 15, 2015 - Restaurant Business

Some restaurants have made changes to their tipping policies.

Workplace laws that passed in the Legislature

July 12, 2015 - The Oregonian

Several workplace issues passed in the Oregon Legislature during the 2015 session.

FDA announces 1-year delay in menu-labeling rule

July 9, 2015 - National Restaurant Association

Additional guidance will help restaurateurs understand how to implement the law.

DOL releases proposed FLSA overtime rules changes

June 30, 2015 - National Law Review

The revisions would more than double the minimum salary threshold for exemptions.

Groups seeking $15 minimum wage on ballot

June 30, 2015 - The Oregonian

Labor groups submitted 2,000 petition signatures for a ballot measure.

Legislature passes state-run retirement plan

June 17, 2015 - Oregon Business

The major concern is the bill would create more costs for small businesses.

Oregon Lottery Commission chair steps down

June 26, 2015 - Statesman Journal

Dozono is stepping down after her law firm filed a lawsuit against the lottery.

Wage Wars: The battle for a higher minimum wage

June 24, 2015 - Willamette Week

Even progressive businesses worry about a rush to raise minimum wage.

Paid sick leave wins final approval from Oregon Legislature

June 12, 2015 - The Oregonian

Bill will require employers with 10 or more workers to give them up to five paid sick days a year.

Online booking scams targeted

June 10, 2015 - American Hotel & Lodging Association

AH&LA urges FTC to investigate online booking deceptions.

Unions want a $15 minimum wage for everyone…except themselves

May 29, 2015 - National Restaurant Association

The push for higher minimum wages is also a matter of survival for unions.

Keiser negotiates land for Bandon Muni project

May 26, 2015 - Club & Resort Business

The plan is for a Bandon Muni course with affordable prices for the locals.

Hopes for higher minimum wage fade

May 24, 2015 - The Oregonian

Legislators introduced 14 bills on the minimum wage.

Top bar trends from the NRA Show

May 21, 2015 - National Restaurant Association

NRA show highlighted the latest beverage alcohol trends.

Health costs to rise 10% next year

May 19, 2015 - Portland Business Journal

Insurers are reporting continued rising premiums into next year.

Paid sick leave on the move

May 6, 2015 - Portland Tribune

Oregon would be the fourth state to approve a requirement for paid sick leave.

Newspapers on PERS: A deal is a deal

May 6, 2015 - Statesman Journal

Views on the court’s ruling that most reforms from 2013 were unconstitutional.

Bandon Dunes won't fight proposed lodging tax

May 5, 2015 - The World

Prospect of a potential transient lodging tax seems likely.

Tourism breaks record for economic impact, jobs in Oregon

May 4, 2015 - Travel Oregon

Travel-generated employment increased for the second consecutive year.

Oregon Lottery: Facing difficult politics

April 30, 2015 - The Oregonian

A pair of bills have emerged as the only lottery legislation likely to win approval.

Oregon Lottery: Facing difficult politics

April 30, 2015 - The Oregonian

A pair of bills have emerged as the only lottery legislation likely to win approval.

Bill to clear way for convention center hotel headed to governor

April 27, 2015 - The Oregonian

Senate Bill would give the Metro the authority to finance the hotel.

Which bills are still alive in the Oregon Legislature

April 22, 2015 - The Oregonian

Tuesday marked the day by which bills had to receive a committee vote or perish.

Eugene lands 2021 World Outdoor Championships

April 17, 2015 - The Register-Guard

The Outdoor Championship marks the third IAAF event held in Oregon.

Interpreting the minimum wage debate requires context

April 16, 2015 - The Oregonian

The debate over raising Oregon's minimum wage prompted a four-hour public hearing.

Minimum wage bills may go to the ballot

April 14, 2015 - The Oregonian

The attempt to seek a ballot measure shows advocates of an increase are unwilling to compromise.

Travel Oregon presents ORLA CEO with industry award

April 12, 2015 - Travel Oregon

Steve McCoid was presented the Oregon Tourism Leadership Award from Travel Oregon.

Legal weed might help fill up hotel rooms

April 10, 2015 - Portland Business Journal

Travelers are showing interest in states that have made recreational marijuana legal.

Mobile to account for a third of digital sales this year

April 6, 2015 - Travel Pulse

The travel industry sees 27 percent of its digital sales via mobile devices.

Businesses can raise minimum wages without state's help

April 7, 2015 - The Oregonian

The fate of many Oregon small businesses depends on Legislative bills.

Portland taxi drivers protest special rules for Uber

April 6, 2015 - The Oregonian/p>

Uber pays fines as taxi recommendations go to City Council.

Sick leave issue stalling in Oregon Legislature

March 31, 2015 - Statesman Journal

Two bills designed to give most Oregonians paid sick leave have stalled in the Legislature.

Portland delays action on citywide 'Ban the Box'

March 27, 2015 - The Oregonian

Proposal would require that most employers wait to ask about their criminal background.

Coos County looks at lodging tax

March 28, 2015 - Coos Bay World

New tax would only apply to unincorporated areas, targeting Bandon Dunes Resort area.

Sick leave issue stalling in Oregon Legislature

March 31, 2015 - Statesman Journal

Two bills designed to give most Oregonians paid sick leave have stalled in the Legislature.

Portland delays action on citywide 'Ban the Box'

March 27, 2015 - The Oregonian

Proposal would require that most employers wait to ask about their criminal background.

Travel Oregon CEO named national chair of U.S. Travel

March 29, 2015 - The Oregonian

Todd Davidson will guide the association's efforts to aggressively highlight the role of the U.S. travel industry.

Coos County looks at lodging tax

March 28, 2015 - Coos Bay World

New tax would only apply to unincorporated areas, targeting Bandon Dunes Resort area.

$15 minimum wage bill dead in Oregon Senate

March 26, 2015 - Mail Tribune

Senate President said a $15 hourly minimum wage bill won't make it to the floor this session.

Reasons for caution on Oregon minimum-wage increase

March 22, 2015 - Statesman Journal

A historical review of the minimum wage is needed to inform Oregon's debate.

Why restaurants need to worry about patent trolls

March 19, 2015 - National Restaurant Association

Patent trolls are attempting to extract large settlements for using common technology.

Metro takes headquarter hotel to Oregon Legislature

March 18, 2015 - Willamette Week

Metro is asking state lawmakers for a bill to assure the project is exempt from a vote.

Why 'ambush elections' don't work

March 17, 2015 - National Restaurant Association

“Ambush-election” rule to cut the time between a petition to unionize and a vote by more than half.

The $15 question: Legislature grapples with minimum wage

March 8, 2015 - Statesman Journal

Lawmakers have introduced a half-dozen bills in both the House and the Senate.

Oregon's workers' comp system holds steady

March 4, 2015 - The Oregonian

Oregon has still seen workers' comp rates plummet below national average.

Portland Hilton increases employee wages as call intensifies

March 4, 2015 - Hotel Management

Union reaches agreement with the Hilton Portland for a three-year contract to raise wages.

Compliance deadline passes for Airbnb

February 24, 2015 - The Oregonian

Few have complied with the city's new rules requiring permits.

Oregon should expect a tax kicker this year

February 20, 2015 - Statesman Journal

Oregon's economic growth forecasts an individuals tax kicker in 2015.

Oregon ProStart H.S. Culinary Championships: top 5 teams

February 28, 2015 - Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association Education Foundation

South Salem High School culinary team takes first place, on to nationals in April.

Sysco defends merger with US Foods

February 20, 2015 - Nation’s Restaurant News

A team of antitrust litigators has launched a vigorous defense on behalf of Sysco Corp.

Proposed sick leave law raises concerns among business groups

February 16, 2015 - The Oregonian

Senate Republicans released an ambitious agenda for the 2015 session.

Legislative fallout from the Governor’s resignation

February 13, 2015 - Portland Business Journal

Business groups should consider whether policy agendas need to adjust.

Eugene sick leave law may go on hold

February 11, 2015 - The Register-Guard

City Council considers delaying implementation while the Legislature takes up a statewide proposal.

Bipartisan bill would bring restaurant taxes down—permanently

February 11, 2015 - National Restaurant Association

Congress considers bills to put in place a 15-year tax depreciation schedule.

Final rules released for Eugene paid sick leave

February 3, 2015 - City of Eugene

Administrative rules implementing Eugene’s Paid Sick Leave Ordinance are now available.

Oregon Lottery to keep current retailer rate structure

January 30, 2015 - The Oregonian

The Commission rejected a proposal to give video gambling retailers a larger cut of the profits.

Raise the state lodging tax: Editorial

Jan. 28, 2015 - The Oregonian

The proposal to raise the state lodging tax gives opportunity to market Oregon to the world.

Portland votes to force greater compliance of short-term rentals

January 21, 2015 - The Oregonian

City Council voted to adopt new rules intended to boost compliance of short-term rentals.

Portland Mayor calls for $15 minimum wage

January 30, 2015 - The Oregonian

Hales outlined specific policy proposals he plans to roll out in the coming months.

Portland votes to force greater compliance of short-term rentals

January 21, 2015 - The Oregonian

City Council voted to adopt new rules intended to boost compliance of short-term rentals.

OSU-Cascades launches Hospitality Management degree

January 10, 2015 - The Bulletin

Bend campus will launch a new program in hospitality management thanks to ORLA.

AAA awards Four Diamond rating to 15 Oregon hotels

January 16, 2015 - The Oregonian

Several hotel properties captured AAA's Four Diamond rating in Oregon.

Minimum wage increase, mandatory sick leave in coming session

January 12, 2015 - The Oregonian

Democrats introduced a number of bills including ones aimed at raising minimum wage.

December restaurant sales reach 8-year high

January 9, 2015 - Nation’s Restaurant News

Low gas prices, rising employment result in robust month for the industry.

House passes bill to raise ACA's standard for full-time work

January 8, 2015 - The Hill

Industry groups asking Congress to return the definition of full-time to 40 hours.

New year rings in higher state minimum wage

January 2, 2015 - Portland Tribune

The increase is automatic and linked with the Consumer Price Index.

Preparing for statewide paid sick leave

December 15, 2014 - Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association

Paid sick leave is likely issue for 2015 legislative session.

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Oregon hospitality leaders honored with statewide awards

August 22, 2014 - Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association

ORLA names Kimmel (Marche) and Thompson (Hotel Monaco) with top Hospitality Industry Awards.

Mobile food units in Salem may expand

July 7, 2014 - Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association

The City of Salem is considering expanding their mobile food unit ordinance.

Notice of Visa/MC class action settlement

February 13, 2013 - ORLA

Recently merchants have been notified of a proposed class action settlement.

Can restaurant operators ban guns on their property?

December 31, 2012 - ORLA

With the recent gun violence sweeping across the nation, questions have been raised on whether restaurateurs can ban guns on their private property. As private property and business owners, they should be able to legally bar or allow guns on their premises.

Eugene Businesses Encouraged to Post Car Theft Prevention Posters

June 1, 2012 - ORLA

The Eugene Police Department is preparing for the 2012 Olympic Trials by educating area businesses on how to prevent property crime to the business, employees and guests. Businesses can download car theft prevention flyers to post inside the operations to inform guests and customers about the large scale event.

DOL Enforcement Audits Target Employee Classifications

May 14, 2012 - Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association

US Department of Labor (DOL) has already begun enforcement audits in their declared target area of greater Portland - both restaurants and lodging operations. DOL is looking for common violations such as incorrectly classifying non-exempt employees. Employers should consider a few important questions before classifying an employee exempt or non-exempt.

DOL Targets Oregon in Enforcement Audits

May 9, 2012 - Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association

ORLA discussed increased enforcement audits in the Ninth Circuit jurisdiction (which includes Oregon) with the US Department of Labor (DOL) recently. Most operators are aware that the DOL issued a bulletin stating that tip pooling could not be extended to back of the house employees. This change is in direct conflict to the Woody Woo case.

Lottery retailers urged to comment on proposed rule

May 3, 2012 - Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association

Lottery retailers are urged to contact the Lottery Commission and let it know that the proposed rule is overly broad and will negatively affect retailers across the state. If adopted, the rule will automatically close dozens of retailers, increase the state’s exposure to lawsuits, and decrease retailer confidence in the Lottery.