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Industry News

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.

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.

Changes coming to state workplaces

December 27, 2014 - The Register-Guard

A handful of big changes are coming to the Oregon workplace in 2015.

The Ram restaurants become employee owned

December 22, 2014 - CSG Partners

Team members acquired ownership through a newly formed Employee Ownership Stock Plan (ESOP).

New mileage rates available

December 20, 2014 - IRS

The standard mileage rate for business rise in 2015.

Uber agrees to leave Portland for 3 months

December 18, 2014 - The Oregonian

City Hall will attempt to revamp its regulations to allow the company's services.

Ambush Election Rule speeds up union process

December 18, 2014 - The National Law Review

The NLRB rule severely limits an employer’s ability to respond during unionization efforts.

Heathman Hotel sold; exec team out

December 17, 2014 - Portland Business Journal

Heathman Hotel has been sold to LaSalle Hotel Properties of Bethesda, Maryland.

Industry groups sue over hotel-specific wage increase

December 16, 2014 - Los Angeles Times

The lawsuit against the City of L.A. challenges a hotel-only $15.37 wage.

Preparing for statewide paid sick leave

December 15, 2014 - Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association

Paid sick leave is likely issue for 2015 legislative session.

Latest Press Releases

Oregon Hospitality Leaders Honored with 2014 Statewide Awards

August 22, 2014 - ORLA

Seaside High School Wins 2014 Oregon ProStart Culinary Championship

March 3, 2014 - ORLA

95 Oregon H.S. Prostart Culinary Students Compete For $180,000 In Scholarships

February 17, 2014 - ORLA