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Industry News

Restaurant sales remain dampened in February

March 13, 2014 - National Restaurant Association

NRA economist breaks down the latest retail sales figures.

Hotels enhance efforts to comply with ADA

March 12, 2014 - Hotel Management

Hotels are now expected to fully comply with the updated standards established in 2010.

Restaurants prepare for changes in credit card technology

March 12, 2014 - Nation's Restaurant News

Shift to EMV payment standard requires major updates to point-of-sale systems.

IRS releases final ACA reporting rules for employers

March 5, 2014 - US Dept. of the Treasury

Rules detail how IRS will enforce compliance with individual and employer mandates.

Voters won't get to weigh in on HQ hotel backing

March 3, 2014 - The Oregonian

Judge rejects project opponents' appeal for vote on proposed subsidy.

Seaside H.S. takes first place in state competition

March 2, 2014 - ORLA

Oregon ProStart H.S. Culinary Championships crown top schools and students.

Governor Hotel earns new name

February 28, 2014 - Portland Business Journal

Provenance Hotel Group has changed the name of the updated Governor Hotel.

One lottery bill survives, one doesn't

February 26, 2014 - The Oregonian

ORLA's Bill Perry talks about the group's concerns with lottery reform legislation.

Eugene eyes sick leave law

February 25, 2014 - The Register-Guard

City Council to study an ordinance that would require time off with pay.

ProStart alumnus finds success in Bend's restaurant scene

February 24, 2014 - YouTube

Genaro Vargas is making a significant contribution to the restaurant industry in Bend.

Bill to allow hard liquor sales in grocery stores fails

February 13, 2014 - The Statesman Journal

Liquor privatization bill transforms into a task force to study the issue.

How latest change in healthcare bill impacts restaurants

February 11, 2014 - Nation's Restaurant News

Employers now have the final rules and an employer mandate delay.

Proposed union rules would reduce employer rights

February 13, 2014 - National Restaurant Association

NLRB has resurrected its push for sped-up union elections.

Bill to allow hard liquor sales in grocery stores fails

February 13, 2014 - The Statesman Journal

Liquor privatization bill transforms into a task force to study the issue.

How latest change in healthcare bill impacts restaurants

February 11, 2014 - Nation's Restaurant News

Employers now have the final rules and an employer mandate delay.

HQ hotel: processing of petition signatures may begin

February 10, 2014 - The Oregonian

Judge weighs arguments over public backing can be referred to voters.

Laws on paid sick leave divide businesses

February 5, 2014 - The Wall Street Journal

Critics say the laws unnecessarily raise costs for small employers.

NRA urges Congress on definition of full-time legislation

February 4, 2014 - National Restaurant Association

Legislation would raise the definition of a full-time employee from 30 hours per week.

How to overcome potential glitches on Valentine's Day

January 31, 2014 - Restaurant Hospitality

Restaurant owners know the stakes are high on Valentine’s Day.

Google, Facebook, TripAdvisor tout benefits

January 28, 2014 - HotelNewsNow

Three of the largest distribution disruptors say their efforts can benefit hoteliers.

Tip reporting: what to know about Form 8027

January 22, 2014 - National Restaurant Association

The IRS uses Form 8027 to flag where tip income may have been underreported.

3 steps to guard against 'password apocalypse' in wake of breaches

January 22, 2014 - The Business Journals

Recent data breaches indicate passwords ineffective at protecting information.

Restaurants enter 5th year of real sales growth

January 16, 2014 - National Restaurant Association

Industry sales are projected to exceed $683 billion in 2014.

OLCC presents bill to sell liquor in grocery stores

January 15, 2014 - Statesman Journal

Oregon lawmakers started work on how to modernize the state’s liquor sales.

Crater Lake faces 'death by a thousand cuts'

January 14, 2014 - Sustainable Business Oregon

Crater Lake may be in jeopardy if full federal funding isn't restored.

Pros and cons of buying vs. leasing space for restaurants

January 24, 2014 - The Lease Coach

Should you purchase or lease commercial space for your restaurant?

The key hotel trends of 2014

January 13, 2014 - Hotelier

Attracting young, affluent travelers a key trends emerging in 2014.

Support or not, paid sick leave has arrived

January 2, 2014 - Portland Business Journal

Quick reminder on which businesses must comply and which employees covered.

IRS rule on automatic tips could impact restaurants

January 2, 2014 - Nation's Restaurant News

Rules on automatic gratuities may change how tips for large parties are handled.

Convention center hotel opponents get OK to gather signatures

January 7, 2014 - The Oregonian

Project opponents sought to have voters weigh in on a proposed funding mechanism.

Effect of new minimum wage up for debate

December 27, 2013 - The Register-Guard

There's continued debate on the state’s minimum wage hike to $9.10 per hour.

Distillers keep spirits high as political fight bubbles

December 26, 2013 - Portland Tribune

Groups' initiatives to privatize liquor sales stir opposition, debate.

Support or not, paid sick leave has arrived

January 2, 2014 - Portland Business Journal

Quick reminder on which businesses must comply and which employees covered.

Multnomah Co. shuts down convention hotel foes' referendum attempt

December 31, 2013 - Portland Business Journal

Group is not allowed to put the issue of a convention center hotel to voters.

Effect of new minimum wage up for debate

December 27, 2013 - The Register-Guard

There's continued debate on the state’s minimum wage hike to $9.10 per hour.

The sun is shining on Oregon destination resorts

December 27, 2013 - Portland Business Journal

After years of financial hardship, good times are returning to the resorts.

Distillers keep spirits high as political fight bubbles

December 26, 2013 - Portland Tribune

Groups' initiatives to privatize liquor sales stir opposition, debate.

Headquarter hotel to the ballots?

December 19, 2013 - The Oregonian

Oregon Convention Center hotel opponents want to refer public backing to voters.

Grocers file petition to privatize OLCC

December 16, 2013 - Portland Business Journal

The Northwest Grocery Association looking to privatize OLCC.

Headquarter hotel to the ballots?

December 19, 2013 - The Oregonian

Oregon Convention Center hotel opponents want to refer public backing to voters.

Latest Press Releases

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

February 17, 2014 - ORLA

Education Foundation for Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association hosts statewide event to showcase the industry's future workforce.

Ryan Snyder Elected Chair of ORLA Board

November 20, 2013 - ORLA

ORLA Elects Martin Hospitality President Ryan Snyder as 2013-1014 Chairman of the Board.

Erickson Named Oregon’s Lodging Operator of the Year

November 12, 2013 - ORLA

ORLA Presents Chris Erickson With Lodging Operator of the Year Award.

Oregon Hospitality Leaders Honored with Statewide Awards

September 6, 2013 - ORLA

Three members of Oregon’s foodservice and lodging industry have been selected as state winners of the 2013 Hospitality Industry Awards.

Liberty Mutual Insurance returns more than $1.6 Million to ORLA Members

September 4, 2013 - Liberty Mutual Insurance

Liberty Mutual Insurance announced an overall retrospective rating adjustment of more than $1.6 million for businesses participating in its group workers comp program.