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Industry News

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.

Oregon’s minimum wage to increase each year through 2022

Apr. 6, 2016 - QualityInfo

Understand the three tiers of step increases based on geography and how it may affect jobs. 

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A new challenge to Oregon's outdated liquor monopoly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.

Makeshift minimum wage hike still kills jobs, threatens services

Feb. 5, 2016 - Defend Oregon Jobs Coalition

Independent research confirms big job loss as editorials challenge policy, process.

Oregon doesn't need to revisit its minimum wage: Editorial

Feb. 2, 2016 - The Oregonian

Proponents of a minimum wage increase gamble the well-being of Oregon's lowest-income residents.

Small business groups launch campaign against wage hike

Feb. 2, 2016 - ORLA

Coalition targets swing district legislators to oppose job-killing, service-threatening plan.


Latest Press Releases

ORLA Calls Foul on FAQ from Portland City Hall on Drive-Through Policy

Apr. 14, 2016 - Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association

ORLA Launches Social Media Campaign to Stop the Ban on Portland Drive Throughs

Apr. 13, 2016 - Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association

Future Conversations On Room Tax Changes Need To Ensure Presence Of Lodging Industry

Mar. 8, 2016 - Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association

Oregon's Minimum Wage Hikes Coming July 1 Create Wage Inequities

Mar. 4, 2016 - Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association

South Salem H.S. Takes First in 2016 Oregon ProStart Championships

Feb. 27, 2016 - ORLA Education Foundation

Makeshift Minimum Wage Hike Still Kills Jobs, Threatens Services

Feb. 5, 2016 - Defend Oregon Jobs Coalition

Small business groups launch campaign against wage hike

Feb. 2, 2016 - ORLA

Mammoth HR Selected as Preferred HR Provider by ORLA

Jan. 22, 2016 - ORLA

ORLA Opposes Governor's Minimum Wage Proposal

Jan. 14, 2016 - ORLA

ORLA Launches New Health Plan

Dec. 3, 2015 - ORLA

Closed Captioning Imposed Without Regard to Compromise

Nov. 20, 2015 - ORLA

ORLAEF Adopts AHLEI’s Guest Service Gold® to Train Hospitality Employees Statewide

October 5, 2015 - ORLA

Oregon Hospitality Leaders Honored with Statewide Awards

July 22, 2015 - ORLA

Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association Welcomes New CEO

July 21, 2015 - ORLA

Restaurant Neighbor Award Winners To Be Recognized for Community Engagement

July 8, 2015 - ORLA

South Salem H.S. Wins 2015 Oregon Prostart Culinary Championship

February 28, 2015 - ORLA Education Foundation