Lodging News - October 2012

Change for the Better

Change for the Better

In September, a group of industry members came together at ORLA’s Annual Convention in Eugene to share their thoughts on “change management.” The insightful discussion focused on sharing best practices in hiring and grooming talent within restaurant and lodging organizations.

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Adapting to the Ages

Adapting to the Ages

There are four distinctive generations that make up the workforce; the Silent / Traditional Generation (1925–1945), Baby Boomers (1946–1964), Generation X (1965–1977) and Generation Y (1978–1998). Each generation has been shaped and influenced by socio-economic trends, historical events, and technology advancements.

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Legislative Priorities

Legislative Priorities

Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association recently reached out to the industry to determine what issues are important to lodging operators across the state. As it turns out, our industry issues will be small potatoes compared to the bigger issues being tossed around by the Governor these days.

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Ballot Measure Watch

Ballot Measures

Communities Fund Act Part I (Measure 82) would amend Oregon’s Constitution to authorize the establishment of privately-owned casinos. Proponents argue that critics dislike the measures because they will take money away from the Oregon Lottery. Currently the state collects 75 percent of the gaming dollars; this casino measure only contributes 25 percent of the gaming dollars.

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2012 Election Prediction

Election Prediction

We are now deep into the political season and even though each individual legislative race will have a winner and loser, the Oregon House of Representatives is currently in a “tied” chamber with 30 Democrats and 30 Republicans. Neither of the individual political parties feels like they “won” last election cycle, so both are looking for the 31st member to add to their caucus in order to take control of the House chamber.

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Recognizing Excellence

Recognizing Excellence

The annual Hospitality Industry Awards recognize industry professionals who exemplify the highest standards of service and commitment to guests, team, association, industry, and community. At this year’s Convention we paid tribute to a few of our industry’s most dedicated leaders, volunteers and mentors.

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Employee Safety Program Need A Tune-Up?

Employee Safety

In an effort to maintain the Experience Rating Plan’s optimum performance, the National Council on Compensation Insurance, Inc. (NCCI) has proposed a revision to their experience rating elements and formula and will change the way premiums are calculated. The changes will become effective with policy purchases or renewals on or after January 1, 2013.

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