2017 Session Shows Shift to the Right
The 2016 election was a seismic event in Kentucky politics.  Republicans achieved a super-majority of 64 members in the House—the party’s first majority there in 91 years. Many of the freshmen legislators have ties to small business and are strong in their belief in the free enterprise system.  Read more. 

Human Trafficking Initiative
Human trafficking is a crime federally and in all 50 states. It occurs when a trafficker uses force, fraud, or coercion to compel another person to provide labor and services or engage in a commercial sex act. KH&LA is partnering with the KY Attorney General's office to educate our members on the issue and solutions. Click here for more info on human trafficking.  

KH&LA Has a Voice on the Subcommittee on Tourism Development
Prakash Maggan, KH&LA Treasurer, has been appointed as a tourism industry advisor to the General Assembly’s Subcommittee on Tourism Development. The subcommittee is a special committee of the legislature first established in 2015 and re-authorized for 2016.

Prakash is one of five tourism advisors appointed by Senate President Robert Stivers and Speaker of the House Greg Stumbo.  The subcommittee is co-chaired by Senator Chris Girdler (R) Somerset and Rep. Rita Smart (D) Richmond. In addition to the co-chairs, the subcommittee is comprised of twelve members of the Kentucky Senate and House.

The subcommittee; which meets monthly during the legislature’s interim period, hears testimony from various tourism interests from throughout Kentucky, discusses issues confronting Kentucky tourism and is authorized to make recommendations to the General Assembly. President Stivers has credited last year’s panel with initiating the process that ultimately resulted in the legislature’s appropriation of $18 million for upgrading Kentucky’s state parks.

US Department of Labor Updates Overtime Rules
On May 18, 2016, President Obama and Secretary Perez announced the publication of the Department of Labor’s final rule updating the overtime regulations, which will automatically extend overtime pay protections to over 4 million workers within the first year of implementation. For key provisions of the final rule, click here. https://www.dol.gov/whd/overtime/final2016/  
KY Tourism Has $13B Economic Impact on State
Kentucky’s travel and tourism industry has a $13 billion economic impact on the state, a $2.2 billion increase from five years ago, Lt. Gov. Crit Luallen said at the Kentucky Travel Industry Annual Conference. Tourism supports 180,000 jobs statewide, Luallen said. Read more.

KH&LA Offers New Member Benefit for Hoteliers
KH&LA has partnered with a company that offers an online survey tool for hoteliers' and we are offering the service to our hotelier members for FREE.

Lobbylights is the premier wage and employee benefits survey tool for the hotel industry. Lobbylights compiles the most comprehensive and up-to-date information on employee wages as well as key employment information for hotel property managers. With Lobbylights, you can compare:
·         The wages you pay to other hotels within your specific region.
·         The types of insurance and amount of coverage you provide compared to other hotels.
·         The way other properties comply with the Affordable Care Act.
·         The different perks properties offer their employees.
·         The methods through which other hotels screen employees.

For more information, contact us at info@kyhotellodging.com


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