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.

Click here for DOL Fact Sheet.

KH&LA Annual Meeting
Mark your calendar for the KH&LA Annual meeting, scheduled for Tuesday, November 29th at the Embassy Suites Lexington. This one-day meeting will be packed with practical information that hotel operators and owners alike can put into practice in their day-to- day operations. Presentations scheduled include:
Don Parkinson, KY Secretary of Tourism, Travel and the Arts (invited)
Hotel Market Trends
Human Resources Issues in the Hotel Industry
The Greening of Hotels 2.0
Social Media Update

Annual Meeting Sponsorships
Sponsorship opportunities are available for the KH&LA Annual Meeting in November. This is an excellent way to reach your target market in a face-to-face setting. Details of the sponsorship opportunities are available here.
Tracking Legislative Activity in Frankfort
The lobbyists for KH&LA are busy tracking a number of bills in Frankfort that have ramifications to the hotel industry. Updates on their progress are posted weekly on this web site. Keep track of the activity by clicking here.

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.

GSA Rates for 2016
The General Services Administration in Washington, DC announced the released federal per diem rates for FY 2016. These rates will go into effect on Oct. 1, 2015. The federal government is also changing the policy for the standard continental United States (CONUS) rate. It will now be reviewed every year, rather than every three years. For FY 2016, the lodging rate for CONUS is increasing to $89 per night, from the previous rate of $83.

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.

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KH&LA Leads Charge on 1% Room Tax
KH&LA is working with a coalition of industry organizations to have the state's Tourism Marketing Incentive Program funds reinstated. Read the full position statement here.


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