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GOV'T AFFAIRS

STAFF CONTACT

Sarah R. Bratko, Esq. 

Manager of Governmental Affairs

401-223-1120, ext. 115

Sarah@rihospitality.org

LEGISLATIVE UPDATES

Both the American Hotel and Lodging Association and the National Restaurant Association have been working with other groups to increase the number of H-2B Visas:

The Departments of Homeland Security and Labor published a final rule increasing the number of H-2B nonimmigrant visas by 15,000 additional visas through the end of fiscal year (FY) 2017. These visas are available only to American businesses which attest that they will likely suffer irreparable harm without the ability to employ all the H-2B workers requested in their petition.

 

The increase will expire on Sept. 30, 2017.

 

Visit the USCIS website for more information.


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List of Articles
No. Subject Author Date
51 News from the National Restaurant Association - *Special* Front Burner Update: NYC Menu Labeling Enforcement Delayed file RIHA Aug 17, 2017
As you are aware, in May, New York City announced its plans to begin enforcing menu labeling requirements on August 21, 2017 – more than 9 months ahead of the federal government’s compliance date of May 7, 2018. The Advocacy Strategy Committ...  
50 Hotel Per Diem rates released RIHA Aug 17, 2017
Ensuring that hotel per diem rates reflect the realities of the market has been a key priority of AHLA. Last week, the General Services Administration (GSA) released federal per diem rates for FY 2018 that will go into effect October 1, 2017...  
49 Governor signed budget that includes two-stepped minimum wage increase. file RIHA Aug 17, 2017
The House and Senate ended a month long impasse yesterday, with the Senate approving the House version of the State Budget. Governor Raimondo signed the budget into law yesterday afternoon. Included in the budget was a minimum wage increase....  
48 Chairman Marvin Abney set to deliver opening remarks at RIHA's 14th Annual Economic Outlook Breakfast file Monika Jul 26, 2017
Chairman Abney will join keynote speakers Hudson Riehle, Sr. VP of Research & Knowledge of the National Restaurant Association and Rachel Roginsky Principal of the Pinnacle Advisory Group, to deliver opening remarks. Chairman Abney has ...  
47 Labor department to rescind tip-pooling restrictions file Monika Jul 24, 2017
Jonathan Maze | Jul 21, 2017 Changes would let front- and back-of-house employees share tips The federal government is planning to rescind a controversial regulation preventing restaurants from pooling tips, a major victory for industry advo...  
» AHLA & NRA work together on H-2B Visas RIHA Jul 24, 2017
Both the American Hotel and Lodging Association and the National Restaurant Association have been working with other groups to increase the number of H-2B Visas: The Departments of Homeland Security and Labor published a final rule increasin...  
45 Federal Agencies Request Information on Ways to Streamline and Modernize the U.S. Immigration System Monika Jan 16, 2015
On November 21, 2014, the President issued a memorandum giving the Secretaries of State and Homeland Security 120 days to lead an effort to develop recommendations on the subject of modernizing and streamlining the U.S. immigrant and nonimm...  
44 Keystone clears first Senate hurdle Monika Jan 16, 2015
This week, the US Senate kicked debate over legislation to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, voting 63-32 to take up a bill that would short-circuit President Obama's authority over the $8 billion pipeline. Ten Democrats and one independent ...  
43 AH&LA leads Broad-based power coalition to battle Patent Trolls file Monika Jan 16, 2015
The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA), the sole national association representing all segments of the 1.8 million-employee lodging industry, announced the formation of a coalition, United for Patent Reform.  The broad-bas...  
42 Uber banned in India, Thailand and Spain, Lawsuits pending in several US Cities Monika Dec 15, 2014
More and more countries are banning app-based taxi services such as Uber and Lyft, while pending lawsuits in several US cities are calling the safety of these services into question.    In early December, India, Thailand and Spain all banne...  
41 Supreme Court Rules Employers Are Not Required To Pay For Security Time Monika Dec 15, 2014
The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled unanimously that companies do not have to pay workers for time spent in anti-theft security screening at the end of a shift.   The decision is a major victory for retail enterprises and manufacturing busines...  
40 Be sure your food establishment is allergy aware this Holiday season! Monika Dec 15, 2014
The majority of food recalls are due to undeclared allergens in food. In January 2013, Rhode Island passed an Allergy Awareness Law (RI Code 23-20.12-2) requiring restaurants to have: a food allergen advisory on menus; a food allergen infor...  
39 SCAM ALERT: Scams in Hotels Monika Dec 15, 2014
RIHA has learned that Good Morning America will be doing a story on scams that have occurred/can occur in hotels in the context of the holiday season.  This story is focused on situations such as when people get calls in the middle of the n...  
38 1099 Filing Deadline Approaching: Time to Collect Signed W-9 Forms Monika Dec 15, 2014
Have you sent Forms 1099 to your independent contractors and any other vendors who have provided services to your company or organization. If not, its time!    Please keep in mind the following IRS requirements when considering who to send ...  
37 Employment Laws Protect Unauthorized Workers Monika Dec 15, 2014
New England employers should be aware that people who lack authorization to work in the United States are nonetheless protected under most employment laws, including discrimination and wage-and-hour statutes.  A recent court decision in Cal...  
36 Employer Email Can Be Used For Union-Related and Other Protected Communications Monika Dec 15, 2014
In a much-anticipated decision, the National Labor Relations Board  ruled today that employees have the right to use their employer's email system on nonworking time to engage in statutorily protected communications, such as discussing wage...  
35 National Labor Relations Board Releases Announces "Ambush Elections" Rule Monika Dec 15, 2014
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a final rule designed to speed up the union election process.  The rule significantly alters the timeframe for representation elections in the workplace, shortening it from the current median...  
34 RhodeMap RI Plan Approved by the State Planning Council Monika Dec 15, 2014
The State Planning Council approved the controversial RhodeMap RI economic plan.  The plan focuses on housing development in local communities. It calls for social equality as a key component to economic development. Part of the plan looks ...  
33 Join RIHA at the NRA Public Affairs Conference/AHLA Legislative Action Summit in Washington D.C. April 13-15, 2015 Monika Dec 15, 2014
For the first time ever, the National Restaurant Association and the American Hotel & Lodging Association are joining forces for the NRA Public Affairs Conference and AH&LA Legislative Action Summit.    The collective events will ta...  
32 ACA Penalties and Mandatory Reporting Beginning January 1, 2015 Monika Nov 14, 2014
Beginning January 1, 2015, large companies (classified as having over 100 full time employees) will face penalties if they fail to offer health plans to full-time employees.  Companies that have between 50 and 99 full-time-equivalent employ...