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STAFF CONTACT

Sarah R. Bratko, Esq. 

Vice President of Advocacy and General Counsel

401-223-1120, ext. 115

Sarah@rihospitality.org

LEGISLATIVE UPDATES

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. The minimum wage will increase to $10.10 on January 1, 2018 and $10.50 on January 1, 2019.  

Once it became apparent that a minimum wage increase was certain, RIHA, in concert with the RI Business Coalition, advocated for the two year phase in of the 50 cent increase, citing the business communities need for a predictable business model.  

The House and Senate are expected to come back for a special fall session, where we expect to see the paid sick leave legislation raised once again.  RIHA continues our advocacy efforts to ensure that the hospitality industries interests are considered when drafting public policy


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11 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...  
10 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...  
9 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...  
8 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 ...  
7 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...  
6 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...  
5 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...  
4 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 ...  
» 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....  
2 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...  
1 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...