Federal News

Federal Issues in the United States

For more information on national issues regarding the hospitality industry please visit our national partner associations’ websites:

National Restaurant Association Legislative and Government Affairs Website
(http://advocacy.restaurant.org/)

American Hotel and Lodging Association Legislative and Government Affairs Website
(http://www.ahla.com/government/)

Healthcare Reform

Healthcare Reform: Here’s What You Need To Know
There is a lot of information about the new health care reform acts on the Internet and in the news – much of it vague, some of it incorrect, and most of it overwhelming. The acts are very complex, of course, which is reflected in the reports. While several of the changes will be effective in 2012, most of the changes in the law won’t take effect until 2014. The provisions with delayed effective dates will be clarified in future regulations and some of the provisions may be changed or repealed before they become effective. The AHA will let you know about those aspects of the law in future legal alerts. For now, here’s what you need to know.

In an effort to help educate our members about the requirements of any obligations under the health care reform law, there is a tool the National Restaurant Association has developed:

Health Care HQ Knowledge Center is a one-stop website source of helpful information about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) of 2010 and provides explanations of how the law affects our industry now – and in the future.  Information you will find:

  • Facts and timeline details on the health care reform law
  • Case studies to assist members in understanding the impact of the law
  • An online calculator to help determine an operator’s obligations under health care reform
  • Health care and wellness solutions available to members and their employees
  • NRA updates and continuing advocacy efforts that address health care reform.
  • A glossary of critical health care reform terminology

Online Travel Companies Tax

There is a very important issue that has been simmering for years but will soon be coming to a head. The issue regards the amount of room tax paid by online travel companies (OTCs) versus the amount paid by hotels. The OTCs are attempting to push a piece of legislation through Congress that would shift the tax burden to hotels. This issue was hotly debated at the recent AHLA Legislative Summit.

We are working to resolve this issue now. We currently have the National Governors Association and the National Association of Counties on our side. All of them are united against this measure along with us. If you have any questions regarding this issue, please call Montine at (501) 376-2323.

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2017 Per Diem Rate

For more information on the Fiscal Year 2015 per diem rates or any other year’s per diem rates, and how GSA establishes them, visit www.gsa.gov/perdiem.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Issues

ADA Quick Guide

ADA Myths & Facts on New Pool Lift Regulations

Fact Sheet: Myths V. Facts on New pool Regulations Under the ADA

American Red Cross – CPR and Other Training

The American Red Cross offers a wide variety of classes that meet the needs of the general public, workplaces, schools and organizations. Select from a range of courses, including First Aid, CPR and AED training and others such as the offerings featured here.

 

Guidelines for Pool & Spa Operators from the Arkansas Department of Health

Click here for the Arkansas Department of Health Guidelines for Pool & Spa Operations

This comprehensive guide contains all the information, posters, directions, and charts anyone with a pool needs to know.