Voice of Industry

The AHA has a proven track record of promoting and protecting industry interests and practices through aggressive lobbying, grass roots campaigns and fighting for policies that support the hospitality industry at local, state and federal levels. Please contact Montine McNulty at (501)376-2323 if you have any questions relating to the upcoming Regular Legislative Session.

Get Involved

Local advocacy is extremely important to any government affairs activity. Legislators are most interested in how policy impacts their constituents – and that is you. So get involved by voting, writing your legislator and attending key legislative AHA events.

ARKANSAS HOSPITALITY ASSOCIATION FILES LAWSUIT TO PROTECT EMPLOYERS FROM U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR’S DANGEROUS “PERSUADER RULE” REGULATIONS

Click here to read full press release

ARKANSAS MINIMUM WAGE TO INCREASE TO $8.00 PER HOUR EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2016

On January 1, 2016, the Arkansas minimum wage will increase from $7.50 per hour to $8.00 per hour and the per hour for tipped employees stays the same at $2.63 per hour. Compensation for tipped employees must total at at least $8.00 per hour when tips are calculated. The Arkansas minimum wage will be higher than the federal minimum wage so even the Arkansas businesses whose annual gross sales are over $500,000 pay the higher wage of $8.00 per hour. When Arkansas and the federal minimum wages conflict, you must pay the employees the higher of the wage rates. Click here to see the ARKANSAS MINIMUM WAGE INCREASE FACT SHEET

 Click here for Tipped Employees Fact Sheet from the U.S. Department of Labor

Click here for Giving Employees Notice of Tip Credit, includes form for them to sign.