PPP Interim Final Rule – Requirements – Loan Forgiveness

11 JUNE, 2020 PPP Interim Final Rule – Requirements – Loan Forgiveness SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION 13 CFR Part 120 [Docket Number SBA-2020-0032] RIN 3245-AH46 DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY RIN 1505-AC69 Business Loan Program Temporary Changes; Paycheck Protection Program – Requirements – Loan Forgiveness AGENCY: U.S. Small Business Administration; Department of the Treasury.1 ACTION: Interim final rule. SUMMARY: […]

IRS Provides Tax Relief through Increased Flexibility for Taxpayers in Section 125 Cafeteria Plans

12 MAY, 2020 IRS Provides Tax Relief through Increased Flexibility for Taxpayers in Section 125 Cafeteria Plans IR-2020-95 WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today released guidance to allow temporary changes to section 125 cafeteria plans. These changes extend the claims period for health flexible spending arrangements (FSAs) and dependent care assistance programs and allow […]

Hotels React as Coronavirus Spreads

19 FEBRUARY, 2020 Hotels React as Coronavirus Spreads UPDATE: The New World Wuhan Hotel, managed by Rosewood Hotel Group,  hosted medical workers to fighting against the coronavirus in China. “You are our role model as you risk your lives to help others,” said Sonia Cheng, CEO, Rosewood Hotel Group. “You guys are all heroes and […]

DOL Clarifies Standard to Determine “Joint Employer” Status

14 JANUARY, 2020 DOL Clarifies Standard to Determine “Joint Employer” Status On January 12, 2020, the Department of Labor (DOL) announced its final rule (“Final Rule”) to revise and update the standard for determining “joint employer” status under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) – the federal law requiring minimum wage and overtime pay.  The […]

Employers’ Health Costs Could Rise 6% in 2020

19 SEPTEMBER, 2019 Employers’ Health Costs Could Rise 6% in 2020 Large U.S. employers are predicting that their health care costs for 2020 will rise a median of 6 percent if they don’t make any cost management adjustments, and by 5 percent if they adopt cost management initiatives, such as alternative network models, or renegotiate […]

Job Openings and Labor Turnover Summary

10 SEPTEMBER, 2019 UPDATED: 09 JUNE, 2020 Job Opening and Labor Turn Over Summary – April 2020 The number of total separations decreased by 4.8 million to 9.9 million in April, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Despite over the month decline, the level of the total separation is the second-highest in series […]

Notice of Proposed Rule Making: Joint Employer Status

01 APRIL, 2019 Notice of Proposed Rule Making: Joint Employer Status On April 1, 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor announced a proposed rule to revise and clarify the responsibilities of employers and joint employers to employees in joint employer arrangements. The Department has not meaningfully revised its joint-employer regulation since 1958. The Fair Labor […]

5 insights into the Hotel Industry’s Labor Challenges

18 SEPTEMBER, 2018 5 insights into the Hotel Industry’s Labor Challenges Finding and keeping good talent is a top concern among hoteliers. Speakers on a recent panel shared data affecting hotel labor and best practices for getting around labor hurdles.   It’s a common refrain at hotel industry events to hear executives talk about tight […]

Federal Rule Broadens Association Health Plan Opportunities

07 JULY, 2018 Federal Rule Broadens Association Health Plan Opportunities The availability of new association health plans may result in self-employed individuals and small groups moving away from exchange/marketplace products in favor of the less expensive coverage. AHPs also will provide a new alternative for the self-employed and small groups that did not purchase health […]

Are Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs) Better Suited for Hospitality Health Plans?

13 SEPTEMBER, 2017 Are Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs) Better Suited for Hospitality Health Plans? As Hospitality employers generally cover two-thirds of employee health cost, it’s not surprising that high deductible plans – with their lower premiums and employer health cost – have gained traction in the industry. An upside can certainly be had; especially with […]

Federal Court Strikes Down Obama-Era Federal Overtime Rule

5 SEPTEMBER, 2017 Federal Court Strikes Down Obama-Era Federal Overtime Rule In case you missed late last week, on Thursday, August 31, 2017, a Texas federal judge (Amos Mazzant III) struck down Obama-era federal overtime rule changes that would have more than doubled overtime pay eligibility for non-exempt employees from $23,660 to $47,476.  An estimated […]

Health Savings Vehicles – Taking the Sting Out of High Deductibles

27 JULY, 2017 Health Savings Vehicles – Taking the Sting Out of High Deductibles Will you pair a Health Savings Account with your high deductible plan in 2018? With hospitality employers generally covering two thirds of employee health costs, high deductible plans have been touted as a key driver in helping participants become better health care shoppers, […]

Consumer-Driven Healthcare Revisited

12 JULY, 2017 Consumer-Driven Healthcare Revisited A Good Fit for Hospitality Employers?  Hospitality HR professionals followed by the House of Representatives and later the Senate have been seeking ways to de-escalate health cost growth. One strategy gaining significant traction in recent ACA repeal action is the notion of providing employees with cost info and incentives […]

Why Feedback Matters

28 JUNE, 2017 Why Feedback Matters Feedback is a powerful tool – a catalyst for continuous improvement and employee retention. When used effectively, it can accelerate learning, improve performance, and detect subsurface issues before they become full-blown problems. A work environment rich in feedback tends to have better communications and more motivated, productive employees. Feedback […]

Stay Interviews – A Powerful Retention Strategy

20 JUNE, 2017 Stay Interviews – A Powerful Retention Strategy Conducting exit interviews is a common practice for many managers and most human resource departments. Through this practice, we gain insight into why employees decide to leave our employment. Unfortunately, this reactive insight is typically too late to ameliorate current turnover. So, how do we […]

DOL Withdraws Guidance on Independent Contractors and Joint Employment

13 JUNE, 2017 DOL Withdraws Guidance on Independent Contractors and Joint Employment The United States Department of Labor (DOL) recently withdrew guidance for classifying independent contractors and for determining joint employment, two key labor laws important to the hospitality industry. While not legally binding, this guidance withdrawal simplifies how to determine classifications, reduces the presumption of […]

Hospitality HR Communications Across Generations

11 MAY, 2017 Hospitality HR Communications Across Generations For the first time ever, hotels are experienci­ng five generation­s in the workforce, each with a different preference when it comes to communicat­ion. This, along with other realities of the hospitalit­y industry (including low wages, high turnover and a large immigrant workforce)­, makes communicat­ing with your employees about […]

Influencing Wellness on a Shoestring

11 APRIL, 2017 Influencing Wellness on a Shoestring Wellness Programs Wellness programs can be complicated and a target for regulatory agencies as employers’ good intentions can conflict with privacy and discrimination laws. So, as a hospitality employer, what are your options?  Can you influence wellness in your workplace?  Can you do so without a large […]

House Passes Stop-Loss Definition Bill by Huge Margin

5 APRIL, 2017 House Passes Stop-Loss Definition Bill by Huge Margin Just 16 members opposed passage Members of the House today voted 400-16 for the  Self-Insurance Protection Act bill. The bill,  H.R. 1304, would block federal efforts to regulate small stop-loss plans as health insurance by excluding the plans from the federal definition of “health insurance coverage.” All […]