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Policy Agenda

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Workforce Relations

In the hotel industry, our employees are not only the face of our business to our customers, but they’re also the most important asset we have. Unfortunately, the government is trying to step in between us and our employees. Learn more about our efforts on key workforce relations issues - Joint Employer, Extreme Wages, and Overtime Regulations.

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Drive-by Lawsuits

Frivolous lawsuits are driving up the cost of business and driving away customers. Often, the lawsuits have no grounds, but it’s easier to simply settle than fight it in court. One area where this is prevalent is in lawsuits over compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Learn more about our efforts to change the law to make it more fair for everyone.

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Health Care

The passage and implementation of the Affordable Care Act—otherwise known as Obamacare—has dealt a serious blow to all small businesses in America. One problem area where we think we can find common ground is on the definition of a full-time employee. Learn more about why we support the 40 Hours is Full Time Act.

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Tax Reform

The tax code should work to the benefit of job creators like us, not against us. Critical tax code provisions like 1031 Like-Kind Exchanges are extremely beneficial to hotel owners, and must be protected. Hotel lodging/occupancy taxes take dollars out of our customers’ pockets, and must be kept both low and fair. Learn more about our efforts on tax reform.

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Travel & Tourism

Hotels, more than other areas of the hospitality industry, rely heavily on travel and tourism. We have long-standing support for government policies that enhance and grow tourism, such as the Visa Waiver Program, which makes it easier for foreign tourists to come to the United States, and state budgets for tourism promotion and marketing, which drives more visitors to the state. Learn more about how we’re growing travel and tourism.

 

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