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Join Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association at the table for discussion of statewide industry issues and intelligence. Host Greg Astley, ORLA’s Director of Government Affairs, speaks with industry leaders, policy makers, and business experts about challenges, opportunities and successes in the world of Oregon hospitality.
 
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Think you’re not qualified for the Employee Retention Tax Credit (ERTC) or not taking advantage of it yet? ORLA held a successful webinar recently on the subject and discussed some of the misconceptions about eligibility and how this tax credit could provide significant savings for our industry members. Boiled Down rebroadcasts the interview portio…
 
In a year like no other, we look at how the 2021 Legislative Session will affect Oregon’s hospitality industry. Our guest and Contract Lobbyist, Bill Perry of Balance Point Strategies delves into the changes to the legislative format during the pandemic and how that has altered the exchange of information. We also talk about what hospitality-relate…
 
In this bonus episode, ORLA President & CEO Jason Brandt, along with host and Director of Government Affairs Greg Astley, walk through some of the many successes and challenges we’ve had this past year. They take a little deeper dive into some of the current issues, what led us to this point and the solutions we have been advocating for all along. …
 
Together with SAIF Corporation experts, we try to highlight and clarify some of the new guidance Oregon’s hospitality professionals are putting into place. Hear some real-life examples of how organizations are putting procedures in place and some of the challenges in implementing the new rules. Learn about what you can and cannot mandate surroundin…
 
A business owner’s potential liability with regard to employment practices in the workplace has been one of the most challenging exposures they have and will continue to face, including an aging workforce, #MeToo, increased wage and hour enforcement, and continuously expanding state employment legislation. And now owners face new challenges brought…
 
Discover all the work Travel Oregon does to grow our state economy by promoting tourism. In this episode, Teresa O'Neill and Carole Astley of Travel Oregon walk us through the many programs and events offered by the Tourism Commission, including the Oregon Governor's Conference on Tourism and the Oregon Rural Tourism Conference. We talk about the w…
 
"Hospitality begins with safety," so this episode we're talking emergency preparedness. Althea Rizzo joins us from the Office of Emergency Management to help us boil down what businesses can do to prepare for a disaster. Learn more about how communities will respond, who is most vulnerable and what resources exist to help Oregon businesses be ready…
 
Hear cautionary tales of the industry and how the Oregon Secretary of State's Office of Small Business Assistance can help. Discover how this resource team has helped other Oregon businesses, including those starting, growing or winding down a business. Learn what to do if you believe you've been subject to unreasonable or unfair state regulatory a…
 
We've got the OLCC's Executive Director and Deputy Director in the house answering all our alcohol and marijuana-related industry questions. Our conversation boils down what the License Fee increases mean and how they will help fund automation and software upgrades in the future. You'll also hear about pilot projects with liter sizes, what is legal…
 
Every interaction a guest has with your brand has a direct affect on your company's reputation, your customer's subconscious decision-making, and your bottom line. Chris Nordyke of Summit Cleaning & Restoration stops by to talk customer experience and how common failure points present opportunities for success and how an empowered staff can create …
 
We keep it candid with employment law professionals Rich Meneghello and Alex Wheatley of Fisher Phillips as we discuss recent must-know developments for employers. Hear a national check-in on Trump's administration and about the new version of the overtime rule under U.S. Secretary of Labor, Alexander Acosta. Take note on why you should be prepared…
 
In this episode, hear about Oregon ProStart–a Career and Technical Education program, it's capstone event ORLAEF ProStart Invitational, and Willamette High School team's upcoming trip to Nationals. Sysco Portland is an important partner to our industry, not only as title sponsor of the event but also its support of ORLAEF and workforce initiatives.…
 
'It's what's cookin' was the theme of the 2019 Northwest Food Show and there's still lots of buzz around the event! Featured presenters from the show stage stop by the podcast–hear from world-renowned Chef Marcus Samuelsson and local legend Chef Beau Carr of RingSide Steakhouse. You'll also learn more about the show, industry trends and happenings …
 
Back in 2017, Oregon’s Secretary of State Dennis Richardson graciously appeared on ORLA’s Boiled Down podcast to talk about the many responsibilities of the office, his goals and vision for Oregon. He also agreed to read Green Eggs and Ham in celebration of Dr. Seuss Day. ORLA is sharing this reading again to honor Dennis Richardson, his unwavering…
 
ORLA's contract lobbyist and director of government affairs discuss what's ahead this legislative session. We get into everything from the dynamics of the Capitol to whether or not the "kicker" will be kicked. Other hospitality concerns this year include the possibility of the DUII threshold to be reduced to .05 BAC, the single-use disposable plast…
 
As we move toward 2019, healthcare options and requirements continue to vex employers. In this episode, we revisit some of the basics of what is required and what offerings are available under the ORLA Health Solutions umbrella of options. These levels of coverage provide options for every ORLA member’s budget. Understand the difference between Sta…
 
Cease and desist letters can serve as a warning ahead of full scale litigation, however there are some possible resolutions before ending up in court. Alicia Bell and Carla Quisenberry of Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP walk us through deciphering demand letters, how to avoid them, and your options if you receive one. Find out how to be sure you are …
 
Our friends at SAIF share some very relatable stories regarding safety in hospitality. And with years of experience, comes valuable tips and strategies for owner/operators and management teams. Also hear how members are saving 10% with ORLA's Workers’ Compensation Group program through SAIF. Guests: Pat Morrill, Agency and Group Coordinator, SAIF C…
 
In a wave of #MeToo revelations, protect your employees and your business by taking a proactive approach to sexual harassment prevention. Hear pragmatic approaches and practical solutions from industry expert Darcey McAllister, who has over 20 years of hands-on HR experience. Learn the difference between quid pro quo sexual harassment and hostile w…
 
There are currently over 1,200 businesses composting in the Metro area. Hear from an Oregon hotel and a restaurant owner about how diverting food waste from the landfill brings financial gains, changes company culture, and makes business sense. Guests: Alex Bertolucci, Green Business Advisor, Washington County Scott Youngblood, Embassy Suites by Hi…
 
The floor was bustling at the Northwest Food Show, April 22-23 at the Portland Expo Center. Between zesty chef cooking demos and cutting-edge ed seminars, we invited celebrity guests and show participants to give us a taste of what’s going on in their slice of the industry. Listen in for bites on food waste prevention, agricultural economies, foste…
 
You may have heard of OregonSaves by now, the state-sponsored retirement savings program, facilitated by employers. If you don't currently offer a retirement plan to employees, listen up! The program is rolling out in phases over the next few years and Joel Metlen, Public Engagement Manager for OregonSaves, guides us through employer responsibiliti…
 
Feel like there's been a firehose flow of regulation changes recently? Rich Meneghello is back after a year, following up on predictions about our hotelier president and his administration's impact on hospitality operations. Get a recap of overtime regulations, pay equity, immigration, and joint employment. Plus, predictive scheduling, how "number …
 
Oregon has had a pay equity law on the book for years, so what’s new and unique about the Oregon Equal Pay Act of 2017? Find out what the expansion means for you as an employer, how it impacts your employment forms and hiring processes, and how to take advantage of the law’s unique employer safe harbor. Labor attorneys Jennifer Nelson and Anne Mill…
 
Business owners, how do you differentiate between purse accessory pup and service animal? What questions can you ask without getting into legal hot water? Can you require a service animal to be crated in a hotel room? With so many uncertainties, it can be a zoo out there! Employment Law Attorney Shane Swilley joins us in this episode to shed light …
 
What do you do if an ICE agent shows up at your establishment? Sean Ray of Barran Liebman LLP boils down what employers need to know about Forms I-9 and how to stay out of hot water with U.S Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). We get into employer responsibilities and best practices regarding documentation, how to prepare for an audit, and c…
 
Metro’s venues draw over 1 million patrons to Portland every year, including the Oregon Zoo, Portland Expo Center, Oregon Convention Center and the Portland5 Centers for the Arts. Scott Cruickshank, General Manager of Metro Visitor Venues, talks about how they drive economic development, a strong hospitality and tourism industry, and job growth for…
 
How often do you think about the role your business plays in Oregon’s thriving tourism industry? Todd Davidson, Travel Oregon CEO, joins us to divulge the stats surrounding Oregon’s growing presence on the international map and how you can ensure your business welcomes guests, drives repeat visits, and is more impactful in the marketplace. We uncov…
 
When it comes to hiring and maintaining a quality team, employers in the hospitality industry are channeling their inner 80s pop star and declaring, “I need a hero!” Preferably, a whole staff of them, with strong work ethic and a dose of dedication. Dani Rosendahl from On Deck Sports Bar & Grill chats with us about non-traditional resources for rec…
 
Hear what’s sprouting from Oregon’s culinary student talent in this episode where we sit down with guests from McMinnville High School’s ProStart Program as they prepare to compete in the National ProStart Invitationals. Learn the history of this Career and Technical Education program, supported by ORLA’s Education Foundation, and its role in the h…
 
In a special Boiled Down episode, Oregon's Secretary of State Dennis Richardson joins us to talk about his varying roles and goals in the office. Oregon elections - 3:07 Redistricting commission - 7:15 Nonpartisan office - 12:35 Citizen engagement and inclusion - 15:55 How businesses can help themselves - 22:39 Becoming a Government Authority Offic…
 
Get insights into hospitality industry issues at the national level with perspectives from American Hotel & Lodging Association and National Restaurant Association. Guests, Troy Flanagan and Matt Walker, discuss legislative developments you need to know regarding immigration, healthcare, tax reform, and more. AHLA advocacy watch - 1:00 NRA advocacy…
 
ORLA’s chief lobbyist sits down with the association’s president and CEO to chat about key issues we’ll be focusing on this legislative session and which bills will have the greatest impact on the hospitality industry. With income equality, restrictive scheduling, tourism investment, and transportation infrastructure as hot topics, now is the time …
 
In face of a higher minimum wage and income disparity between front-of-the-house and back-of-the-house employees, two Portland restaurateurs share how and why they have embraced the gratuity free restaurant model. Scott Dolich and Andy Fortgang discuss the cultural shift for both guests and employees in their restaurants, plus offer advice for othe…
 
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