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Labor Department proposes test to define joint-employer status
Meanwhile, NLRB is considering public comments on its rules
The U.S. Department of Labor has proposed a four-factor test based on precedent to determine if two entities meet standards that make them joint employers of a shared labor pool.
THE U.S. DEPARTMENT of Labor has created a new rule that may finally clarify joint-employer status and resolve an issue that has troubled the hospitality industry for several years now. Meanwhile, another federal agency, the National Labor Relations Board, is in the process of preparing its own rules.

The new Labor Department rule essentially establishes a four-factor test based on precedent to determine if two entities meet standards that make them joint employers of a shared labor pool.

The test would establish if each company has the power to hire or fire shared employees; supervise and control the employees schedules and work conditions; determine the employees’ rate and method of payment; and maintain the employees’ employment records. The new rule would be added to The Fair Labor Standards Act and would be the Labor Department’s first major revision of its joint employer regulation since 1958.
Insiders Vinod Sankar is the new senior vice president and chief digital officer at RLS Corp. He will be based in the company’s Denver headquarters.

Radisson Hospitality sticks to the plan
Despite changing owners since its last annual conference, speakers at this year’s meeting say the company remains on track for growth
Radisson Hospitality, Inc. CEO and Chief Operating Officer John Kidd opened the company’s conference in Miami Beach, Florida, with an upbeat assessment of the company’s new owner, Jin Jiang International Holdings.
THINGS WERE DIFFERENT for Radisson Hospitality, Inc., when it last had its annual conference and created its five-year plan, Destination 2022, including the company’s ownership. But the message from company leaders at this year’s Radisson Americas Business Conference in Miami Beach, Florida.

“The past few months have all been about increasing momentum,” said Ken Greene, Radisson’s president for the Americas, at the conference’s opening general session.

AHLA welcomes reauthorization of Violence Against Women Act
Enacted in 1994, the legislation provides support for victims and prevention training
The American Hotel and Lodging Association says the Violence Against Women Act helps hotels protect their female employees and guests.
DESPITE SOME RESISTANCE, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization last week. The reauthorization of the law comes in the midst of Sexual Assault Awareness Month and earned praise from the American Hotel and Lodging Association.

The reauthorized bill aims to improve services for survivors of violence, expand housing protections for survivor and expand training and prevention programs, as it did when first enacted in 1994, according to the bill’s co-sponsors Reps. Brian Fitzpatrick (Republican-Pennsylvania) and Karen Bass (Democrat-California). The need for it arose from the nation’s crisis of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking. Read More...
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openings Fairfield Milwaukee North is scheduled to open in Glendale, Wisconsin, on April 11. It will operate as a Fairfield by Marriott franchise, owned and managed by Odyssey Hotels of Chicago under CEO Rachit Dhingra.
4.2 percent  

The percent of increase in occupancy for U.S. hotels in the last week of March compared with a similar time period last year, a rise to 65.5 percent, according to STR. ADR rose 0.9 percent to $131.77 and RevPAR went up 5.1 percent to $91.53.
Software optimizes housekeeping services
Program can store standards across properties, score staff performance
Hotel housekeeping software, such as Quore’s Cleaning Plus, allows hotel owners to manage cleaning crews across multiple properties.
IN THESE DAYS of rising labor costs, particularly in hotel housekeeping, technology is becoming widely available to help optimize room cleaning. Several brands of software allow hoteliers to maintain brand standards across multiple properties, though smaller operations may choose to take a different path.

KNOW Housekeeping from Knowcross, RoomChecker by qMetrix Group and HotSOS Housekeeping by Amadeus are all top brands of housekeeping software. However, Quore’s Cleaning Plus tops the list according to HotelTechReport, and Quore’s Vice President of Strategy and Alliances Richard Bradbury gave Asian Hospitality the rundown on the software’s features.
Hotel stock index rose 6.8 percent in February
THE BAIRD/STR Hotel Stock Index fell 0.9 percent in March to 4,642. The drop comes a month after a 6.8 percent increase in February.

The index was up 14.1 percent year to date through the first three months of 2019. The performance lagged behind both the S&P 500 and the MSCI US REIT Index, which grew 1.8 percent and 2.7 percent respectively.

Both sub-indices in March finished down slightly and hotel stocks under-performed compared to their respective benchmarks, said Baird Vice President and senior research analyst Michael Bellisario.

“Industry fundamentals year to date have been a bit below the recent trend line, and, as a result, hotel stocks’ upward momentum slowed in March despite the broader stock market continuing to move higher,” Bellisario said.

The Hotel Brand sub-index recorded a 0.4 percent increase, while the Hotel REIT sub-index dropped 1.9 percent to 1,593.
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