The hotel industry supports 8 million American jobs in communities across the country and offers desirable assets that attract employees from all walks of life, including flexible hours, career growth, training opportunities, and good-paying jobs and benefit packages. The majority of jobs offered in the hotel industry already have starting wages above the minimum wage, and employers currently have the flexibility to set salary parameters that foster a strong team environment, which allow for good benefits, higher pay, and workable schedules. The industry is ripe with opportunities and has a tremendous track record of providing the training and resources our employees need to move up through the ranks to more senior positions. AHLA embraces policies that encourage business growth, workforce flexibility, and an entrepreneurial spirit.
Unfortunately, over the past few years, government agencies have proposed onerous regulations in the labor and workforce sector that could hinder job growth and workforce flexibility. Notably, the Department of Labor has promulgated several substantive changes to our nation's labor laws. Notably, their efforts to "update" the Fair Labor Standards Act resulted in a doubling of the salary threshold for employees eligible for overtime pay from $23,660 to $47,476. Due to this massive increase to the overtime pool, many small businesses will be forced to reduce hours and cut jobs in order to stay in operation.