21. BUCKLE UP! Session Has Begun

January 22, 2019

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 plastic debate, and paid family leave. And as always, we're keeping an eye on lodging taxes – not only protecting the use of lodging tax dollars, but also lodging tax compliance with home sharing platforms.

Guest: Bill Perry, of Balance Point Strategies, BalancePointStrategies.com

Guest: Jason Brandt, President & CEO, ORLA

ORLA Member Benefit: Discount on Human Trafficking Response and Recognition Training from Guardian Group

Advocacy Watch:

  • Meals taxes proposed: Curry County, Hood River County
  • Initiative Measure 124 lawsuit and win in Seattle
  • Taste Oregon Legislative Reception, presented by Sysco

20. A Healthy Way to Recruit and Retain

November 21, 2018

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 Standard, Essential and Supplemental coverage. Learn about special small business options, the relatively easy administrative process to offering health coverage, and free resources including the pharmacy discount card.

Guest: Garth Rouse, Garth T. Rouse & Associates

Guest Host: Lori Little, Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association

ORLA Member Benefit: Discounts on the everyday price of select Dell products.

Key Links to Visit:

Advocacy Watch:

  • November Elections Recap
  • ORLA Public Policy Committee to discuss 2019 Legislative Framework
  • Taste Oregon Legislative Reception set for February 19, 2019
  • BOLI guidance still missing ahead of implementation of Pay Equity Law
  • Portland’s Single-use Disposable Plastics Ban turns into voluntary ordinance

19. Stolen Secret Sauce?!

August 13, 2018

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 not infringing on other's intellectual property, trademarks, copyrights, patents and trade secrets.

Alicia Bell and Carla Quisenberry of Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP

Guest Host: Lori Little, Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association

ORLA Member Benefit: Special incentive for ORLA members in First Data's Merchant Processing Program.


18. Clue: Incidents and Accidents. Question: What Do Paul Simon and SAIF Corporation Have in Common?

July 13, 2018

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.

Pat Morrill, Agency and Group Coordinator, SAIF Corporation
Judi Croft, Safety Services Supervisor, SAIF Corporation

Guest Host: Lori Little, Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association

Website Mentioned:  SAIF.com

ORLA Member Benefit: Special program services and discounts through Summit Cleaning & Restoration.



17. Sexual Harassment Prevention

June 8, 2018

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 work environments, so you can ensure you have a respectful workplace for all. Then get wise to ways of resetting the bar of what is acceptable in your business, if needed.

Darcey McAllister, HRT Northwest

Guest Host:

Lori Little, Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association

Websites mentioned:


ORLA Member Benefit:

Discounts with Guardian Group on sex trafficking recognition and response training.


16: Food Waste Stops With Me

May 17, 2018

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.


Alex Bertolucci, Green Business Advisor, Washington County

Scott Youngblood, Embassy Suites by Hilton Portland, Washington Square

Punky Scott, The Bomber Restaurant and Catering

Guest host: Lori Little, Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association


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ORLA Member Benefit:

10% off Snagajob's full suite of hiring software and solutions


15: Northwest Food Show Special Edition

May 2, 2018

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, fostering the next generation of culinary professionals, and plant-based cheese. Hear about the relationship that launched Ox Restaurant, feeling fed with gluten-free, the future of Pok Pok, blending media types for better business, and how you can partner with the Oregon Food Bank.



0:20 - Pam Peck, Resource Conservation and Recycling Manager, Metro

6:50 - Chef Rick Bayless, Frontera Farmer Foundation

18:14 - Chef Andrew Hunter, Foster Farms

26:24 - Chef Heidi Lovig, Heidi Ho! Organics

35:50 - Chefs Greg Denton and Gabrielle Quiñónez Denton, Ox Restaurant and Bistro Agnes

44:26 - Phebe Rossi, Founder, Nuflours

51:03 - Chef Andy Ricker, Pok Pok

1:01:52 - Ben Powers, CEO, Visiting Media

1:16:22 - Sharon McFadden,  Food Resource Developer, Oregon Food Bank


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14: Let it Grow, Let it Grow

March 23, 2018
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 responsibilities, schedules, and resources available to help you easily implement the program— and help your employees see their savings grow.

Joel Metlen, Public Engagement Manager, OregonSaves, Oregon State Treasury
Guest host: Sarah Schenck, Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association

13: If This Were a Normal Administration

February 23, 2018
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 fudging" may affect the tip pooling decision, and how #metoo has impacted confidentiality agreements.

 Richard Meneghello, Attorney at Law, Fisher & Phillips LLP
Guest host: Sarah Schenck, Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association


12: Translating the Legalese of Pay Equity

January 22, 2018

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 Milligan help us understand the “legalese” of pay equity.

Guests: Anne Milligan, Fisher Phillips and Jennifer Nelson, Ogletree Deakins
Guest host: Lori Little, Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association