August 26, 2019
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 with CBD and edibles, and new acceptable IDs for Canadians via NEXUS cards.
Steve Marks, Executive Director, OLCC
Will Higlin, Deputy Director, OLCC
- Egg-laying hen protections (and enrichment) for 2024
- Lottery Retailer Forums discuss Oregon Lottery's proposed commission rates
- ORLA Regional Meetings are on the calendar; visit OregonRLA.org for details.
August 13, 2019
Lindsey Miller, National Restaurant Association grassroots advocacy manager and Nicole Peterson, ORLA government affairs coordinator talk about the Portland Kitchen Cabinet, a civic engagement program committed to growing and preserving opportunity in the local restaurant industry. We discuss the importance of grassroots advocacy around the country as well as local community initiatives that help drive relationships with peers, neighbors and elected officials.
Lindsey Miller, NRA Grassroots Advocacy
Nicole Peterson, ORLA Government Affairs
• Possible changes to ACA reporting system
• New Pacific Power shutoff policy
• In-depth Legislative update at the ORLA Hospitality Conference
June 27, 2019
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 wins all around.
Guest: Chris Nordyke, Summit Cleaning & Restoration
• Plastic bag and straw bans coming into effect
• Regional team kickoff around the state
• Cannabis tourism and regulations; OLCC guidance coming
May 29, 2019
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 with two years of data for the renewed Equal Employment demographic form, EEO1. We also examine off-duty consumption issues, your ability to enforce, and what the recent Oregon Supreme Court ruling surrounding the social host statute means for all employers and those who serve alcohol.
Guests: Rich Meneghello, Partner, and Alex Wheatley, Associate, Fisher Phillips
- Hood River sales tax is defeated
- Portland short-term rental crackdown
- Albany lodging facilities under six units no longer exempt from TLT
May 3, 2019
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.
Guests: Martha Humphreys, Culinary Arts Instructor, and Shane Wilder, student (Willamette High School)
Guest: Cory Schreiber, Chef for Sysco Portland
Guest co-host: Wendy Popkin, Executive Director, ORLA Education Foundation
- Legislative bills now dead and those still alive
- One Big Night supports the industry and advocacy efforts
April 25, 2019
'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 from a few exhibitors and the Show CEO. Enjoy a laugh with several personalities from the TV show Bar Rescue.
March 8, 2019
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 commitment to his family, and to publicly thank him for his years of military, legislative and executive service on behalf of our state and our nation. We will miss him.
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
- Meals taxes proposed: Curry County, Hood River County
- Initiative Measure 124 lawsuit and win in Seattle
- Taste Oregon Legislative Reception, presented by Sysco
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:
- 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
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.