5 things to know: 26 October 2017
5 things to know: 26 October 2017
26 OCTOBER 2017 9:33 AM

From the desks of the Hotel News Now editorial staff:

  • House faces concerns to begin US tax debate
  • Brexit deal to be voted on by early 2019
  • How employers can head off claims of retaliation
  • US, Canada weekly performance numbers
  • Guitar-shaped Hard Rock hotel in the works

House faces concerns to begin U.S. tax debate: U.S. House members plan to have a budget vote on Thursday “that represents an attempt to stick to their ambitious goal of delivering tax-overhaul legislation by year’s end,” Bloomberg reports. Meanwhile, lawmakers from some high-tax states are hoping the plan preserves at least some of the state and local tax breaks.

GOP lawmakers from New York and New Jersey, who want to maintain state and local tax breaks, believe they may have “enough votes to put the budget resolution in jeopardy” if they don’t get their way, the news organization reports.

Bloomberg also reports that “convincing disaffected moderates to go along with the budget vote Thursday is just one step. They are likely to draw a harder line on a final tax bill if their concerns are not addressed.”

Click here to read about what hoteliers think about the proposed tax reform.

Brexit deal to be voted on by early 2019: Brexit minister David Davis said Thursday that Britain’s parliament “will vote on whether to accept the government’s deal on exiting the European Union” by the end of 2018 or early 2019, Reuters reports.

Reuters reports that Davis told parliament, “If it goes to the timetable (EU negotiator Michel) Barnier expects, or wants to go to, which is October of 2018, it’s likely the European Parliament will vote December or January ... we will have that put before the house before then, there’s no doubt about that.”

How employers can head off claims of retaliation: Legal and human resources experts say the best way to deal with employee retaliation complaints is to take steps to ensure there are none in the first place, Hotel News Now’s Bryan Wroten reports.

Experts said that training and workplace culture play a role in avoiding these situations.
Kara Maciel, founding partner of Conn Maciel Carey, said during a webinar the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission hears many claims regarding discriminations falling under Title VII, which states employers “cannot discriminate against an employee for making charges, testifying or participating in enforcement proceedings.”

“Most of the retaliation claims come in under the opposition clause,” Maciel said. “It’s when someone has brought a complaint to HR and raised an issue of discrimination. That underlying charge is investigated or resolved, and then two weeks later or three weeks later, that employee gets a legitimate performance problem, criticism and written warning. The individual thinks it’s not because of poor performance; it’s more related to my previous complaint to HR.”

US, Canada weekly performance numbers: Hotels in the U.S. and Canada reported positive year-over-year results in the three key performance metrics for the week ending 21 October, according to data from STR, Hotel News Now’s parent company.

The U.S. hotel industry reported a 0.9% rise in occupancy to 72.8% for the week, 1.7% growth in average daily rate to $131.58 and a 2.6% increase in revenue per available room to $95.82.

In Canada, occupancy increased 3.8% to 73.9%, ADR rose 5.8% to 157.55 Canadian dollars ($122.92) and RevPAR was at CA$116.43 ($91.13), a 9.8% increase.

Guitar-shaped Hard Rock hotel in the works: In a ceremony Wednesday, the Seminole Tribe of Florida and Hard Rock International unveiled the first few stories of the guitar-shaped hotel that’s been in the making for 10 years, the Miami Herald reports.

The deal for the 638-room hotel was finalized by Gov. Rick Scott in July after the original hotel deal expired two years ago. The hotel is being designed to look like two back-to-back guitar faces, and it’s said it will be 450 feet high when finished.

The guitar-shaped hotel is part of a $1.5 billion expansion plan, which is anticipated to bring 2,909 ongoing jobs and 9,936 construction jobs to South Florida, the newspaper reports.

The project, named the Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood complex, is slated to debut in summer 2019.

Compiled by Danielle Hess.

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