Key issuesJuly 29, 2013
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AH&LA Issues Brief 2013
This issue includes information on:
Travel across the United States
Regulatory Update- including Labor Relations, Per Diem Rates, ADA Pool Lifts
U.S. Lodging Industry Profile
April 18, 2013
…November 07, 2012
Automatic Gratuities Now Considered Wages
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has provided administrative guidelines to its examiners concerning Rev. Rul. 2012-18, published in the 2012-26 Internal Revenue Bulletin, that note when performing a tip examination (aka audit), IRS examiners must ensure that service fees or charges are properly characterized as wages (where FICA rules apply) and not tips.
The IRS notes that for an employer to claim a payment as a tip, it must meet the following criteria:
The payment must be made free from compulsion;
The customer must have the …
The January 31, 2013, deadline for pool and spa accessibility under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is approaching and AH&LA is urging members to review their compliance needs.
AH&LA has worked exhaustively to secure a one year extension and clarification of the January 31, 2012, Department of Justice (DOJ) Guidance. In May 2012, DOJ granted a one year extension to January 31, 2013, and issued two guidance documents related to its interpretation of the requirements for pool and spa accessibility in the 2010 Standards for Accessible Design.
According to the current DOJ guidance, by January 31, 2013, all existing pools and …September 28, 2012
Sept 28, 2012
In response to AH&LA’s efforts on behalf of the lodging industry, the General Services Administration (GSA) announced today that they will not alter its market-based methodology in calculating federal per diem rates.
After hearing from AH&LA and its members about the severe unintended consequences of radically changing the methodology, GSA has decided to freeze per diem rates at the FY2012 level.
While certainly not ideal, the rate freeze is a far less radical approach than the crippling move that GSA had contemplated.
AH&LA appreciates the consideration GSA gave to our concerns and looks forward to working with them to ensure …