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Update for Thursday, June 11

AAHOA is bringing you the latest information as it relates to COVID-19 and your business.

Help AAHOA help hotel owners by sharing this update with owners in your network, whether they're AAHOA Members or not. Turn to AAHOA's Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter accounts for the latest.

 

CONTENT FOUND IN THIS UPDATE

  • Next Generation in Lodging: Young professionals discuss race and inclusion in the hospitality industry

  • USDOL Webinar: Learn about paid sick leave requirements, tax relief, and other critical coronavirus-related info

  • Webcasts: 110+ in the library; more than 17,000 educated to date

  • McKinsey & Company: Get a look at some recovery scenarios for hotels, as well what guests say will make them feel safe when traveling

  • Typsy: Entire educational library available for free to support safe return to operations

  • STR: Slight rise but year-over-year declines are still significant

  • MAPP Report: July hotel occupancy trending upward

 

Businesses Seek Liability Shield from Congress As COVID-19 Lawsuits Pile Up

The fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic continues – but now on an entirely different front. More than 2,600 coronavirus-related lawsuits have been filed this year, according to the law firm Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, which has been tracking the lawsuits. More than 1,300 were filed in the past six weeks – 23 on Friday alone – prompting business groups to refocus almost all their lobbying efforts on securing liability protections from Congress.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, one of the loudest voices in favor of a liability shield, is calling for Congress to pass legislation before July 4. But with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) saying there won’t be any action on the next coronavirus bill until after the two-week July 4 recess, it isn’t likely to happen. Read more here and keep track of the lawsuits nationwide here.

 

6 Key Questions to Ask Yourself to Avoid COVID-19 Wage and Hour Lawsuits

With thousands of COVID-19-related employment lawsuits already having been filed nationwide, employers need to be aware of ongoing issues that impact the physical and remote workplace. One area where employers need to be mindful is in the context of employees’ conduct before and after their shifts (also referred to as “preliminary” and “postliminary” activities) and whether such time is compensable.

For example, you may wonder whether you are required to pay employees for time spent washing their personal protective equipment (PPE) or uniforms to limit the transmission risk of COVID-19. Asking yourself six key questions will help you determine your wage and hour obligations and if you have an available defense if faced with a lawsuit.

Next Generation in Lodging: Part 2 - ‘Inclusion Is a Unicorn’

Join us at 2 p.m. EDT tomorrow, Friday, June 12 as the next generation of hospitality professionals hold an open and frank discussion about race and inclusion in the hospitality industry. The event, supported by AAHOA, CHLA, NABHOOD, and LHA, will focus on how hospitality companies intend to address minorities’ concerns about workplace diversity and lack of opportunity for people of color. Register now.

 

U.S. Department of Labor Offers Webinar on Coronavirus-Related Paid Sick Leave Requirements for Business Owners, Employers, and Other Stakeholders

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) in Chicago is joining with the IRS and the U.S. Small Business Administration to discuss paid sick leave requirements, tax relief, and other coronavirus-related information critical for employers and business owners during a webinar at 12 p.m. EDT tomorrow, June 12. Employers, business owners, and other stakeholders are encouraged to join the webinar.

There is no cost to attend, but space is limited and registration is required. Learn more and register here.

Stay Informed on How to Protect Your Hotel with Our COVID-19 Webcast Series

In the wake of the impact of COVID-19 on the hospitality industry, AAHOA is bringing you a series of webcasts that will keep you informed and help determine next steps for your business. We have educated more than 18,000 hoteliers to date and feature more than 110 webcasts separated by category in our library. Email your ideas for future topics to COVID19@aahoa.com.

 
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Hospitality and COVID-19: How Long Until ‘No Vacancy’ for U.S. Hotels?
The COVID-19 pandemic hit every single sector worldwide, but none was as hard hit as the hotel industry. And according to management consulting firm McKinsey & Company, it will be the slowest to fully recover. In a recent article, the firm examined a set of recovery scenarios for U.S. hotels, including differing return and recovery timelines for hotels ranging from luxury to economy segment. On the consumer side, they looked at what guests say will make them feel safe when traveling, including contactless check-ins and checkouts, and an added emphasis on hygiene.

They also reviewed the factors affecting the initial return of travel in the domestic business and leisure segments.

 
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Typsy Offers Entire Educational Library for Free to Support the Strong, Safe Return to Operations
In its efforts to help support all people in the hospitality and tourism industry globally, Typsy has opened up its entire content library of more than 700 lessons for free until September 30, 2020. During this time, a Typsy member gets unlimited access to engaging online learning from some of the world’s best hospitality professionals. They can watch hundreds of industry specific bite-sized videos in the ever-growing Typsy library, earn micro-credentials, complete quizzes, even gain endorsed certificates and download helpful resources.

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U.S. Hotel Results for Week Ending June 6: Slight Rise But Y/Y Declines Still Significant
STR data ending with June 6 showed another small rise from previous weeks in U.S. hotel performance, but year-over-year declines remained significant although not as severe as the levels recorded previously. “Not much different from previous weeks, occupancy continued to climb toward the 40% mark with noticeably higher levels on Friday and Saturday,” Jan Freitag, STR’s senior VP of lodging insights, said. “The lower end of the market continued to lead, with economy properties finally selling more than half of their rooms again, although all hotel classes were comfortably above 20%. Read more here.

 

MAPP Report: July Hotel Occupancy Trending Upward

Hotels have been seeing slow but steady increases in occupancy since the beginning of April and there’s more good news on the horizon. In its recently released Market Analytics, Pace, and Performance (MAPP) report, myDigitalOffice states: "Looking forward to the 4th of July weekend, business on the books data has been increasing, slowly but steadily, week by week. As of June 4 (data was pulled on the 5th), for the upcoming holiday weekend, occupancy across the U.S. was around 12%." See the full report here.