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A Recap of 2017

Posted By Adam Mills, Tuesday, December 19, 2017
Updated: Wednesday, December 20, 2017


“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language and next year’s words await another voice. And to make an end is to make a beginning.” T.S. Eliot

I’m not sure I will ever forget 2017, a year mired in controversy and worry.  Whether it be questions about Russia, North Korea’s pursuit of nuclear weaponry or an end to the year bogged down with countless stories about sexual harassment in the workplace. In a world that seems divided and unsettled, leadership has never been more important.


2017 began with President Trump in office and high expectations that our industry would see many positive changes. The first hurdle, the Affordable Care Act, continues to be a complicated issue.  While some changes have taken place, many businesses must still navigate a maze of regulation that has cost small businesses millions and hasn’t seemed to solve any problems for those we employ.  I do remain optimistic by the fact that the Trump Administration has helped create an environment where organizations like the National Restaurant Association can create programs that can help move things in a positive manner. KRHA Members will now have access to a plan designed for small businesses, in conjunction with our partner, United Healthcare.  This plan is available in December 2017 with more healthcare solutions to come in the next few months!


The second hurdle we all believed to clear in 2017 was massive tax reform.  As you know, Congress enacted the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the most comprehensive update to the U.S. Tax code in more than 30 years.  As one of the nation’s largest private sector employers, restaurants and hospitality businesses operate on very thin margins in which a simplified and lower tax structure helps create the stability that leads to economic and job growth. Your partners at the National Restaurant Association worked hard to ensure a better structure for the industry.


Another important hurdle for the hospitality industry in 2017 was regulatory reform. This included the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) overruling the 2015 Browning-Ferris Industries decision, returning to the traditional standard that had governed the joint-employer standard for decades. The NRA helped make this possible by supporting a newly constituted NLRB, which included Marvin Kaplan and William Emanuel. Other regulatory reform included national menu labeling mandates that were consistent and fair across the country.  KRHA also passed a statewide menu labeling preemption helping make sure that no local municipality could pass a more onerous standard than the rest of the state.  The other regulatory issue that we have been working through it tip pooling.  That topic alone is probably worth a phone call if you have tipped employees who are sharing their tips with others, the KRHA office has a lot of information on this so rather than confuse you in a paragraph.  Call anytime to discuss recent changes and the many rules that exist around this.


Despite a controversial 2017 for the U.S, including baseless comments made on Social Media, slanted opinions in our press and ridiculous statements made by so many of the uninformed, I feel proud of what we’ve accomplished. I focus on finding strength and positivity from the remarkable people I have the pleasure of serving each and every day.  Restaurant owners are the true embodiment of the American Dream, putting people to work and teaching valuable life lessons to so many first job holders, as well as moving people from all walks of life to the middle class.

2018 is going to be a success for the industry, because of the contribution made by each of us. A New Year is on the way and the possibilities are endless!


Yours truly,
Adam R. Mills
President & CEO


Tags:  hospitality industry  Lodging  Restaurant 

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