MRLA News Now
Welcome to MRLA News Now – a video update provided by the Michigan Restaurant & Lodging Association designed to provide membership with industry news, legislative updates, and MRLA activity in just a few minutes.
- MRLA News Now - May 2023
In this News Now video, we bring you a recap of the MRLA's largest Capitol Day to date and invite you to attend the Michigan Hotel Conference in June. We also introduce a new opportunity for this year's speakers at the 2023 Women in Hospitality Leadership Conference.
- MRLA News Now - April 2023
Spring has officially sprung here in Michigan and the MRLA wants to ensure your team is prepared to handle the busy tourism season! ServSafe classes are coming to Mackinac Island in May as part of a special island promotion. In addition to new training opportunities, we also provide you an update on the latest ProStart happenings as our students prepare to head off to the National Competition in Washington DC. This video is sponsored by SpotOn, for more information please visit https://bit.ly/4282TSK
- MRLA News Now - March 2023
The MRLA Headquarters is undergoing some office renovations, but that won't stop us from bringing you the latest industry news! With current pending legislation that could impact your business, the MRLA encourages you to use your VOICE on Wednesday, May 10 at Capitol Day to meet face-to-face with elected leaders and discuss the impacts this legislation could have on your business. Register today to secure your spot! Today's News Now Video is Sponsored by Sysco, for more information visit https://www.sysco.com/
- MRLA News Now - February 2023
In this episode, the Women in Hospitality Leadership (WIHL) Grand Rapids Chapter invites you to attend Cocktails & Convos, our first networking event of the year! We also discuss new laws allowing more access for service dogs to enter businesses in Michigan. These new mandates will take effect on March 1, 2023. This video is presented by Littler. For more information, please visit https://www.littler.com/hospitality
- MRLA News Now - January 2023
It’s a new year and MRLA News Now is back to keep you updated on key industry happenings! In our first update for 2023, Team MRLA invites you to join us for a Hospitality Industry Mixer in Detroit. In addition to our latest networking event, we introduce our Say NO to Norovirus campaign and provide resources to help protect your business! Tune in every month to stay informed and get the most out of your MRLA Membership!
- MRLA News Now - October 6, 2022
MRLA News Now is back from its summer hiatus with two things you don't want to miss: how to access funds to upskill your team for free and what you should be doing to celebrate Michigan's hospitality industry on November 9! Today's News Now is sponsored by Plante Moran! For more information, visit https://bit.ly/3Eo2D9D.
- MRLA News Now - June 24, 2022
In this episode of News Now… It’s finally summer here in Michigan which means long weekends at the lake, trips to the swimming pool, cocktails on the patio, and all the other things we love this time of year. Along with the arrival of one of our favorite seasons comes new legislation that changes the way we serve alcohol. This update also includes our exciting plans for the fall, the first-ever statewide conference for Michigan’s Women in Hospitality Leadership and other upcoming events! Today's News Now is sponsored by Gordon Food Service! For more information, visit https://www.gfs.com/en-us
- MRLA News Now - April 28, 2022
Today's News Now gives an overview of the upcoming legislative priorities before summer break and gives more details on the can't-miss Industry Insights: Forward Momentum event happening on May 9!
- MRLA News Now - March 18, 2022
Today's News Now reflects on a busy few weeks including a recap of the Michigan ProStart Competition that's sending Culinary and Restaurant Management winners to the National Invitational in Washington D.C., the impact of the MRLA Capitol Day, and shares ways for operators to become involved with the HOPES Program!
- MRLA News Now - February 10, 2022
News Now is back for 2022! In the first episode of the year, we discuss the launch of the Hospitality Training Institute of Michigan (HTIM), a recognized training and career institute for hospitality industry employees, the return of MRLA Capitol Day on March 9, and a new partnership with Adesso Capital to bring restaurant & hotel operators much needed financial assistance through a new program called Restaurant Relief.
- MRLA News Now - December 16, 2021
Before we sign off for the year, the MRLA has some important reminders for you! We discuss the Starbucks unionization in New York, remind you about the upcoming minimum wage increases, and as you give back this season, don’t forget about the Michigan Restaurant & Lodging Association Educational Foundation when making your contributions. On behalf of team MRLA, we wish you a wonderful holiday and a happy new year. See you in 2022!
- MRLA News Now - December 9, 2021
The season of giving is in full swing and the MRLA is giving members a new resource to promote their holiday offerings. Give the Gift of Hospitality encourages the public to support the hospitality industry by purchasing a gift card this holiday season. We are also introducing two brand new resources for our members: ‘What’s with the Pineapple?’ podcast and a refreshed website for the MRLA Educational Foundation including updated information, educational tools, new grant programs and more!
- MRLA News Now - November 18, 2021
The holidays are just around the corner and to kick off the season, the MRLA is taking a part in Full Plates, Full Hearts: our fourth annual community meal giveaway in Detroit. Today’s News Now update also covers valuable Member resources like the MRLA Job Board and a newly launched Mental Health Resources page for both operators and their employees.
- MRLA News Now - October 28, 2021
What's going on for Michigan's hospitality industry this week? In today's News Now update, we cover a new short-term rental reform package initiated by MRLA and discuss how restaurants - and their guests - can help in the fight against hunger in the Michigan Harvest Gathering's Meal Challenge!
- MRLA News Now - October 14, 2021
As always, there's a lot to cover in today's News Now. The MRLA breaks down the largest budget in our state's history, how to support your industry peers at the Stars of the Industry Awards, new industry data and what it means, and the Kids LiveWell program launch.
- MRLA News Now - September 12, 2021
- Summer is over and action in Lansing is ramping back up! In today's News Now, MRLA updates you on the budget process, what's happening with the American Rescue Plan funds and how you can recognize your staff for their outstanding work at the Stars of the Industry Awards.
- MRLA News Now - August 12, 2021
It is August, we are in the doldrums of summer, but the MRLA still has a lot to report in today's News Now. Today, we cover the results of the MRLA's recent industry operations survey, talk about the upcoming WIHL Webinar, and give you 100 reasons to be a member of the association.
- MRLA News Now - June 24, 2021
Bringing you MRLA News Now today from a restriction-free, full capacity environment for the first time in 463 days! Today, we cover how the MRLA is working for you in the form of workforce solutions, a $1 billion proposal to support the industry from federal aid dollars, and our approach to short term rentals legislation here in Lansing.
- MRLA News Now - May 13, 2021
There's a lot going on in Lansing and Washington DC, so in today's News Now, we distill it down to what matters most right now: finding workers and reopening Michigan's economy. What is the MRLA doing to help? Tune in for details.
- MRLA News Now - April 8, 2021
There's a lot of information to cover in today's News Now! The MRLA provides updates on the Restaurant Revitalization Fund and new details. We also discuss survey data released last week that shows Michiganders' view on reintegration and prioritizing vaccines for our industry as well as our upcoming virtual Industry Insights: Cultivate Your Comeback event to prepare your business for the upcoming season.
- MRLA News Now - March 1, 2021
In today's News Now, we update the industry on MRLA's economic reintegration proposal, the Michigan Legislature nearing a deal on $2 billion in COVID-19 relief, what's happening on the federal level with relief and minimum wage, as well as new contact tracing and health screening software available for free to members.
- MRLA News Now - February 3, 2021
It's 2021 and MRLA News Now is back to provide you with industry news! In today's News Now, we share our priority to advocate for relief for our industry at the legislative level as well as new ways the MRLA is working to provide value to our members.
- MRLA News Now - February 12, 2020
In today's News Now, we break down the governor's 2021 budget proposals that affect the hospitality industry and introduce a new Hospitality Supervisor Boot Camp that your management team won't want to miss!
- MRLA News Now - January 15, 2020
Today, we discuss Pure Michigan funding and what the MRLA is doing to restore it for Michigan's hospitality industry. We also provide a preview of what to expect at our upcoming Industry Insights regional event in Detroit on Feb. 24.
- MRLA News Now - December 18, 2019
In our last News Now update of the year, we recap what's happening with Pure Michigan funding in the budget as well as an update on legalizing sports betting and what that means for your business.
- MRLA News Now - November 20, 2019
In today's News Now update, the MRLA honored its 2019 Legislators of the Year last week for being strong advocates for Michigan's hospitality industry. We also discuss the upcoming Detroit Restaurant & Lodging Association Full Plates, Full Hearts event in partnership with Detroit Shipping Co.
- MRLA News Now - November 6, 2019
In today's MLRA News Now, we fill you in on the Overtime Salary Threshold, what it would mean for you and what the MRLA is doing to protect your business. We also ask you the save the date for the Great Lakes Hospitality Conference & Expo on October 20-21, 2020. MRLA Members will be able to register for an all-inclusive price of $299 -- so plan now! Future pricing packages will be announced soon. To be the first to know about new GLHCE announcements, visit https://bit.ly/36B4t3T
- MRLA News Now - October 9, 2019
Today's MRLA News Now is full of important industry information! First, an update on the State of Michigan budget that had 147 line item vetoes last week, including Pure Michigan and hospitality workforce development programs. The Michigan Restaurant & Lodging Show is less than a week away and FREE registration has been extending to Friday at 5PM. #MRLAShow2019 is bigger and better than ever before with something for everyone. Register today: https://bit.ly/2obQlMB
- MRLA News Now - September 25, 2019
An unintentional oversight of the 2017 tax reform bill left improvements to your business with a 39 year depreciation period instead of the intended 15 years. Congress needs to hear from you about this important issue! Share your story here: https://actnow.io/xFExVWS The Michigan Restaurant & Lodging Show is only 3 weeks away! Register to participate in the Pork on my Fork Competition and Pizza Challenge for your chance to win big! More info: https://bit.ly/2naTjjP
- MRLA News Now - September 11, 2019
The Michigan Legislature is back in Lansing and the first topic on everyone's agenda: the state budget. We are focused on restoring Pure Michigan funding and preserving funding for hospitality industry workforce development. We have also announced our Lodging Keynote Speaker for Day 1 of the Michigan Restaurant & Lodging Show! Register today: https://bit.ly/2JG7eIZ
- MRLA News Now - August 29, 2019
Let's talk about National Food Safety Month. #NFSM starts in September with the theme of "Controlling Risk: The Elements of of a Food Safety Management System" and free resources are available weekly at michiganfoodsafety.com. We also preview the upcoming MRLA Progressive Dinner -- a unique event you don't want to miss!
- MRLA News Now - August 14, 2019
Today, we provide you with a snapshot of what to expect at the Michigan Restaurant & Lodging Show on October 15 & 16! We also feature our new legislative update platform: Phone2Action. Text HOSPITALITY to 52886 to sign up for updates on what's happening in Lansing as it effects Michigan's hospitality industry, or click here: https://p2a.co/Oz8EXgM .
- MRLA News Now - July 31, 2019
Is your team ServSafe certified? As an MRLA member you and your team receive a 20% discount on classes, testing and certification. Check out our schedule for details: https://bit.ly/2SVWFmx
In the name of providing VALUE for our members, we are also offering a FREE Process Variance Culinary Lab on August 15! Secure your spot today before space runs out: https://bit.ly/2OtzlOA
- MRLA News Now - July 17, 2019
Two major topics being covered today: the federal "Raise the Wage Act" and how you can help as well as a solution that the MRLA is providing to your workforce development and retention problems.
- MRLA News Now - June 19, 2019
The MRLA has been fighting for more workforce development funding in the 2019-2020 Fiscal Year Budget. Today's News Now provides an update on that process and a recap of the annual MRLA Golf Outing.
- MRLA News Now - June 6, 2019
In today's News Now, we provide an update on the auto no-fault insurance reform that was signed into law and recap last week's Mackinac Policy Conference.
- MRLA News Now - May 22, 2019
In today's News Now, we give you an overview of our NEW MRLA Legal Center! We also recap last week's record-breaking Capitol Day with over 170 member advocating directly for Michigan's hospitality industry and remind you how to continue to be involved.
- MRLA News Now - May 8, 2019
In today's News Now, we have some good news! Thanks to the MRLA VOICE, the Michigan Senate has restored the $5 million to the Pure Michigan budget and increased it by $1.5 million. Also, for the first time in 3 years, a comprehensive package of bills has been introduced to regulate Short Term Rentals and keep everyone on an even playing field.
- MRLA News Now - April 10, 2019
This week, we are recapping our trip to Washington DC to advocate for our industry and how that resulted in the release of 30,000 additional H2-B Visas! We also offer resources on how to be prepared and protect yourself from ADA lawsuits.
- MRLA News Now - March 27, 2019
Last week, we published our 2019-2020 legislative priorities and we break them down for you here. We also recap the Michigan ProStart Competition and give you an opportunity to experience the winning creations!
- MRLA News Now - March 13, 2019
In today's News Now, we recap the Governor's budget recommendations and update you on the DOL's rewrite of the Overtime Rule. We also invite you to the Michigan ProStart Competition on March 17-18 in Lansing to see the future of our industry in action!
- MRLA News Now - February 27, 2019
Today, we are providing you with an update on the Minimum Wage and Paid Sick Leave laws as well as recapping the Governor's State of the State.
- MRLA News Now - February 13, 2019
In this week's News Now, we provide an update on the Joint Employer Standard lawsuit as well as release the results of MRLA Industry Trends Report for Q4.
- MRLA News Now - January 30, 2019
The Pure Michigan Governor's Conference on Tourism is coming up on March 5 - 7 in Traverse City! Good news: MRLA has secured a discount for Restaurant Members! Use code 100MRLA for $100 off of the regular registration price. Register here: https://bit.ly/2C9hvHo **Please note: you must register one person at a time to receive the discount per person.** Don't forget to register for Industry Insights -- a regional event in Detroit on February 20! Industry professionals will be able to attend educational seminars, access specials from vendors and network during the free cocktail hour.
- MRLA News Now - January 17, 2019
Happy New Year! With a new year, comes a new administration at Michigan's Capitol, which means the MRLA is working on building new relationships. You can help by reaching out to your new elected officials! The MRLA is also launching Industry Insights -- a regional event in Detroit on February 20! Industry professionals will be able to attend educational seminars, access specials from vendors and network during the free cocktail hour. Minimum Wage + PSL Update: The minimum wage will remain at $9.25 until March 29, 2019. On that date, it will increase to $9.45. The tipped minimum wage will increase to $3.59 on that same date.