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Every year, millions of men, women, and children are trafficked worldwide—including right here in the United States (U.S.). It can happen in urban, suburban, and rural communities and victims can be any age, race, gender identity, sex, ethnicity, nationality, immigration status, and socio-economic class. Throughout the month of January, Blue Campaign will join many organizations and members of the public...
Despite the clean slate of a legislative session, the first day of the new session was filled with partisan rhetoric from both sides. PRLA will focus on bipartisan recovery legislation this session; however, many issues are expected to be presented that will lead to much debate over the coming months. House & Senate Make-up Republicans were able to maintain their majority...
It is hard to imagine what our lives were like before COVID. As we reflect on a year where the lows seemed to have outweighed the highs, and some key votes didn’t go the way we believed they should have, we would be remiss not to highlight those that championed the industry and stood with us when times were...
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Partisan Politics It is hard to imagine life before COVID, even within the legislature, but this year’s session continued to display the partisan divide that only seems to grow as time goes on. While some legislation was achieved with bi-partisan support—key issues like elections and COVID restrictions caused more dissension than unification. Gubernatorial Power Not only has Gov. Wolf held complete control...
The scholarship program is administered by PRLA's charitable foundation, PRLA Educational Foundation (PRLAEF). It annually provides Pennsylvania students with the opportunity to further their education in the hospitality industry. Since the program's inception in 2006, the PRLAEF has awarded more than $345,000 in scholarship monies. In 2020, the PRLAEF was pleased to award a record $45,265 to 31 Pennsylvania students...
State Items A federal judge in Western Pennsylvania ruled that aspects of the Wolf Administration’s COVID-19 mitigation strategies were unconstitutional, specifically the business shutdown order and the limits on gathering sizes. The Third Circuit issued a stay, meaning that the Administration could continue to enforce the 25/250 restrictions while it reviewed the appeal. Ultimately, the outcome of the ruling is a...
Outdoor conditions will soon make it too cold for al-fresco service in many parts of the country. As a result, many restaurant owners and managers are looking into indoor air purification solutions to provide a safer indoor environment for their patrons, expecting that customers will be more apt to frequent their location. Unfortunately, there are limited indoor air filtration...
PRLA raised $257,627 for Hospitality Assistance Response of Pennsylvania (HARP) to fund 848 one-time grants of $250 to provide immediate emergency assistance to hospitality workers impacted by COVID-19. Founding sponsors, Tito’s Vodka and Yuengling, kicked off the first round of fundraising with the initial base donations. Additional support from major donors Frank B. Fuhrer Wholesale, Origlio Beverage, Breakthru Beverage Group,...
PRLA is dedicated to ensuring the vitality of the hospitality and tourism industry in Pennsylvania. Saving time and money while using a reputable, trust-worthy source for all human resource needs is very important. That’s why we are excited to offer you a benefit that allows you to pursue your passion while leaving your business needs in trusted hands. PRLA...
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ServSafe Dining Commitment—AHLA Safe Stay Initiative Cleanliness and safety have been at the core of the hospitality industry since the beginning. Long before the Coronavirus, hotels and restaurants were dedicated to the highest cleaning, sanitation, and safe food handling standards. The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) and the National Restaurant Association/ServSafe recently launched new safety initiatives for enhanced cleaning measures...
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