MHLA Monthly News – December 2016


Emergency Injunction Granted on the Department of Labor’s Overtime Regulation
U.S. District Court Judge Mazzant granted an emergency injunction on the Department of Labor’s overtime regulation on November 22. The preliminary injunction prohibits the new overtime rules from going into effect on December 1st. The Department of Labor issued an appeal but while the appeal is being heard, the new regulations are enjoined and can not go into effect. The DOL issued this press release with more information. (Information current as of December 1.)

Mandatory Paid Sick Leave Legislation expected to Pass in 2017
At a meeting called by Senator Middleton in November, proponents and opponents to statewide sick leave legislation discussed the amended bill as passed by the House of Delegates earlier this year. MHLA participated in the meeting as part of the Business Council opposed to the bill.

Read more in this article posted by MACO.

Montgomery County Council Experts to Consider $15 Minimum Wage Bill Later This Year

The Montgomery County Council could begin working later this year on legislation to raise the county’s minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020. The new bill would continue the incremental increases that began in 2014, raising minimum wage to $12.50 in 2018, $13.75 in 2019 and $15 in 2020. Council members said the hearings probably won’t begin until at least December.

To read the full Bethesda Magazine article, click here.

Leggett Says He Can’t Support Minimum Wage Bill as Written

Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett wants a county council committee to rewrite a bill that would increase the county’s minimum wage gradually to $15, according to a memo he sent council President Nancy Floreen Tuesday. In his memo, Leggett said he wants the council to consider how an increased minimum wage will affect employers’ bottom lines. Not only would there be increased payroll costs, but the businesses would face increased costs in their contracts, he said. The county would face similar increases, he said.

He also said the county executive should have the authority to cancel an automatic increase in case of an economic downturn.

To read the full Bethesda Magazine article, click here.

New effort to raise Baltimore’s minimum wage to $15 begins

With eight new Democrats joining Baltimore’s City Council in December, proponents of a $15 hourly minimum wage relaunched their campaign to hike wages for the city’s low-income workers. After failing by one vote in August, advocates for a higher minimum wage feel more confident now that three council members who opposed the measure are being replaced by new members who’ve pledged to support the increase.

To read the full Baltimore Sun article, click here.

MHLA Accepting Nominations for the 2017 Stars of the Industry
The Maryland Hotel Lodging Association is now accepting nominations for the 28th Annual Stars of the Industry Awards. Please click here to view and submit nominations online.
Detailed information about the awards categories and submission requirements can be found in the 28th Annual Stars of the Industry Brochure. Properties must be MHLA members in good standing to submit nominees for awards consideration and only one nominee per category per property is allowed. Deadline for all nominations is January 13, 2017.Please save the date:
February 7, 2017, 11am – 1:30pm
The Hotel at Arundel Preserve

MHLA Baltimore City Regional Meeting
We invite all Lodging Industry General Managers, Executives and Senior-level Managers within the Baltimore City area to attend. The invitation is also extended to MHLA Allied Members & MHLA Board Members.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Holiday Inn Inner Harbor-Baltimore Downtown

Topics will include
• Short Term Rental Legislation at the state and local level
• Mandatory Paid Sick Leave
• Post-Labor Day School Start
• Baltimore City Proposal to increase minimum wage to $15
• Human Trafficking Training Requirement for Baltimore City Hotels

There is no fee to attend but your RSVP is requested. Space is limited!
Please call 410-974-4472 or email with the following:

Property/Company, Name, Title and Email of Attendees

Maryland Tourism Cooperative Partnership Award
The Maryland Hotel Lodging Association was one of three organizations awarded the Maryland Tourism Coalition’s Cooperative Partnership Award as a result of our successful partnership with the Maryland Tourism Education Foundation (MTEF). MTEF is a 501c(3) charitable foundation selected as the recipient of MHLA golf outing proceeds in 2015 and 2016. To date, $7,500 has been donated by MHLA for the benefit of Maryland students dedicated to a career in the lodging industry. The award was given at the Maryland Tourism & Travel Summit on November 3rd, 2016.

Maryland Tourism Cooperative Partnership Award

October 2016 STR Report is Available on the MHLA Website
Occupancy, ADR and RevPAR in Maryland is provided monthly to MHLA by Smith Travel Research. To view the report, go to and select “Industry Statistics and Research.” We anticipate the November STR report will be available in a couple weeks. Please check our website for updates. This report is provided to MHLA members as a member service and requires log in to access. For assistance email

Thank you Allied Members who renewed or joined in November
(Log-in to view complete contact information for all Lodging and Allied Members.)

  • CertaPro Painters of Rockville (NEW MEMBER): We at CertaPro offer many services to the hotel & lodging market such as: interior & exterior repainting, caulking & sealing, drywall & carpentry & EIFS & coatings. Contact Tim Ruddo, (240) 426-2876,
  • Constellation (BRONZE PARTNER): Constellation’s Building Systems division specializes in the repair, maintenance, service and replacement of HVAC systems. In addition, we work closely w/ our customers and the engineering community to design custom HVAC solutions. Contact Joe Zito, (443) 506-0077,
  • PSAV-Maryland: PSAV-Maryland is an event technology provider. They provide: Event Technology * Mobile Apps * Video & Audio Web Streaming * Rigging Services * High Speed Internet Services * Power Distribution Services * Conference & Meeting Content Development/Production * Audio Visual and Much More. Contact William Shank, (202) 413-6717,
  • Towne Park: Towne Park offers valet and parking services. We do more than park cars. Whether we’re helping hospital patients with compassion, welcoming hotel guests with valet parking or greeting patrons with a smile, at Towne Park, we remain committed to excellence and dedicated to the people we serve. Contact Steve Farrelly, (410) 267-6111,
Kevin Plank’s Sagamore Pendry Hotel on target for February opening
Sagamore Development Co. has announced that Kevin Plank’s (CEO, Under Armour) Recreation Pier hotel in Fells Point is still on pace to open mid- to late- February 2017. The $60 million project will house Under Armour guests visiting the city. The three-story hotel has over 10,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space.
For the full Baltimore Business Journal article, click here.Hotel, restaurant proposed in Oakland
A proposed hotel, restaurant and retail establishment on three parcels of land located along U.S. Route 219 adjacent to the North Oak Plaza will create job opportunities and grow the Oakland tax base, the commission president says. The hotel is scheduled to be completed first and construction is expected to begin in spring 2017 and the restaurant in 2018.

To read the full Cumberland Times News Article, click here.

Wisp Resort changing name and look of its longtime hotel
Maryland’s only ski resort says it’s changing the name and look of its hotel near Deep Creek Lake. The Wisp Resort in McHenry said in a statement Monday that the Wisp Resort Hotel has been renamed The Lodge at Wisp. The new name is part of a $3.7 million renovation that began last fall and will continue into 2018.

To read the full Baltimore Sun Article, click here.

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