WASHINGTON, D.C. – A new law proposed to Congress would provide payroll grants and tax credits to the hotel industry.
The Save Hotel Jobs Act was introduced by Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) and Rep. Charlie Crist (D-Fla.) on April 28 and would be the first to specifically provide aid for the hotel industry.
Under the proposed legislation, hotels would be provided grants for employee payroll and benefit expenses. Any hotels receiving grants would be required to give laid-off workers recall rights.
It would also allow a payroll tax credit for half of the costs of personal protective equipment, technology to reduce the impact of the pandemic, COVID-19 testing for employees, and enhanced cleaning.
The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) pledged its support for the legislation.
“No industry has been more affected by the pandemic than hospitality. Government-issued travel bans and restrictions, which are meant to slow the spread of the virus, have wiped out 10 years of job growth in our industry. Now, millions of jobs and thousands of businesses are at risk—not just hotels, but the many businesses and workers hotels also support in the community. Congress must step up now to support the hotel industry workforce with targeted relief,” Chip Rogers, CEO of AHLA, said of the move.