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NLA: Overtime On Gratuities Is The “Issue Of Our Day”

Posted on February 23, 2012
(L to R) NLA President Diane Forgy, NLA legislative commitee member Dawson Rutter, NLA Lobbyist Louie Perry, NLA board members Richard Kane and Scott Solombrino, NLA lobbyist Greg McDonald, NLA legislative commitee members Rich Azzolino and Michael Renehan.

(L to R) NLA President Diane Forgy, NLA legislative commitee member Dawson Rutter, NLA Lobbyist Louie Perry, NLA board members Richard Kane and Scott Solombrino, NLA lobbyist Greg McDonald, NLA legislative commitee members Rich Azzolino and Michael Renehan.

(L to R) NLA President Diane Forgy, NLA legislative commitee member Dawson Rutter, NLA Lobbyist Louie Perry, NLA board members Richard Kane and Scott Solombrino, NLA lobbyist Greg McDonald, NLA legislative commitee members Rich Azzolino and Michael Renehan.
(L to R) NLA President Diane Forgy, NLA legislative commitee member Dawson Rutter, NLA Lobbyist Louie Perry, NLA board members Richard Kane and Scott Solombrino, NLA lobbyist Greg McDonald, NLA legislative commitee members Rich Azzolino and Michael Renehan.
NLA lobbyist Louie Perry discusses the industry's current regulatory issues and the efforts taken by the NLA to fight them on behalf of all operators.
NLA lobbyist Louie Perry discusses the industry's current regulatory issues and the efforts taken by the NLA to fight them on behalf of all operators.

Another threat to the industry is the increase in lawsuits filed by former employees against companies who use the I/O model. Law firms have seen that the industry is an easy target because not all operators are diligent about keeping records and files in proper order.

Other highlights include the NLA’s commitment to the RIDE Act to stop abusive fees being charged by airports. There are two bipartisan bills in the House & Senate: H.R. 1691 and S. 1922, respectively. The NLA has successfully helped operators in Phoenix get Sky Harbor International Airport’s proposed increase in fees indefinitely suspended.

The NLA also reported its finances for 2011:

Total assets as of 12-31-2011: $1,357,748.
2011 expenses: $968,800
2011 income: $975,851

For more information on the issues affecting the industry, please contact Cornerstone Government Affairs on its website or at (202) 448-9500.

— Michael Campos, LCT assistant editor

Related Topics: DOT issues, federal regulations, independent contractor issues, industry regulations, IRS regulations, legal issues, legislation, National Limousine Association, NLA board of directors

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