L.A. leaders seek stiffer hotel tip law

first_img“We never were told that,” Hahn said. “Our intent was to have a measure the city could enforce.” She said she would seek a change to allow the city to monitor the hotels. A statement from the hotels said they are in full compliance with the law. [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.But the council’s Trade, Commerce and Tourism Committee was told it has limited enforcement authority because the hotels changed the name of the fees for conventions and large meetings from “service” to “facility” charges. “It sounds to me like the hotels are up to their old tricks to get around the law,” Councilwoman Janice Hahn said. “They are spending a lot of money to avoid doing the right thing.” Council members adopted the tip law last year as a compromise in exchange for dropping a living-wage ordinance they had wanted to impose on the six hotels around LAX. “This is just another game by the hotel owners,” Councilman Bill Rosendahl said. The panel asked for recommendations on available options within a month. But it was also told that the city regulation has no enforcement provision and that it is up to the workers to sue if hotels are not following the law. By Rick Orlov STAFF WRITER New complaints over hotels near Los Angeles International Airport withholding tips from workers prompted a city panel Wednesday to call for toughening laws on employers. The City Council recently approved a law requiring hotels around LAX to pay tips to their workers. last_img read more