Congressman Francis Rooney seeks fair retail status for travel agencies
Washington, D.C.- Today, Congressman Francis Rooney led a bi-partisan letter to Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta about the need to modify an outdated and unjustified regulation negatively impacting travel agencies.
Congressman Rooney stated, “Travel agencies are the quintessential 21st century retail establishment. With great innovation and state of the art facilities, these organizations, and the men and women who work at them, are on the forefront of local economies across the country, helping American families plan their dream vacations.
“This is why it is unfair for travel agents to lack the overtime requirements other retail employees have under the Retail or Service Establishment exemption of the Fair Labor Standards Act. I led this bi-partisan letter to Secretary Acosta to highlight the critical need for travel agents to be removed from this unwarranted list. Our hard-working travel agents deserve the same treatment as all other retail employees.”
Last year, Congressman Rooney introduced H.R. 2515, the Travel Agent Retail Fairness Act, a bi-partisan bill that would remove “travel agencies” from the list in 29 C.F.R. § 779.317 of business types that are foreclosed from qualification as an Retail or Service Establishment (RSE) exemption. In Florida, the travel agency industry has over a $550 million economic impact, with over 1600 retail locations, and provides over 10,000 full time jobs.