The National Tour Association and the U.S. Tour Operators
Association have hired a Washington-based lobbyist to respond to
proposed changes in federal regulations affecting the labor
classification of tour directors.
At issue is whether tour directors can be classified as exempt,
which would allow them to be salaried employees with full benefits,
despite irregular hours.
NTA and USTOA are also asking the Department of Labor to develop
regulations specifically defining tour directors’ status.
The two associations have hired the Argus Group, a think tank
specializing in tax and labor issues.