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Secure Scheduling Ordinance: Employees have a right to provide input on schedules

On Sept. 19, 2016, the Seattle City Council unanimously passed the Secure Scheduling Ordinance into law. We’re rolling out bite-sized pieces in the coming weeks to get you up to

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Weekly Update: U.S. House of Representatives Passes Overtime Delay Bill on Bipartisan Vote

The House of Representatives has passed a bill by Rep. Tim Walberg, R-Mich., to delay the Department of Labor’s overtime regulation by six months. The measure passed by a bipartisan vote of 246-177, and would move the overtime rule’s implementation date from Dec. 1, 2016, to June 1, 2017.

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Marriott buys Starwood, becoming world’s largest hotel chain

Several of the best-known names in travel are now united in one hotel company. Marriott International closed Friday morning on its $13 billion acquisition of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, bringing together its Marriott, Courtyard and Ritz Carlton brands with Starwood’s Sheraton, Westin, W and St. Regis properties. (CNBC)

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Why so many restaurants are filing for bankruptcy

News that Cosí Inc. filed for bankruptcy Wednesday came as no surprise to industry observers. The chain has lost money for years. (Nation’s Restaurant News)

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Self-driving robots deliver restaurant meals

Fleets of self-driving robots capable of delivering groceries or restaurant meals are now being tested in the U.S., with the promise of conquering the challenge of the “last mile.” Starship Technologies, an Estonian technology company established in 2014 by the co-founders of Skype, have developed the robots — which resemble six-wheeled buggies — to deliver food, packages and goods to consumers within a short radius of their point of origin. (Nation’s Restaurant News)

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Why so many of America’s sushi restaurants are Chinese-owned

Prices of Chinese food in America are relatively low, prompting thousands of Chinese-American restaurateurs to open Japanese-style sushi establishments. “Japanese food has more prestige and seems to, if you just look at a menu, have greater economic opportunity attached to it, because people are conditioned to pay more for rice and protein when it’s presented as sushi than rice and protein when it’s presented as a stir fry,” said Sasha Issenberg, author of “The Sushi Economy.” (Washington Post)

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Industry associations’ merger to become official

Saturday will mark the effective date of the formal merger between the Washington Restaurant Association and Washington Lodging Association, officially forming the Washington Hospitality Association. The two have been operating as one for quite some time. (Business Examiner)

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Washington Restaurant Market Watch: Restaurants See Lower Commodity Costs

The current environment is a tough one for restaurants. With rising labor costs and lower sales, restaurants struggled during the first half of 2016. The industry, however, has found relief in lower commodity costs.

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Secure Scheduling Ordinance: 10 hours between shifts, good faith estimates

On Sept. 19, 2016, the Seattle City Council unanimously passed the Secure Scheduling Ordinance into law. We’re rolling out bite-sized pieces in the coming weeks to get you up to

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5 Marketing Tactics You Can Borrow From Popular Hotels

Competition in the hotel industry is fierce, requiring companies to get more and more creative with their marketing strategies in order to stand out in their crowded field. No wonder industry leaders have developed innovative marketing strategies that can be translated to fit almost any other type of business. (Entrepreneur)

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Jack in the Box to debut ‘Brunchfast’

Jack in the Box hopes to shake up the increasingly competitive breakfast daypart with the launch this week of a new platform: Brunchfast. In a presentation Wednesday at the Wells Fargo Retail, Restaurant & Consumer Forum, Jack in the Box brand president Frances Allen unveiled the platform of premium brunch items that she said would “blaze a new trail for a so-far-untapped daypart.” (Nation’s Restaurant News)

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Starbucks Says Its New Stores in Low-Income Areas Are Profitable

Starbucks Corp. said its move to put stores in low-income areas such as Ferguson, Missouri, hasn’t been a money-losing endeavor. The three locations open so far as part of the project have been profitable, said Rodney Hines, director for community investments for Starbucks’ U.S. retail operations. (Bloomberg)

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San Francisco Bay Area battle brewing over soda tax

SAN FRANCISCO – The national fight over sugary soda is bubbling up in the San Francisco Bay Area, where voters in November will consider a tax on the drinks that many health experts say contribute to diabetes, obesity and tooth decay. Backers of the campaign say a penny-per-ounce tax is needed in San Francisco, Oakland and tiny Albany to curb consumption of sweetened cola, sports drinks and canned teas that people gulp without thinking, adding empty calories. (Fox News)

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National Restaurant Association Praises House Passage of Legislation to Delay DOL Overtime Rule

(Washington, D.C.) Today the National Restaurant Association issued the following statement regarding the House passage of the Regulatory Relief for Small Businesses, Schools, and Nonprofits Act (H.R. 6094) which would delay the Department of Labor’s overtime regulation for six months: “We are grateful that Congress stood with small business and passed the Regulatory Relief for Small Businesses, Schools, and Nonprofits Act. We thank Congressman Walberg (R-MI) for his leadership in getting this bipartisan legislation introduced and passed quickly through the House. (National Restaurant Association)

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Minimum wage in WA to increase 6 cents in 2017 – unless I-1433 passes

The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) announced today that the state’s minimum wage will increase 6 cents in 2017. The wage will rise to $9.53 an hour on Jan. 1.