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Long Beach leaders reject law that would protect housekeepers at local hotels

Pro-labor voices on Long Beach’s City Council fell short of convincing their colleagues of the need for a new city law regulating working conditions for housekeepers who clean the city’s hotels. The council voted 5-4 Tuesday night to reject a proposal that would have required the City Attorney’s office to draft an ordinance setting new rules for all Long Beach hotels, an alteration from the original proposal that called for the protections at hotels with more than 100 rooms. (Long Beach Press-Telegram)

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Upskilling to Beat the Labor Shortage

By David Faro To see a complete list of the training opportunities available through your membership, visit the Hospitality Association Education Foundation (EF) website.  If you have questions or need

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Restaurants gear up for football season

As sacred to the game-day experience as seeing your favorite football player catch a ball in the end zone, the pre-game spread has become a make-or-break in-season ritual. Restaurants across the nation are rushing to score a touchdown with tailgate deals on wings, beer and pizza, and offering online contests and game-day celebrations featuring big-screen TVs. (Nation’s Restaurant News)

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How Restaurants Are Adapting to the Food Delivery Boom

The proliferation of delivery services like Amazon Prime, FreshDirect, and Blue Apron has made leaving the cozy confines of one’s apartment increasingly unnecessary. Why drive all the way to the store and actually interact with fellow humans when the same tasks can be accomplished with just a few clicks? (Eater)

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Obama’s overtime rule will NOT take effect, but changes likely coming

On Aug. 31, 2017, a U.S. District Court in Texas ruled for the 55 state and business plaintiffs who challenged the Department of Labor’s new rule created in 2016 under President Barack Obama. On Sept. 5, 2017, the Justice Department, which defended the new rule, formally ended the attempt to impose the rule by stating they will not appeal the District Court’s ruling. (The Tennessean)

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Yelp and Instawork Team Up to Tackle Seattle’s Staffing Crisis

With 90% employee turnover rates, restaurant-tech company brings fresh ideas to the table. Seattle, WA.— The Seattle area’s cost of living index continues to soar as the hospitality industry struggles

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Hospitality Association Announces 2017 Legislative Heroes

OLYMPIA – Annually, the Washington Hospitality Association recognizes lawmakers who are true champions of the hospitality industry’s priorities. The association is known for its political advocacy and acumen. Nominees for

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Graham-Cassidy ACA Repeal Bill Gains Traction

Here we go again.  Just when you thought the efforts to repeal the ACA might be over, it’s not.  Even after over 50 attempts at repeal in Congress, the latest

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Welcome to WorkSourceWA.com!

Welcome to WorkSourceWA.com! Finding a new job is never easy, but hiring the right talent can be equally tough. To make it easier, WorkSource has teamed up with Monster.com to

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InterContinental Hotels Launches New Midscale Brand

One of the three largest hotel companies in the world unveiled a new midscale brand and began licensing Monday. InterContinental Hotels Group launched Avid Hotels, targeting travelers at a slightly lower price point than its popular Holiday Inn Express brand, a demographic it calls vastly underserved. (Forbes)

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Restaurant Leaders Launch Off-Premises Advocacy Group

A group of restaurant industry leaders have united to create the Catering Council for Multi-Unit Restaurant Operators, an advocacy group focused on addressing regulations, policies, technological changes and best practices in the ‘off-premise’ segment, including takeout, delivery and catering. Founding members of the CCMURO gathered in Atlanta in June for their first official meeting, and announced plans to work together on issues of common concern as part of a broader initiative to raise the profile of the growing off-premise segment. (FSR)

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22 Brands Celebrating Anniversaries

Brands are just like people; as they grow older, they mature, they change, and they suffer the same growing pains as the generations of brands that came before them. And now that the U.S. limited-service restaurant industry has been around for a century or so, brand growth can be seen just like that of a person’s, with concepts navigating the same kind of generational evolution, whether it’s an exciting coming-of-age or a treacherous midlife crisis. (QSR)

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Nontraditional Venues Pave the Way for Future Growth

For some brands, starting out in nontraditional venues and then later growing into brick-and-mortar stores is a formula for success. Sports stadiums and arenas operate seasonally, and even then only for

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Two Minute Video: What you need to know 9/18/17

Seattle short term rental legislation passed; Duplicate paid sick leave policies are still a possibility; WA Hospitality legislative heroes recognized.

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How TripAdvisor and AirBnB Have Drastically Changed Hotels

It’s no secret that tech-based hospitality platforms such as TripAdvisor and AirBnB are seeing great success, causing increasingly significant amounts of concern among the owners and operators of the world’s largest hotel brands. In fact, AirBnB for example has been projected by experts to pull in as much as $3.5 billion by the year 2020, as AirBnB’s number of available listings continues increasing by leaps and bounds in markets that range from New Zealand to Kansas. (Hospitality Net)