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What you need to know about Seattle’s Sweetened Beverage Tax

Beginning Jan. 1, 2018, the City of Seattle will impose a sweetened beverage tax (SBT) on the distribution of sweetened beverages within Seattle city limits. Key aspects to note about


Seattle’s short-term rental legislation is one vote away from final approval.

On Tuesday, Dec. 5, the short-term rental regulatory bill—the final piece of legislation in the Seattle City Council’s short-term rental package—passed out of committee.  It will go before the full

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Jobs tax proposal is defeated in Seattle

On Tues., Nov. 14, the Seattle City Council voted on a proposed tax on jobs, and the short-sighted proposal failed in a vote of 5-4. The vote is a victory

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Seattle passes a tax on short-term rentals, regulations to come next

On Mon., Nov. 13, the Seattle City Council voted to impose a tax on short-term rentals of $8 per night for a room and $14 per night for an entire

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2017 Lodging Awards recognize employees who make a difference for guests and communities

In keeping with the annual tradition of honoring the hard work and great service provided by employees in Washington lodging, the Hospitality Association celebrated the Stars of Washington Lodging Awards winners on Oct. 23, 2017 during the Washington Lodging Convention at Tulalip Resort Casino.

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Every Vote Counts: Don’t forget to return your November ballot!

Washington Hospitality encourages members to participate in the Nov. 7 general elections. The Association has endorsed candidates in three special elections for state senate and house seats. The outcome of


Nominees for the 2017 Stars of Washington Lodging Awards are announced

The Stars Awards have a long and hallowed tradition at both the national level through the American Hotel & Lodging Association and here in Washington State, where the lodging community

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Seeking your input on our 2018 legislative priorities Each year, Washington Hospitality’s Government Affairs team holds a series of meetings around the state to gather members’ input on priority issues


2018 Federal Per Diem Rates Go into Effect Oct. 1

The 2018 federal per diem rates recently released by the General Services Administration are a mixed bag for Washington hotels. Federal per diem rates establish the maximum amount government travelers

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LODGING NEWSLETTER: House introduces joint employer bill | Paid family leave passes | STR reports | Primary elections

Be sure to vote in next week’s primary election!  Ballots must be postmarked or dropped off by Tuesday, August 1. Local elections are increasingly important for our industry, and your

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Washington’s paid family and medical leave legislation: A win for employees and businesses alike.

The 2107  legislative session delivered a huge win for the hospitality industry: the passage of Senate Bill 5975 which establishes a paid family and medical leave program at the state

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Expect to Hear News on Tip Pool Lawsuit by Early Fall

Expect to Hear News on Tip Pool Lawsuit by Early Fall On Jan. 19, 2017, the National Restaurant Association submitted a petition to the U.S. Supreme Court challenging the Department of

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WASHINGTON LODGING NEWS: Judge upholds I-124 | Update on Joint Employer Status | Reinventing customer service at Lodging Convention

Seattle hotels and restaurants endorse Jenny Durkan for mayor. Seattle Hospitality for Progress has endorsed Jenny Durkan for mayor, Sara Nelson for city council position 8 and Scott Lindsay for city

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Department of Labor Withdraws Obama-era Guidance on Joint Employer Status

On June 7, US Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta announced that his department was withdrawing the Obama Administration’s informal guidance on joint employment. “The rollback is a step in the right direction,” said Shannon Meade, the

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Lodging News: Convention to look at ICE raids | Governor proclaims May Hospitality Month | Marijuana in the workplace

ESD, DSHS, Washington Hospitality Association and Gov. Inslee join forces for Hospitality Month and job creation.   Gov. Jay Inslee has declared May 2017 as Hospitality Month. This is the