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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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Initiative 124: Protecting Hotel Employees from Injury

Seattle voters passed Initiative 124 on Nov. 8, 2016. Initiative 124 concerns health, safety and labor standards for Seattle hotel employees. In the mini series today: Protecting Hotel Employees from Injury

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Eye on Hospitality: Lifting People Up and Building Careers

On Oct. 6, the Washington Hospitality Association hosted a hiring event at Motif Seattle. In partnership with the Department of Health and Social Services Employment Pipeline Region 2 and Motif, Washington Hospitality was able to provide community members with valuable employment opportunities. In just one day, more than 65 deserving individuals were given new jobs.

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Here’s how to stop workplace violence

Every year, nearly 2 million Americans report they’ve been victims of workplace violence, a labor attorney said during a recent National Restaurant Association webinar.

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Did you know? Breastfeeding laws for employers

The WRA and WLA are your resource. We recently updated our HERO manual (log-in for access) to include the current provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act regarding breastfeeding employees. What

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Service Charges

Federal law defines service charges as a compulsory charge for service. In contrast to service charges, guests decide whether to give tips, how much to give and who to give it them to, subject to a tip pool.

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Meet your future workforce

By Lyle Hildahl, director of the Washington Restaurant Association Education Foundation There have been mega reports on the gap between positions needed to fill for the next decade and the

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ACA: Nothing changes in 2017

The ACA Employer Mandate / Employer Penalty, originally set to begin in 2014, was delayed until 2015 / 2016. ObamaCare’s “employer mandate” is a requirement that all businesses with 50 or more full-time equivalent employees (FTE) provide health insurance to at least 95% of their full-time employees and dependents up to age 26, or pay a fee. ($2,000 per employee)

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Resources to initiate successful employment

For years, the Department of Social and Health Services has invested millions of dollars to provide public assistance for those in need. It has been challenging to get to the next step – to get individuals on public assistance jobs leading to a long term career that’s sustainable.

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Develop and retain your staff

This year has been difficult to find people and keep them. The labor market seems tight and when I try to hire a person, from a dishwasher to a manager the money they’re asking for is higher than what I’m paying my long-term employees.

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Improve performance with results focused training

As we begin hiring for our busier season, we are re-examining our training practices. In the past, it seems like we were constantly chasing our tails as business rapidly improves. I’d like this year to be better than years past. What needs to change to improve performance?

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Washington Restaurant Market Watch: Overtime pay proposal could have big impact on restaurants

Policies have consequences. In the case of President Barack Obama’s June 29 proposal for new overtime rules, the impact on restaurants could be enormous.

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The restaurateur’s guide to immigration rules

I-9 forms. E-Verify. Visa rules. The web of immigration laws and regulations can be overwhelming, and the smallest slip-up can lead to steep fines and penalties.

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Creating a smart, successful industry workforce—one program at a time

Insufficient training is easier to conceal in some industries than in others. But poor preparedness within the restaurant industry is nearly impossible to hide.

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Ask the Expert: Keep labor dollars from slipping through your fingers

My total labor percentage including taxes runs between 36-40 percent each period. I understand this is normal, but I can’t afford it any longer. What are some ideas to help bring that number down?