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Weekly Update: State Releases Economic Forecast

State Releases Economic Forecast On Wednesday, Washington’s Economic and Revenue Forecast Council projected approximately $354 million in extra revenue by 2019, beyond what was previously anticipated thanks, in large part,

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Weekly Update: 2016 Election Results

Tuesday night’s results came as a surprise to much of the country – as almost every projection, poll, data set was off. On the national level, Donald Trump will be our next president, Republicans will have the majority in the U.S. House of Representatives and a slim majority in the U.S. Senate.

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Weekly Update: The Election is Here: Your Vote Matters!

The long-awaited election is here. With state ballot measures on issues like minimum wage, it is essential that you fill out your ballot promptly and mail it in before Nov.

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Weekly Update: Election 2016 – Fill Out Your Ballot, Mail It In and Make Your Voice Heard

Election 2016: Fill Out Your Ballot, Mail It In and Make Your Voice Heard Your general election ballot should have arrived by now. In this election that can profoundly affect

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Weekly Update: Washington Hospitality Association Partners with DSHS to Create More Than 65 New Jobs

On Oct. 6, the Washington Hospitality Association hosted a hiring event in Seattle. In partnership with the Department of Health and Social Services (DSHS) Employment Pipeline Region 2 and Motif, Washington Hospitality was able to provide community members with valuable employment opportunities.

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Weekly Update: Washington Hospitality Association Partners with DSHS for Hiring Event

When the Washington Hospitality Association did its biennial membership survey, we heard over and over about the difficulty of finding the right people to hire. We invest in people more than any other part of our business.

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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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Weekly Update: Seattle City Council Enacts Restrictive Scheduling

On Monday, the Seattle City Council passed the Secure Scheduling Ordinance, 9-0. Full-service restaurants are included in the legislation if they have 40 locations and 500 employees. Everyone else, including

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Weekly Update: Restaurants Granted Stay in Tip Pooling Case

Restaurants Granted Stay in Tip Pooling Case Following last week’s denial by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals of WRA’s petition to reconsider its Feb. 23 ruling in our ongoing

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WRA’s Challenge to Tip Pooling Ruling Rejected by Ninth Circuit Court

On Sept. 6, the Ninth Circuit denied WRA’s petition to reconsider its Feb. 23 ruling in our ongoing tip pooling lawsuit. With this denial, the court’s Feb. 23 decision currently stands.

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Weekly Update: Seattle City Council Will Consider Restrictive Scheduling

The Seattle City Council will consider the proposed employee scheduling legislation for the first time at the Civil Rights, Utilities, Economic Development and Arts Committee special meeting at 12 p.m. on Sept. 7.

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Weekly Update: Don’t Miss Members Only Minimum Wage Webinar – Aug. 29

The WRA and WLA are holding webinars for our members where they can learn how minimum wage Initiative 1433 came to be and what it will entail.

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Weekly Update: Restaurants are America’s Most Popular Industry

According to the annual Gallup Work and Education Poll, restaurants are the nation’s most highly regarded industry.

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Weekly Update: Obama Signs New GMO Food Labeling Law, Restaurants Exempted

President Obama signed into law a bipartisan bill that creating a national standard requiring food manufacturers to disclose foods containing genetically modified ingredients.