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Weekly Update: Big Changes Coming in 2018 – Paid Leave and Minimum Wage

Big Changes Coming in 2018 – Paid Leave and Minimum Wage Washington’s employers are facing some big changes in 2018. Get ready for a new state paid sick leave program

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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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Weekly Update – Elections: Democrats Will Likely Control State Senate in 2018

Election Update: Democrats Will Likely Control State Senate in 2018 All eyes, on Election Night, were on the Senate race in East King County’s 45th Legislative District. Although the final

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Weekly Update: Make Your Vote Count: General Election Ballots Due Nov. 7

Make Your Vote Count: General Election Ballots Due Nov. 7 The Washington Hospitality Association urges members to participate in the Nov. 7 general elections. The Association has endorsed candidates in

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Seattle mayor proposes city-run retirement plan

Seattle is proposing retirement savings accounts for all employees. Mayor Tim Burgess is seeking to establish a city-run retirement plan. His budget proposal includes funds for a feasibility study and

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Seattle Refocuses On Short-Term Rentals

The Seattle City Council is working to get short-term rental legislation approved before the year’s end. In an important step forward, the council passed legislation regulating short-term rentals out of

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Tacoma City Council Amends Paid Leave Policy

TACOMA – The Tacoma City Council voted unanimously on Sept. 29 to amend the city’s paid sick and safe leave policy, creating a duplicate policy for businesses to comply with.

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Government Affairs Meetings Near You

Discuss Key Issues Impacting your Business with Your Local Lawmakers! Each year, the Hospitality Association Government Affairs (GA) team holds series of meetings around the state (see the locations below).

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Weekly Update: Our 2017 Legislative Heroes

Hospitality Association Announces 2017 Legislative Heroes Annually, the Washington Hospitality Association recognizes lawmakers who are true champions of the hospitality industry’s priorities. “The legislators we’ve chosen this year fight for

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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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Weekly Update: Rule for Overtime Pay Struck Down

Major Victory for Hospitality Industry: Rule for Overtime Pay Struck Down U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant has struck down the rule for overtime pay, saying the Labor Department set an

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Weekly Update: Paid Sick and Safe Leave Policy Amendment Put on Hold in Tacoma

Victory for Employers: Paid Sick and Safe Leave Policy Amendment Put on Hold in Tacoma In November, Washington voters passed Initiative 1433, mandating paid sick and safe leave accrual for

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Support Education Foundation Through Golf FORE! Education Tournament, September 19

Support Education Foundation Through Golf FORE! Education Tournament, September 19 This year the Washington Hospitality Education Foundation has celebrated many wins for Association membership and local hospitality communities. Understanding that

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Weekly Update: Jenny Durkan Leads in Seattle Mayoral Primary – Big Win for Hospitality Industry!

Jenny Durkan Leads in Seattle Mayoral Primary – Big Win for Hospitality Industry! The Seattle restaurant and hotel political arm, Seattle Hospitality for Progress, endorsed Jenny Durkan for mayor and