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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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Weekly Update: Joint Employer Legislation & Tip Pooling Updates

House Introduces Joint Employer Legislation After months of working closely with key members of Congress, this morning the Save Local Business Act was introduced to correct the damaging impact that

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Weekly Update: Tip Pooling Changes on the Horizon

Tip Pooling Changes on the Horizon – New Deadlines Today, the U.S. Department of Labor announced it intends to issue a “Notice of Proposed Rulemaking” (NPRM) in August. The NPRM would

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Flavor Tax Exemption Ends, but New Taxes Stopped

This year the Legislature was under extreme pressure to find more resources. Due to the McCleary decision squeezing the budget from every angle, many tax exemptions have sunset, and new

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Paid Family Leave Bill Signing – You are Invited to Celebrate with Us!

Happy 4th of July! This year, we hope you will consider extending your celebration an extra day – and join us in Olympia for the Governor’s bill signing, of SB

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Washington State Minimum Wage (Initiative 1433)

Resources, FAQ, and Help I-1433 increased the minimum wage statewide to $11 per hour on Jan. 1, 2017 (with the exception of Seattle which went up to $15). It also

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Businesses support bipartisan law creating statewide paid family and medical leave

OLYMPIA, WASH. (JUNE 30, 2017) – After many months of thoughtful, strategic planning by Democrats, Republicans, businesses and labor, Washington has proposed a balanced, bipartisan law to create statewide paid

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Weekly Update: Third Special Legislative Session Begins

Third Special Legislative Session Begins Gov. Jay Inslee has called lawmakers back for a third special session to work to fund the McCleary decision, a court-mandated K-12 education funding within

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Seattle restaurants and hotels endorse Jenny Durkan, Sara Nelson and Scott Lindsay

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MEDIA CONTACT: Jillian Henze, Local Communications Manager, 360-956-7279 ext. 124, jillianh@wahospitality.org Seattle restaurants and hotels endorse Jenny Durkan, Sara Nelson and Scott Lindsay SEATTLE (JUNE 19, 2017)

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Seattle Restaurant Alliance issues statement on beverage tax

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Stephanie McManus, Communications Advocacy Manager, 360-956-7279 ext. 160  Seattle Restaurant Alliance issues statement on beverage tax Group sought to work with council to identify solutions; disappointed

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Paid sick leave requirements

Starting January 1, 2018, employers in Washington will be required to provide their employees with paid sick leave. Accrual Paid sick leave shall accrue at a minimum rate of one

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Legislative News – 2017 special session begins

The regular session ended on Sunday, April 23. Special session began today. Several bills are still in the works as they are considered necessary to implement the budget (NTIB). Bills

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Legislative News: Fourteenth Week of the 2017 Session

Today is the 99th day of 105-day session that is scheduled to end on April 23. There is discussion of session ending on Sunday, after legislators work through the weekend. However,

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Legislative News: Thirteenth Week of the 2017 Session

is the 92nd day of 105-day session that is scheduled to end on April 23. This Wednesday is the last day to pass bills from the opposite house (except initiatives,

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Legislative News: Twelfth Week of the 2017 Session

Today is the 85th day of the 2017 session that is scheduled to last 105-days. Tomorrow, April 4 is the last day to pass bills out of fiscal committees and read them