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Legislative News: Fifth Week of the 2017 Session

Today is the 36th day of the 2017 legislative session, which is scheduled to last 105 days. The main goal of a long-session, like the one we are in, is

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Members travel from all four corners of Washington to advocate for Hospitality

OLYMPIA, WASH. – Hospitality members didn’t let a snowstorm stop them. Nearly 100 Washington state hoteliers and restaurateurs trekked to the Washington Hospitality Association’s annual Hill Climb and Taste Our

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Legislative News: Fourth week of the 2017 Session

Today is the 29th day of the 2017 legislative session, which is scheduled to go 105 days. The first cut-off is Feb. 17, so bills are being introduced at a

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Legislative News: Third week of the 2017 Session

Today is the 22nd day of the 2017 legislative session, which is scheduled to go 105 days. The first cut-off  is Feb. 17 so bills are being introduced at a

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Legislative News: Second week of the 2017 Session

Today is the fifteenth day of the 2017 legislative session. The session is scheduled to go 105 days. For a schedule of hearings in the upcoming week you can visit:

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Tip Pooling

On July 20, 2017, the U.S. Department of Labor announced it intends to issue a “Notice of Proposed Rulemaking” (NPRM) in August. The NPRM would rescind controversial tip-pooling restrictions which should

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Legislative News: First week of the 2017 Session

Today is the eighth day of the 2017 legislative session. The session is scheduled to go 105 days. For a schedule of hearings in the upcoming week you can visit:

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Tourism

The Washington Hospitality Association worked all summer alongside other stakeholders to find ways to support state tourism. A result of the summer work group is House Bill 1123.  The bill establishes a tourism

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Legislative News: 2017 Session Starts

Today is the first day of the 2017 Legislative Session. Odd numbered years, like 2017, are considered “long” sessions because they are scheduled to last 105-days. During even years sessions are

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Weekly Update: 2017 Legislative Session Begins Next Week

2017 Legislative Session Begins Next Week  The Washington Hospitality Association’s Government Affairs Department is gearing up for the 2017 legislative session, which starts on Monday. It will be a long

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Seattle Minimum Wage

On June 2, 2014 the Seattle City Council voted to implement a city ordinance to increase the minimum wage. The ordinance gives employees in Seattle, a 61 percent wage increase.

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FDA Extends Menu Labeling Deadline to May 5, 2017

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration  announced  on Tuesday that the compliance date for the federal government’s menu labeling regulation to May 5, 2017. Initially, the compliance date was Dec.

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Overtime Rule Blocked in Federal Court: Will Not Take Effect Dec. 1

In a surprise ruling, a Federal judge in Texas issued a nationwide injunction on the Department of Labor’s overtime rules set to go in effect on December 1. These rules,

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Initiative 124: Penalties & Union Carve-Outs

Seattle voters passed Initiative 124 on Nov. 8, 2016. Initiative 124 concerns health, safety and labor standards for Seattle hotel employees. This is your final installment of the mini series: Penalties &