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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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Nominees for the 2017 Stars of Washington Lodging Awards are announced

The Stars Awards have a long and hallowed tradition at both the national level through the American Hotel & Lodging Association and here in Washington State, where the lodging community

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Weekly Update: I-1433 Rulemaking Process Under Way at L&I

I-1433 Rulemaking Process Under Way at L&I During September, the Department of Labor and Industries held public hearings around the state on its draft rules to implement Initiative 1433.  The

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Insurance available across state lines?

Many front pages of national newspapers this week hinted that the president is about to issue an order that will relax some federal rules that currently regulate health insurance. The

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Managing food on demand is even more challenging in a kitchen managed by paper

By: Jessica Bryant Adding more ordering/payment channels (both on-prem and off-prem), creates new complexities and challenges for restaurant operators. Historically, restaurants are used to controlling the transaction flow – either

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Weekly Update: Hospitality Industry Responds to Las Vegas Shooting

Hospitality Industry Responds to Las Vegas Shooting The country is in shock after the unspeakable Las Vegas shooting, on Oct. 1. “We extend our prayers and thoughts to the victims

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Health Care and Seattle’s I-124

Seattle voters passed Initiative 124 in November 2016. Here is some information to help members prepare for health care enrollment starting Nov. 1. Rulemaking The city hasn’t yet begun its

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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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Hotels and Motels (L&I Rates Going Down)

Workers compensation premium rates are going down. The even better news is that many of the Labor and Industry premium rates that affect the hospitality industry are decreasing substantially, this

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What is a Health Savings Account? ( HSA – good idea?)

Health Savings Accounts, which let you save for current and future health care expenses on a tax-free basis, turned 10 years old this year.  Yet a decade after they were introduced

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Supercharge! (Your Search Engine Optimization)

12 Tips to Make SEO Easier and More Effective There’s no “too much of a good thing” when it comes to search engine optimization (SEO) for your restaurant(s). With competition

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5 critical (cocktail party survival strategies)

It’s conference season! That means we’re back in full swing and ready to complain about airport delays, horrific conference food, questionable hotel experiences, and coma-inducing presentations. But after a relatively

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Washington Lodging News

Seeking your input on our 2018 legislative priorities Each year, Washington Hospitality’s Government Affairs team holds a series of meetings around the state to gather members’ input on priority issues

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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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Eye on Hospitality: Hotels and Restaurants Plan for Disasters, Serve Their Communities

By Paul Schlienz   Service is what the hospitality industry is all about. Whether it’s providing incredible service to a hotel guest or making a visit to a restaurant a