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An Unemployment Case Analysis

WORKFORCE SOLUTIONS Background The claimant filed for benefits after being discharged. He was allowed benefits upon a finding that he was fired, but not for misconduct connected with his work.

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Yes on 1183 launches redesigned website

The yes on 1183 campaign has just unveiled its newly designed website, featuring more functionality and information for voters. The homepage now includes recent campaign highlights, such as the Washington

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Seattle event aims to bring cigar bars back to restaurants

The first ever Seattle Cigar Expo took place this past weekend and featured several Washington Restaurant Association members such as El Gaucho, The Ram, Via Tribunali and Caffe Vita.

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Restaurant industry praises fee cap on debit cards

Last week, the Federal Reserve proposed a rule to limit how much banks can charge for debit card transactions. The potential cap would set the maximum interchange fee at 12 cents per transaction, while Fed staffers revealed that consumers pay an average of 44 cents everytime tehy use their debit cards.

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Restaurant Industry Applauds Senate Passage of FDA Food Safety Modernization Act

The important enhancements to the food safety system (hazard analysis, food safety plans, and increased inspections) are all measures that ensure food entering the supply chain is safe.

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Election guide for restaurateurs

Our state is facing another budget shortfall of $4-6 billion. Lawmakers will be considering new taxes, fees and alcohol costs to balance the budget. Electing business-friendly candidates is imperative. If

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New 1099 requirements: weigh in now

The National Restaurant Association has taken a formal position on the new 1099 reporting. They are currently asking restaurateurs to send comments to elected officials through their website. Post your

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Yes to I-1100

WRA members support I-1100 Our Alcohol Task Force is a member driven group and earlier this year they decided to support I-1100. Members have been very engaged in this issue.

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Washington Given Five Budget Recommendations

On Monday of this week there was a public hearing held on the state budget. Marty Brown, director, Office of Financial Management, hosted the event. The entire hearing is available

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ImmigrationWorks USA Northwest Summit

ImmigrationWorks is planning a Northwest Employer Summit in Seattle on August 12. The meeting will bring together employers who rely on immigrant workers and grasp the urgent need for immigration

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Privatizing the Sale of Liquor

The Association has released an official position on initiative 1100. Our member comprised government affairs committee made strong decision to support the initiative that would privatize liquor sales. The following

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Styrofoam on the way out?

Being sensitive to our environment is not a new thought. Restaurants have been thinking about and working on this for a number of years.

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Gov. Gregoire’s Veto of Liquor Price Repeal

We are tremendously disappointmented in Gov. Gregoire’s decision to veto the Legislature’s repeal of the August 2009 liquor price increase. Her decision further destabilizes the restaurant industry’s already grim employment

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WRA Expresses Concern Over Gov. Gregoire’s Budget Proposal

Gov. Gregoire presented her latest budget proposal on Wednesday. The proposal has three critical components that would impact restaurants: Repeal of the pop syrup credit Tax on carbonated beverages @