I-1433: Resources, FAQ, and Tools to Help You Get Ready
Dealing with the changes after the passage of I-1433 can be daunting. We are here to help. Below is a compiled list of resources and information. If you don’t find the answers you need on this page, please contact us at (360)956-7279 or StephanieM@wahospitality.org.
Frequently Asked Questions –
All the questions we have heard from members thus far and the answers you need. From teen wage, service charges, local preemption and paid leave – it’s all here.
What are other businesses doing?
The best benchmarks we have about how businesses will handle the minimum wage increase is to reference what happened in Seattle when they city instituted a city-wide increase. The University of Washington was hired by the city to do a study of impacts. And, after a year they released their results. You can read those results in the study here. According to the report, Seattle businesses made these changes: 62% raised prices on goods/services, 30% added service charges or fees, 30% reduced their number of employees, and 11% left Seattle.
Do you need to change your business model, reevaluate where you are going to cut costs or find new solutions that will save you money? Your local area coordinator (AC) has answers. Visit our membership team page to locate the AC for your area. Your AC can access our Advisory Network that includes accounting help, legal resources, management professionals and more. Additional help beyond our free Advisory Network can be accessed at discounted rates. They can also assist you with programs that cut costs for your business. AC’s have the tools to empower restaurateurs and hoteliers to achieve optimal financial, staffing and operating results. Call your AC today! If you can’t locate an AC for your area call (360) 956-7279 for assistance.
Implementing services charges is one solution that many members have asked about and considered. If you are considering a service charge after the passage of I-1433 please read our HERO manual page 35-37. These two pages offer in-depth answers to tricky questions and what the legal requirements are regarding service charges. The HERO manual is a free membership benefit.
Here are some examples of how other restaurants in Washington are handling service charges: