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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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Weekly Update: Menu-Labeling Deadline, May 5

Menu-Labeling Deadline, May 5: Know the Rules Starting on May 5, restaurants with 20 or more locations will be required to comply with menu-labeling rules under the Affordable Care Act.

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Minimum Wage 2017

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

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Weekly Update: Seattle Proposal Would Add $76.80 Tax on Soda Syrups

Seattle Proposal Would Add $76.80 Tax on Soda Syrups Mayor Ed Murray is proposing a new tax on sugar-sweetended beverages to eliminate racial disparities in education. The tax, expected to

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Workers’ Compensation

What is workers’ compensation? Workers’ compensation (industrial insurance) coverage protects both workers and employers from the financial impact of a work-related injury or occupational disease. It pays for injured workers’

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Hazard Communication Rule

What is the Hazard Communication rule? The Hazard Communication rule requires you — the employer — to inform and train your employees about hazardous chemicals in your workplace. Note: Washington

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Food Trucks & Trailers

Step 1 – Check to See If You Have a Food Truck Does your food truck or trailer require an L&I inspection? If it does, you must get the inspection

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Employee Safety Alert Systems for Hotels

Here’s a quick overview of technology options that can help Seattle hotels comply with the city’s recently approved hotel initiative. Seattle voters passed Initiative 124 on Nov. 8, 2016, introducing

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Personal Chefs

Personal chefs are independent contractors (not employees) that prepare food in private homes for consumption by household members. Personal chefs may also prepare meals for social events, such as dinner

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More Favorable Laws

When is federal law applied over state law? If there are differences between federal and state laws or rules governing wages, hours and working conditions, the standard more favorable or

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OBAMACARE (Reporting requirements still in place!)

Healthcare Solutions Employers subject to the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) information reporting requirements are reminded that the deadlines to file and furnish Forms 1094 and 1095 are quickly approaching. The

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Tip Pooling

The hospitality industry has faced a series of changes in tip pooling regulation due to the current state of the U.S. administrative branch and the federal courts. Tip pooling deadlines

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Ask Your Advisory Network – Tip Income

QUESTION: Do I (as an employer) have a responsibility to let my employees know to report tip income, including cash tips? Most of the time, cash tips are not being

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DOL Assumes the Worst When It Comes to Quick-Service Restaurant Franchisees

These days, all employers face challenges from regulators over wage and hour rules, but the regulatory climate may be toughest of all for the restaurant industry.