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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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Paid Leave

In Nov. 2016, Washington state voters passed Initiative 1433, creating a new state mandate on employers to provide paid sick leave benefits. Here are the main details of the new

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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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Teen Wage/Minimum Wage Legislation

Two bills to change elements of Initiative 1433 have been introduced. Senate Bill 5541 would institute a teen wage. This additional wage level for those under 18 years of age mirrors

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Tip Pooling

As we notified you in May 2016, restaurant employers were granted a 45-day extension to institute changes to mandatory tip pooling while decisions were made at the Supreme Court. Previously, the

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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.

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I-1433 FAQ

Q: When does the initiative go into effect? A: The first minimum wage increase, to $11/hr goes into effect Jan. 1, 2017. Employers have between now and Jan. 1 to

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Sunset Clause Added to Spokane Leave Policy

Spokane City Council added a sunset clause to the city sick leave policy on Nov. 14. The city policy will start Jan. 1, 2017 and end on Dec. 31. 2017. The

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Initiative 124: Access to Gold-Level Health Care

Seattle voters passed Initiative 124 on Nov. 8, 2016. Initiative 124 concerns health, safety and labor standards for Seattle hotel employees. In the mini series today: Paying for access to

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Initiative 124: Protecting Hotel Employees from Injury

Seattle voters passed Initiative 124 on Nov. 8, 2016. Initiative 124 concerns health, safety and labor standards for Seattle hotel employees. In the mini series today: Protecting Hotel Employees from Injury

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Initiative 124: Safety Alert Systems & Black Lists

Seattle voters passed Initiative 124 on Nov. 8, 2016. Initiative 124 concerns health, safety and labor standards for Seattle hotel employees. In the mini series today: Protecting Hotel Employees from Violent

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Fighting for a better solution after the passage of I-1433

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 8, 2016 Contact: Stephanie McMannus (360) 956-7279 StephanieM@wahospitality.org We believe there were better solutions for Washington than Initiative 1433. Looking ahead, we will work with stakeholders to

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Minimum wage in WA to increase 6 cents in 2017 – unless I-1433 passes

The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) announced today that the state’s minimum wage will increase 6 cents in 2017. The wage will rise to $9.53 an hour on Jan. 1.

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Understanding the New Federal Overtime Rules

As most employers now know, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)recently issued new overtime rules, significantly increasing the overtime pay exemption threshold.

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Washington Restaurant Market Watch: Quick-Service Restaurants Embrace Self-Service Kiosks

Self-service kiosks are appearing in quick-service restaurants throughout the world. With rising labor costs, this trend is sure to expand.