Gov. Inslee Proclaims May as Hospitality Month
Gov. Jay Inslee has decreed May 2017 to be Washington State Hospitality Month. This is an honor for our industry in recognition of the nearly quarter of a million people employed by the hospitality industry in our state. The proclamation will be read at our May 5 hiring event, in Seattle, jointly hosted by the Hospitality Association, DSHS Employment Pipeline and the Washington Employment Security Department. You can learn more about the event and register for it here.
Legislature Passes Skilled Worker Outreach Bill
Senate Bill 5713 has passed both the Senate and the House. Now the bill goes to Gov. Jay Inslee’s desk to be signed. The Washington Hospitality Association has been in full support of this legislation and most recently testified on March 21 (which you can watch here.) This is a great success for our industry and our workforce. This bill creates a grant for skilled worker outreach and training. This grant would apply to several programs we offer through the Education Foundation that help our employees move upward. For more information, contact Stephanie McManus.
Seattle Secure Scheduling Rules Finalized
The final rules of Seattle’s new Secure Scheduling Ordinance were released to the public today. The law takes effect July 1, and seeks to regulate how restaurants and retail businesses schedule hourly employees. It applies to retail and food service establishments with 500+ employees worldwide, as well as full service restaurants with 500+ employees and 40+ locations worldwide. Our team is digging into the new rules and will have education resources available soon. Learn more here. For more information, contact Jillian Henze.
The Willows Inn Named No. 1 Restaurant in U.S. by Opinionated About Dining’s Annual Survey
More than 4,500 reviewers consider The Willows Inn on Lummi Island in Washington to be the best restaurant in America. This is why this Washington Hospitality Association member has been designated the No. 1 restaurant, in the U.S., by Opinionated About Dining’s annual survey, based on 160,000 restaurant reviews. Congratulations to The Willows Inn and chef/owner Blaine Wetzel!
Check Your Oysters: New Shellfish Recalls in Norovirus Outbreak
The Washington State Department of Health reported today it is recalling more locally harvested shellfish, which may be the source of a recent norovirus outbreak. Citizens in Western Washington and British Columbia have been sickened. Harvest closures and recalls have been ordered, including shellfish from Hammersley Inlet, in Mason County. A recall has been issued for any shellfish harvested from Hammersley since March 15. Norovirus symptoms can include diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, stomach pain and fever, according to the health department. Learn more about the recall here. For more information, contact Jillian Henze.
Advisory Network Video: Designing a Menu for Special Events
Watch the newest video in our Advisory Network series. Rick Braa, Principal at AMP Services, gives some tips on designing a menu for special events. If you want to watch all of the videos from the Advisory Network, you can find them here. Consultations with the Washington Hospitality Association Advisory Network are a free member benefit. If you have a question, contact your area coordinator and we’ll put you in touch with one of the Network’s industry experts.
Washington Hospitality Hiring Event on Dine NW Radio Show – Listen Online!
Don’t miss this week’s DineNW radio show, now online. Andy Cook and David Faro discuss the Washington Hospitality Association’s exciting hiring event on April 13, in Tacoma. Ross Boylan and Paul Schlienz then interview Spokane restaurateur Jeremy Tangen, owner of Fast Eddie’s, the Gas Lamp, Borracho Tacos & Taquilleria and the Press Public House.
Eye on Hospitality: Credit Card Processing Made Easy
Credit card processing can be expensive and complicated for hospitality businesses. The Washington Hospitality Association realized its members needed a better alternative to what was being offered, and set up its own program. The result was Washington Hospitality Association Credit Card processing program, providing lower credit card processing rates to its members, saving them lots of money. Read more…
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