Weekly Update: Wage-and-hour lawsuits reach record numbers

Weekly Update: Wage-and-hour lawsuits reach record numbers

Wage-and-hour lawsuits reach record numbers

More than 7,000 wage-and-hour lawsuits were filed in federal courts during the year that ended March 31 — a record high, according to a national law firm’s analysis of court data from the Federal Judicial Center. The recent activity represents a huge jump over the roughly 1,500 FLSA suits filed in the 1993 reporting year, said the law firm. For the full article, go to http://wra.cc/wra081012a.

Seattle Times: ”The private sale of liquor in Washington is working”

The privatization of liquor sales is working out better than expected nearly a year after the passage of Initiative 1183, according to Seattle Times editorial columnist Bruce Ramsey.

“Before liquor privatization, state stores had a tested compliance rate of 94 percent, while private stores selling beer and wine had a rate in the 70s,” writes Ramsey. “But the liquor board has just tested the new retailers, and the compliance rate in July was 92 percent.”

To read the entire article, go to http://wra.cc/seatimes081512.

Help ProStart and win a 2008 Ford Mustang Shelby GT 500 Cobra Coupe

Attention Muscle Car lovers! See how lucky you are and try to win a high performance 2008 Ford Mustang Shelby GT 500 Cobra Coupe with a V8 Supercharged engine, a 6-speed manual transmission with overdrive, and only 110 original miles. This sports car is pure entertainment and fun to drive! However the best part is that you would also be helping fund ProStart to provide scholarships for culinary students and professional development opportunities for culinary educators. ProStart is a program for high school students that give our young people the opportunity to train with professional chefs and learn about the art of cooking and managing restaurants. For more details and to find out which events the Shelby will be displayed, go to http://wra.cc/winashelby.

ERNWest releases webinar schedule and training information for WRA members

Employer Resources Northwest (ERNWest) is the workers’ compensation partner of the Washington Restaurant Association. ERNWest’s role is to “be on your side” by performing the hard work necessary to reduce the time and frustration processing and tracking worker’s compensation claims so you can focus on enhancing the performance of your business. To learn more about ERNWest’s role in managing your claims, please visit http://www.ernwest.com/wra/. There you can find a schedule of webinars and training information that will help you fully understand the benefits you now receive with ERNWest.

Now Casting! Kitchen Nightmares in Seattle with Chef Gordon Ramsay

FOX reality show Kitchen Nightmares is coming to Seattle for a casting call of restaurant candidates. Chef Ramsay will attempt to turn one ordinary and empty restaurant into the most popular, sought-after venue in town. Call or email 310-313-9100, kitchennightmares@theconlincompany.com. Interested restaurants can also download the application or apply online at www.theconlincompany.com. Restaurants must have been open at least one year, offer dinner service, not be a franchise or chain and have at least 35 seats. This is a casting call with no guarantee of acceptance.