Tip Pooling Deadline Extended for Up to Two Months
The National Restaurant Association is filing a petition with the U.S. Supreme Court against the Department of Labor’s restrictions on tip pooling. The former deadline of Jan. 19 has been extended for up to two months. The actual date when restaurants must change tip pooling practices still remains unclear – however, changes do not need to be made today. After the NRA files, Jan. 19, and the DOL has decided what its next step is, we will have a clear idea of timing for when restaurants must implement changes – if they do. For more information, visit Washington Hospitality’s tip pooling page. To learn more about restaurants that have changed their tipping policies, see this guide.
Three Paid Leave Bills Introduced in Legislature
Three bills have been introduced that would create a new statewide paid leave policy. House Bill 1116 and Senate Bill 5032, would give employees 26 weeks paid time off. Leave is financed through a payroll tax on both employers and employees. Washington Hospitality Association State Director of Government Affairs Julia Gorton testified at today’s hearing on the House bill. A third bill, Senate Bill 5149, would provide 12 weeks paid time off. Compensation is phased-in up to 67 percent of the employees’ salary, aligning with unemployment insurance coverage. Leave is financed through an employee payroll tax. Hearings have not been scheduled for this bill, but are expected. For more information, contact Stephanie McManus.
Washington Hospitality Association Pushing Hard for State Tourism Funding
The Washington Hospitality Association worked all summer alongside other stakeholders to find ways to support state tourism. A result of the summer work group is House Bill 1123. The bill establishes a tourism marketing authority through the state that is funded 2:1 by private employers and the state. Roughly $5 million dollars would be allotted to tourism out of the general fund budget. Currently, the bill is not scheduled for a hearing. The Washington Hospitality Association GA Team is also working to get a proposal in the Senate. For more information, contact Stephanie McManus.
Minimum Wage Rulemaking Under Way
The Washington Hospitality Association is part of the ongoing rulemaking process with the Department of Labor and Industries regarding implementation of Initiative 1433. Feedback has been solicited from stakeholders that is due on Feb. 2. The group will reconvene on Feb. 13 to examine the feedback. Final feedback is due March 3. L&I will then hold hearings across the state for public comment. The hearing dates and times have not been disclosed yet. We will keep you up-to-date as more information is available. For more information, contact Stephanie McManus.
King County Members: Your New Restaurant Grading System is Here
The Seattle and King County Public Health Department rolled out a new restaurant grading system on Jan. 17. Stakeholders, including our government affairs team and restaurant owners and operators, worked closely with the health department to create the new system. The new system brings new food safety rating categories and requires signs be placed in windows. Learn more here.
Hotel Members Are Local Heroes
The Seattle Hotel Association hosts its 20th annual Evening of Hope Gala Feb. 4 to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for Mary’s Place, serving homeless women, children and families in Seattle. In 2016, the association raised more than $500,000! Learn more about the event here. Learn about the team behind the event here.
Hill Climb and Taste Our Best, Feb. 6 – Register Now!
Hill Climb and Taste Our Best is coming soon on Feb. 6. Your decision to attend Hill Climb is perhaps the most important choice you will make this year. In recent history, the hospitality sector has rarely had to adjust to so many significant changes in one year. Legislators need to hear about this from you and Hill Climb is your chance to tell them. Don’t forget later in the evening, the Taste Our Best legislative reception brings together the people of the hospitality industry and legislators for a night of great food and the finest beers and wines. It is the premier event of the legislative season – and its free. And be sure and head to this link to download the Washington Hospitality Events app. – your indispensable tool to guide you through Hill Climb. For more information, contact Wendy Hughes.
Fast Eddie’s, Gas Lamp, Borracho, Press Public House and Daniel’s Broiler on DineNW Radio Show – Listen Online!
Don’t miss this week’s DineNW radio show, now online. Co-hosts Ross Boylan and Paul Schlienz kick off the show with an interview with Spokane restaurateur Jeremy Tangen, owner of Fast Eddie’s, Press Public House, the Gas Lamp and Borracho Tacos & Taquilleria. Andy Cook then joins with Paul for a chat with Bob Cramer, senior general manager at Daniel’s Broiler, Bellevue Place.
Eye on Hospitality: Foodservice Industry Makes Animal Welfare a Priority
The public is demanding humane treatment of animals, and industry and government are responding. On Jan. 19, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued regulations mandating that organically grown livestock have space to lie down, turn around, stand up and fully stretch. Read more…
- 2017 Food and Beverage Policy Roundup (Smart Brief)
- How Restaurants Are Suffering Through Freak Winter Weather (Eater)
- Palo Alto Calls for Exempting Tipped Workers from Minimum Wage (Palo Alto Online)
- There’s a Massive Restaurant Industry Bubble, and It’s About to Burst (Thrillist)
- The Job Market Is Heating Up for Fast-Food Workers (Bloomberg)
- Democrats Want to Revive Obama’s Overtime Rule State by State (Bloomberg)
- Restaurant Law Center Takes the Fight to the Courts (The Hill)
- Valuing Hotels: The Competitive Quotient and The Art Component (Forbes)
- Double Whammy: Businesses and Customers Feeling the Cost of Minimum Wage Increase (KHQ)
Website Uses Crowdsourcing to Collect Complaints About Restaurant Illnesses (The News-Tribune)