Weekly Update: Washington Hospitality Association Wins Case Against LCB’s 24-Liter Rules

Weekly Update: Washington Hospitality Association Wins Case Against LCB’s 24-Liter Rules

A big win for the Washington Hospitality Association! In 2012, the Liquor Control Board (LCB) limited sales of liquor from retailers to restaurants to 24-liters per day. We filed a lawsuit and the courts ultimately ruled in our favor by overturning the law. The LCB and distributors have decided not to appeal the court’s ruling, so we won the case. Exciting news! For more information, contact Julia Gorton.

I-1433 Draft Rules Available – Your Comments Neede!

During September, the Department of Labor and Industries held public hearings around the state on its draft rules to implement Initiative 1433. The areas covered by these rules are

  • Enforcement — Tips and service charges
  • Enforcement – Retaliation
  • Enforcement – Retaliation – Civil penalties
  • Enforcement – Retaliation – Appeals
  • Enforcement – Paid sick leave

The deadline for submitting comments is Nov. 17. The department is seeking to adopt final rules by Dec. 19. For more information, contact Julia Gorton.

Connect with Your Hospitality Peers in Facebook Groups

Check out our closed Facebook groups to connect with your peers about the things that matter to you. These groups encourage candid conversation between hospitality business owners in regions across the state. Click to check out and join the hospitality alliance closed groups for SpokaneOlympiaBellinghamTacoma and Seattle.


Register Now for 2017 Lodging Convention. Oct. 22-24

Time is running out. Register now for Washington Hospitality’s 2017 Lodging Convention. Don’t miss out on the great speakers, workshops and many opportunities for networking. Companies receive discounts for multiple registrations. Many of the state’s leading hotel companies have already signed up large contingents, investing in their staff and their future. And, click here on your smart phone to download the Washington Hospitality Association Events app (for iPhone and Android) or search “Washington Hospitality” in the app store. You can use the app to help plan your time at the convention, learn more about speakers and network with other attendees.

Tacoma Restaurant Week Brings Dining Deals, Oct. 22-26

Tacoma restaurants unite to bring diners a variety of $30 meals. There are now 32 restaurants participating in this bi-annual event, on Oct. 22-26. Tacoma restaurants that still want to participate in the event can contact Ken Swarner at 253.584.1212 or publisher@northwestmilitary.com. For more information about the event including menus and a list of restaurants participating, visit the Tacoma Restaurant Week Facebook page.

Seattle Restaurant Week in Full Gear Through Nov. 2

Dining deals abound during Seattle Restaurant Week, Sundays through Thursdays, Oct. 15-Nov. 2. More than 165 local restaurants are serving up three-course dinners for just $33, and many also offer two or three course lunches for $18. If you want your restaurant to participate, email srw@seattletimes.com. 

Washington’s New Paid Sick Leave Law Webinar, Nov. 10

Starting Jan. 1, 2018, Washington state’s new paid sick and safe leave requirements go into effect. A webinar featuring attorneys Margaret Burnham and Catherine Morisset will cover basic compliance steps, key administrative rules and compare the new state-wide law with those existing in other with Washington cities including SeaTac, Seattle, Spokane and Tacoma. This webinar will cover basic compliance steps and compare the new state-wide law with those existing in other with Washington cities, such as Seattle, to avoid compliance pitfalls. Register now.


Two Minute Video: What You Need to Know

Don’t miss this great video recap of the news you need to know, including Seattle’s proposed city-run retirement plan, the Tacoma City Council’s vote to amend paid sick and safe leave policy and how credit card rates are going down for Association members.

Tacoma Restaurant Week and Tibbits at Fern Hill on DineNW Radio Show – Listen Online!

Don’t miss this week’s DineNW radio show, now online. Andy Cook and Morgan Huether kick off the program with an interview with Ken Swarner, who will tell us all about Tacoma Restaurant Week. Andy and Morgan then interview Shawn Tibbits, owner of Tacoma’s Tibbits at Fern Hill.

Eye on Hospitality: Learn About Cyberthreats at Washington Hospitality Lodging Convention

To help your business protect itself from these cybercriminals, the Washington Hospitality Association is offering our members are rare opportunity to get up to speed on these threats at our Lodging Convention (Tulalip Resort Casino, Oct. 22-24). On Monday, Oct. 23, at 10 a.m., a panel of experts will present a workshop entitled “What Hoteliers Need to Know and Do About Sophisticated Hackers Targeting the Hospitality Industry.” Read more…