Weekly Update: Washington Hospitality Hiring Event is Almost Here – Don’t Miss It!

Weekly Update: Washington Hospitality Hiring Event is Almost Here – Don’t Miss It!

Looking for great employees to join your team? Join us at the Pierce County Hiring Event, in Tacoma, at the Hotel Murano on April 13. Hundreds of qualified employees are ready to meet you. Assistance is available to all hires needing certifications, transportation, and childcare. At last year’s hiring event, employers hired 68 job seekers. Don’t miss this great opportunity to build your team! For more information, contact Roxanne Lomeli.

First-Ever Washington Hospitality Summit a Big Success

On April 4, the Washington Hospitality Association hosted the first of three of hospitality summits. A mini trade show packed with expert speakers and 42 vendors in addition to networking opportunities galore for industry professionals, the summit, held at the Renaissance Seattle Hotel, was attended by 126 hospitality industry professionals. Stay tuned for more information on upcoming summits in Spokane, on May 22, and in Tacoma, in June. Read more…

Seattle Hotel Initiative Decision Delayed

A summary judgment hearing was held March 31 in King County Superior Court regarding our legal challenge to Seattle’s hotel worker Initiative 124. The initiative was passed by voters in November. Judge John Erlick did not make a ruling Friday. He promised to deliver a written decision and possible presentation of his decision by May 26. Learn more here. For more information, contact Jillian Henze.

Paid Family Leave Bill in the Works

The Washington Hospitality Association has been in positive discussions with other business associations, labor groups and legislative leaders regarding the future of paid family leave. Sens. Joe Fain, R-Auburn, and Sen. Karen Keiser, D-Kent, have co-sponsored Senate Bill 5829, a “title only” bill, meaning the body of the bill is blank. This leaves a lot of room for stakeholders to find common ground. Topics of discussion include portability, options for small businesses, wage replacement, employee training credit and more. Talks have been progressing well and we are cautiously optimistic that a paid family leave bill, meeting the needs of employees while also sustainable for employers, will pass this year. For more information, contact Stephanie McManus.

ASSOCIATION EXCLUSIVES

Two Minute Video: What You Need to Know

Don’t miss this great video recap of the past week’s top news, including the latest on state budget negotiations begin, funding for tourism, the Seattle soda tax and statewide family leave policy. Watch it here…

Boundary Bay Brewery and La Vita E Bella on DineNW radio show – Listen Online!

Don’t miss this week’s DineNW radio show, now online. Co-hosts Andy Cook and Paul Schlienz kick off the show with an interview with Janet Lightner, general manager of Bellingham’s Boundary Bay Brewery and Bistro. Andy and Paul then chat with Tanya Fraioli, co-owner of Seattle’s La Vita E Bella.

INDUSTRY ROUNDUP

Can Pop-Up Hotels Become A Permanent Fixture With Travelers? (Fast Company)

Seattle chef backs up the menu with a digital reference book (Eater)

US restaurants find new ways to tackle food waste (Restaurant Hospitality)

The up-and-coming players in the fast-casual 2.0 field (QSR)

Innovative Hoteliers Want to Bring the Right Guests to Their Hotels (Skift)

Andy Puzder: This is the ‘biggest challenge’ facing the restaurant industry (CNBC)

Restaurants brace for more worksite raids (Nation’s Restaurant News)

Restaurant stocks start the year strong (Nation’s Restaurant News)

US hotels slash their prices to attract tourists after Trump becomes president (The Sun)

Suggested gratuities inch up to an 18-percent minimum (Restaurant Hospitality)