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With an increase in legislation being pushed at the local level, the hospitality industry faces many challenges. The Washington Hospitality Association’s Government Affairs Team is focused on building relationships at the local level so the hospitality industry is involved in crafting legislation that has the best outcome for employees and businesses.

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Week in Review/Week Ahead Recap:

Week in Review, March 20-24

Initiative 124:
Seattle voters passed Initiative 124 on Nov. 8, 2016. Initiative 124 concerns health, safety and labor standards for Seattle hotel employees.

Is your hotel impacted? Dig into our in-depth document detailing who is impacted and how to get in compliance. The law went into effect on Dec. 6, 2016.

Restrictive Scheduling:

Paid Family Leave
The Washington Hospitality Association’s Government Affairs Committee is working with its Government Affairs Team to construct and evaluate paid family leave concepts. There is broad public support for a statewide program. Most recently, Sen. Joe Fain (R) and Sen. Karen Keiser (D) co-sponsored Senate Bill 5829, which is a title-only bill, meaning the body of the bill is blank and capable of being amended once an approach has been agreed upon. Other legislation to create a paid family leave program has been discussed and the solutions within them differ greatly. For example, one version offers six months of paid leave (HB 1116) while another offers 12 weeks of paid leave (SB 5149). We believe the title-only bill will be an excellent middle-ground proposal that both sides of the aisle can agree on to implement paid family leave for all of Washington state.

New Restaurant Grading System:

Tip Pooling:

Service Charges:

Minimum Wage:

Paid Sick Leave:

Proposed Soda Tax:
Mayor Ed Murray has proposed new investments in education to eliminate the opportunity gap between white students and students of color. To help fund these investments, he is proposing a 2-cent per-ounce tax on sweetened beverages, expected to raise nearly $16 million per year. Under this proposal, a 24-pack of 12-ounce cans would be subject to a $5.76 tax. A five-gallon bag of syrup would be subject to a $76.80 tax as the tax is on finished product.

Short-Term Rentals:

Why Local?

Contacts:

LOCAL GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS DIRECTOR: John Lane – johnl@wahospitality.org

LOCAL GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS SENIOR MANAGER: Anna Boone – annab@wahospitality.org

LOCAL COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER: Jillian Henze – jillianh@wahospitality.org