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:
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.
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Paid Family Leave
The Washington Hospitality Association’s Government Affairs Team is in positive negotiations with labor advocates and legislators to create a statewide paid family leave program. 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. We believe this 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.
On March 22, Seattle Councilmember Lorena Gonzalez presented ideas supporting paid family leave in Seattle and led a discussion on it in the Gender Equity, Safe Communities & New Americans Committee.
The government affairs team is closely following the discussion in Seattle, while efforts remained focused on supporting the progress being made in Olympia on a statewide paid family leave policy.
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- CRASH COURSE
- COMMISSIONS & BONUSES
- HEALTH CARE
- MORE ON TIPS
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- POSTING REQUIREMENTS
- SERVICE CHARGES
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Paid Sick Leave:
LOCAL GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS DIRECTOR: John Lane – email@example.com
LOCAL GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS SENIOR MANAGER: Anna Boone – firstname.lastname@example.org
LOCAL COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER: Jillian Henze – email@example.com