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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.

For more information on Seattle’s hospitality sector, visit the Seattle Restaurant Alliance page here and the Seattle Hotel Association page here.

For information about joining us as a Seattle member, click here.

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Week in Review/Week Ahead Recap:

Week in Review, June 12-16

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.

Secure Scheduling Ordinance:

Secure Scheduling Ordinance takes effect July 1, 2017

Secure Scheduling Ordinance Webinar
Presented by the Seattle Restaurant Alliance
2-3 p.m., June 21
Stream the webinar live!
RSVP to tjitsked@wahospitality.org. She’ll send you the login information.

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.

Soda Tax:

Proposed Soda Tax Fact Sheet

New Restaurant Grading System:

Tip Pooling:

Service Charges:

Minimum Wage:

Paid Sick Leave:

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