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Is the NLRB targeting franchises?

Recent moves by the National Labor Relations Board suggest the board wants to throw a wrench into the franchise business model by holding franchisors responsible for labor practices at stores solely operated by franchisees.

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Hot Off The Grill: $15/hour fight continued in Sea Tac this week

June 26 was the date for a State Supreme Court hearing that is the latest development in the debate over the minimum wage in Washington, which already has the nation’s highest state minimum wage at $9.32 an hour.

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Washington restaurant owner, Russell Brent, awarded by national association for his great community contributions

On June 26, WRA member Russell Brent, owner of the Mill Creek Pub in Battle Ground, accepted the Cornerstone Humanitarian award from the National Restaurant Association.

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Washington State Supreme Court hears WRA challenge of SeaTac $15 per hour wage initiative

Following the narrow, 77 vote passage of the $15 per hour minimum wage ordinance in SeaTac, last November, the WRA, along with Alaska Airlines and other businesses, challenged the legality of the ordinance.

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Washington State Supreme Court hears WRA Challenge of Sea Tac $15/hour initiative

Following the narrow, 77 vote passage of the $15 per hour minimum wage ordinance in SeaTac, last November, the WRA, along with Alaska Airlines and other businesses, challenged the legality of the ordinance.


Court Ruling Clarifies Obligations to Reasonably Accommodate Religious Practices

On May 22nd, the Washington Supreme Court issued rulings in Kumar v. Gate Gourmet clarifying employer obligations to accommodate employee religious beliefs and practices.  Prior to the Kumar decision, it

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Washington Restaurant Market Watch: Fast casual on the rise

Quick service restaurants (QSRs) have seen faster growth over the past decade than any other segment of the restaurant industry. There is, however, a new restaurant concept that is gaining market share at the expense of QSRs. This growing upstart is the fast casual restaurant.

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New laws that could help your restaurant

Senate Bill 6442 and House Bill 1742 passed during the 2014 legislative session and are now law.Liquor licensees who sell growlers of beer to-go (tavern licensees, restaurant licensees, hotel licensees, microbrewery licensees and specialty beer and wine licensees) will now gain be allowed to sell growlers of hard cider and wine.

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Restaurant industry added over 8,300 locations in 2013

The restaurant industry added a net 8,362 locations in 2013, an increase of 1.4 percent. While growth was down from stronger gains in 2011 and 2012, it still represented the seventh consecutive year in which the industry outpaced the private sector.

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WRA congratulates Starbucks for helping employees earn a higher education

Olympia… Today Starbucks initiated a college achievement program that will provide college juniors and seniors full tuition reimbursement through graduation and several other educational benefits.

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Washington Restaurant Market Watch: Menu prices going up thanks to commodity inflation

Restaurants are finding themselves in a tough spot when facing the prospect of raising prices, according to a new report released yesterday by MillerPulse, a provider of restaurant industry data. On one hand, operators are dealing with weak consumer traffic and rising commodity prices. On the other, they are facing the real prospect of raising prices in order to protect their margins.

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Familiarity leads to patronage, Hispanic consumer study finds

Restaurant companies are getting better at targeting marketing and ad campaigns to Hispanic diners, but there is room for growth, a new study has found.

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Washington Restaurant Weekly: Liquor Control Board moves forward on plans to unlawfully restrict free market

By law, the Liquor Control Board (LCB) must take into consideration its impact on small businesses when adopting rules through a Small Business Economic Impact Statement (SBEIS).

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Is There a Doctor in the House? Responding to Severe, Life-Threatening Allergic Reactions

A restaurant’s first response to an allergic reaction by a customer should be to leave it to the customer’s family member or friend to administer first aid. Further, the restaurant should call 9‑1‑1, if the customer exhibits a severe, life-threatening allergic reaction (anaphylaxis).