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Seattle Minimum Wage – detail and FAQ of final rules

The Seattle Office of Labor Standards (OLS), a new division within the Seattle Office for Civil Rights (SOCR), has released the final Administrative Rules for the City of Seattle’s new

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Ask WRA: Grow profitability by retaining loyal guests

QUESTION: Recently, I spent a week straight in my restaurant covering for my manager while she was on vacation. It appears that fewer regular guests are visiting as I didn’t see many of the people I’m used to seeing. We’ve lost some, so how do I make sure we don’t lose anymore and build some back?

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Cooking up a path to ownership

Chef Amy Brandwein is at the top of her game. The chef-owner of soon-to-open Centrolina restaurant in Washington, D.C., recently talked about her determination to succeed in business and how others can grow their careers, too.

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Hot Off the Grill: 2015 Legislative Session week Eleven

Today is day 75 of the 2015 regular session. The next important cut-off for legislation is April 1. This is the final date for policy bills to be voted out

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Washington Restaurant Weekly: Seattle’s Minimum Wage Ordinance takes effect April 1 – Final rules released

Seattle’s new minimum wage law will be implemented on Wednesday, April 1. The city will focus on education and outreach during the first year to ensure employers are aware of the nuances of the law and their responsibilities.

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Washington Restaurant Market Watch: Whole-grain foods go mainstream

Anyone who thinks whole-grain foods are just niche items hasn’t been paying attention.

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WEBINAR: Unemployment Costs

10 a.m.  2 p.m. The unemployment environment is changing and the WRA recognizes the opportunity to assist restaurateurs working with tight profit margins. If your goal is to increase profits


Work Safe, Save Money! A RETRO toolkit

To explore the cost saving measures you can take to mitigate and prevent claims – click the links below         CLAIMS MANAGEMENT SAFETY & LOSS CONTROL LEGAL SERVICES

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Why restaurants need to worry about patent trolls

Patent trolls are attempting to extract large settlements from restaurants simply for using common technology that’s a part of doing business and serving customers.

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Restaurant workforce demographics are shifting

The teen labor force participation rate declined sharply in recent years, a development that directly impacted the restaurant workforce.

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Hot off the Grill: 2015 legislative session week ten

Today is day 68 of the 2015 regular session that is scheduled to last 105 days. Several major cut-offs have occurred, and the number of bills being considered has drastically

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Washington Restaurant Weekly: Judge rejects bid by franchisers to block Seattle minimum wage law

On Tuesday, a federal judge on Tuesday cleared the way for Seattle’s new minimum wage law to take effect next month, as planned, rejecting claims by franchises of big national chains that the new law discriminates against them.

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WRA in the Media

In the last seven days, the WRA has been the media a lot. You may have seen our CEO Anthony Anton, quoted several times in many different publications. It has been an eye-opening experience about the polarization of the media.


Don’t slip up – 6 ways to protect your self against injury claims

It’s probably happened to most of us. That momentary lapse of inattention thinking about a personal problem or distracted by an activity that ends in a slip, trip or fall.

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Washington Restaurant Market Watch: Restaurants discover Instagram

Like it or not, restaurants cannot live without social media in this day and age.