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Washington Restaurant Market Watch: Hispanics find incredible opportunities in restaurants

It’s Hispanic Heritage Month in the U.S. – a time when we celebrate the many achievements and contributions of Hispanic Americans.

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The role of the deductible is rising?

Premiums for job-based medical insurance rose moderately — 4 percent in 2015 — but employers continued to shift in expenses to workers, according to a new survey. The average premium

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Specialized Tax Incentives for Hospitality

The Strategic Business Coalition and Integrity Business Solutions team up to provide specialized tax incentives for restaurant association members. Olympia, WA, [Date]– The Washington Restaurant Association recently partnered with The

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Develop and retain your staff

This year has been difficult to find people and keep them. The labor market seems tight and when I try to hire a person, from a dishwasher to a manager the money they’re asking for is higher than what I’m paying my long-term employees.

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Prepping produce? Try our 5 safety tips

As National Food Safety Month continues, we’re focusing on safe food preparation, with particular emphasis on fresh fruit and vegetables.

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ACA Questions? Ask a H.I.H.I.T. Broker ANYTHING!

Here’s How: On October 20, from 9:30-11 am, H.I.H.I.T. insurance broker Joe Peoples will be answering your health insurance questions on Twitter.  H.I.H.I.T. is the “Hospitality Industry Health Insurance Trust”,

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Labor board’s new standard could be trouble for restaurants

It could be a while before we know its true impact, but the National Labor Relations Board’s vague new joint-employer standard poses a serious threat to both the franchise model and the growth potential for all restaurants, according to a former NLRB member.

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Weekly Update: L&I proposes 2 percent average increase in workers’ comp rates for 2016

The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries today proposed a 2 percent increase in the 2016 workers’ compensation average base rate to cover claim costs for injured workers.

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Washington Restaurant Market Watch: Are you ready for EMV?

By Paul Schlienz Crunch time is here. October 1 is one week away. Are you prepared for EMV? If not, it’s time to get prepared. Pronto. October 1 is the

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How to bring the locals back?

Provided by Shannon Ronalds – Fall is on the way and when it arrives, you’re going to need a rainmaker. When the tourists go home, the sunglasses come off and

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Employee Assistance Programs – A life saver

People seldom get through life without having to deal with some sort of serious personal problem. An Employee Assistance Program can give your employees a way to cope with personal

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Higher-income households surpass pre-recession levels

Higher-income households account for nearly six in 10 dollars spent in restaurants, and their numbers finally rose above pre-recession levels in 2014, according to the NRA’s chief economist Bruce Grindy.

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8 tips to properly thaw and hold food

In recognition of National Food Safety Month, we’re offering tips to maintain food quality and limit the potential for pathogen growth.

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Weekly Update: WRA charting new course on minimum wage policy

Minimum wage is one of the issues that matter most to the hospitality industry. In fact, it may be the issue of most importance to local businesses.

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Washington Restaurant Market Watch: Ready or not, robot restaurants are here

The concept of a restaurant with minimal employees, much automation and no contact between restaurant staff and guests is not completely new.