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Employer Registration – Snohomish County Hospitality Hiring Event

Employer Registration Job Seeker Registration Workforce Snohomish, WorkSource Snohomish County, Washington Hospitality Association and Snohomish County Tourism are partnering to celebrate Governor Jay Inslees hospitality month. Date / Location May

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ESD Job Board Provides Unlimited Free Monster Connected Listings

By Chad Pearson,  Change ‘Help Wanted’ to ‘Help Found’ Good managers and supervisors are important to your success, and finding replacements isn’t always easy. Try using WorkSourceWA.com to fill your

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Hotel key cards, even invalid ones, help hackers break into rooms

HELSINKI (Reuters) – By getting hold of a widely used hotel key card, an attacker could create a master key to unlock any room in the building without leaving a trace, Finnish security researchers said in a study published on Wednesday, solving a 14-year-old mystery. While the researchers have fixed the flaw together with Assa Abloy, the world’s largest lock manufacturer which owns the system in question, the case serves as a wake-up call for the lodging industry to a problem that went undetected for years. (Reuters)

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21 new breakfast items on restaurant menus

There have been a lot of new menu offerings in the breakfast daypart in recent months, as operators try to capitalize on one of the few meal occasions with positive traffic trends. These new bowls, sandwiches, egg dishes and beverages run the gamut from healthful to hearty and from classic to less traditional — including turmeric-spiked drinks and bánh mì-inspired egg sandwiches. (Nation’s Restaurant News)

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Understanding the Tip Income Protection Act of 2018

Buried deep within the 2,000-plus pages of the Consolidated Appropriations Act signed into law earlier this year are three pages of legislative language that amend the federal Fair Labor Standards Act, or FLSA, of 1938 to prohibit employers — including managers and supervisors — from “keeping” tips received by employees for any purpose. What is most unusual, however, is that the new prohibition is not linked to the employer’s taking of a tip credit against its minimum wage obligations. (Nation’s Restaurant News)

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MillerPulse: March was a small bright spot in a dark Q1

A tough first quarter got a slight bump in March, but it wasn’t enough turn things around. Same-store sales rose slightly at 0.4 percent while industry traffic fell by 2.2 percent for the first quarter of 2018, according to the MillerPulse quarterly report. “Negative traffic is the new norm,” said Larry Miller, co-founder of MillerPulse, a restaurant data and information service. (Nation’s Restaurant News)

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When in a Pinch, Call Washington Hospitality

Originally published in Washington Hospitality Magazine, Nov 2017. Twenty years ago, the Washington Restaurant Association took a new approach to membership that today is still delivering benefits to members of

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Hotelchamp builds out platform for hotels through third-party services

Hotel booking specialist Hotelchamp is planning to make more third-party services available to clients through its platform. The Amsterdam-based company works with hotels to help them increase their direct online bookings from consumers and to improve the customer service offered to travellers during the online process. (Tnooz)

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Study: America Picks its Favorite Quick-Service Chains

Market Force Information’s annual consumer study of America’s favorite quick-service restaurants produced some surprising results. The data, gleaned from nearly 11,500 consumers, ranked the top burger, sandwich, Mexican, pizza, and chicken brands. (QSR)

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CDC expands warnings on romaine lettuce from Yuma, Ariz.

Federal officials on Friday expanded warnings resulting from an ongoing E. coli investigation saying restaurants and retailers should not sell any romaine lettuce grown in Yuma, Ariz. As of Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 53 people in 16 states sickened by the outbreak between March 13 and April 6. (Nation’s Restaurant News)

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Waiters can now share tips with cooks and other staff

Cooks and dishwashers at restaurants can now benefit from tips just like waiters and other “front of the house” staff thanks to a rollback in federal law. The policy change enacted last month gets rid of a 2011 rule by the Department of Labor that didn’t allow restaurants to have tip pools to share with “back of the house” employees that wouldn’t normally get tips such as cooks or dishwashers. (Spokesman-Review)

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Put a spring in your step with plant power

Americans are changing the way they eat, with plant-based foods taking center stage (or plate, rather). Eating more plant-based foods is currently the dietary shift most appealing to consumers, regardless of whether or not they’re limiting meat consumption. (SmartBrief)

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5 tips to help restaurateurs master menu labeling before May 7 deadline

It’s that magical time of year once again. The trees are starting to bud, days are getting longer, sandals come out of the closet, and the foodservice industry gets ready for the menu-labeling deadline. (Fast Casual)

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These are the 5 fastest growing restaurants in America

For a long time, restaurants were focused on providing homogenized meals at the fastest pace possible. These days, customers aren’t just looking for uniformity and speed of service, they want an experience. Companies that have been able to adapt to these changing needs have found their booths filled with hungry customers and their sales skyrocketing. (CNBC)

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Need a job? Tri-Cities restaurants and hotels need you — and not just for the summer

When SpringHill Suites’ began hunting for a front desk clerk, the Tri-Cities hotel immediately ran into a problem. Not enough qualified applicants. (Tri-City Herald)