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On the Issue: The proposed expansion of qui tam lawsuits

By Nicole Vukonich “Qui tam” is a Latin phrase meaning, “[he] who sues in this matter for the king as well as for himself.” Boiling it down, qui tam most

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Panic buttons & the law: How you can prepare for 2020

A bill passed in the 2019 legislative session and signed into state law requires all employers in hotel, motel, retail, property services or a security guard entity to have all

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On the Issue: Protecting consumer data privacy

By Nicole Vukonich   Before the 2019 legislative session began, the governor and leaders in the House and Senate stated their intention to prioritize legislation protecting consumer data privacy. Bolstered

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Two Minute Video: What you need to know 7/30/19

A settlement may be coming for a class action lawsuit which could reimburse businesses for swipe fees incurred with visa or Mastercard charges from January 1, 2004 – January 25, 20-19; Public hearings about the overtime salary threshold are heading to eastern Washington next week.

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Updates to law bars employers from asking pay history

Updates made to the state’s Equal Pay and Opportunities Act, which take effect July 28, bars employers from requesting a job applicant’s wage or salary history, except under certain circumstances.

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2019 letter from the Government Affairs Committee chairs

Like you, we are members of the Washington Hospitality Association, representing each aspect of our industry – full-service and quick-service restaurants, and lodging. As your Government Affairs Committee (GAC) chairs,

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Weekly Update: Possible settlement in swipe fee antitrust lawsuit

Possible settlement in swipe fee antitrust litigation According to the National Restaurant Association, there is a potential settlement of class action litigation that could provide businesses with payment for prior

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2019 Legislative Session Review

By Nicole Vukonich   Looking back on the 2019 legislative session, it was record breaking. With one of the largest incoming classes of freshman legislators in years, to having the

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Lex on Tech: How Washington’s new laws on personal delivery robots positively affect the hospitality industry

By Lex Nepomuceno   The robots are coming! And these are not just any robots, because we all know that robots for manufacturing have been around for quite a while.

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Let the party begin

By Rick Braa, CHAE Q: We have a highly seasonal business and we earn the bulk of our profit during the summer. We often get into a mode of being

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Weekly Update: Convention keynote speaker will discuss diversity, equity and inclusion

Hospitality Convention keynote speaker will discuss diversity, equity and inclusion The Washington Hospitality Convention team is pleased to announce Marilyn Strickland will join the event as the keynote speaker. Strickland

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Eye on Hospitality: Training – Key to quality, employee loyalty and retention

By Paul Schlienz   You can’t have hospitality without customer service, and you can’t have customer service without training. “Our customers expect us to be top notch,” said Jerry Lynch,

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Two Minute Video: What you need to know 7/16/19

Hearings for draft legislation to replace I-124 in Seattle; Washington Hospitality Convention and nominations for “STARS of Hospitality” Awards; Spokane needs your input on candidates for upcoming election.

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Weekly Update: New grant trains job seekers before they reach employers

WIN: Pierce County program to deliver trained workforce A $1.75 million poverty reduction grant has been awarded to the Workforce Development Council in Pierce County. The Washington Hospitality Association Education