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Weekly Update: Hospitality industry survival strategies launching Sept. 30

Launching Sept. 30 – Hospitality industry survival strategies The Washington state minimum wage is going up $1.50 on Jan. 1, 2020. When added to all the other new regulations over

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L&I proposes overtime threshold of nearly $80,000 by 2026

By Nicole Vukonich The Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) has filed a rulemaking notice (CR-102) that would update the state’s salary overtime threshold for executive, administrative and professional (EAP)

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Weekly Update: Focus on prevention: Summer heat means increased Legionnaires’ risk

Focus on prevention: Summer heat means increased Legionnaires’ risk Running air conditioning units can fight the heat and also increase risk of your customers and employees being exposed to Legionella

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Profit increases in a tough labor market

By Arnold Shain, Advisory Network   What I hear from clients on a daily basis: My profits have eroded. What happened? My labor cost is way up. My cost of

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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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How restaurants and hotels can use virtual reality in training

By Lex Nepomuceno   Virtual reality (VR) training is making inroads in nearly all spheres of the business world. It’s an emerging technology with great learning opportunities that can significantly

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Weekly Update: New city plastic bag ban + a historic hotel’s refresh that revived a city

Register now for Golf FORE! Education – Only four days left! Golf FORE! Education is a day of great golf and great refreshments from sponsors like Heritage Distilling Co. and

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Labor shortage: Weather the storm through trust and culture

By Anthony Anton, president and CEO, Washington Hospitality Association   I turn 50 this month and have spent almost my entire professional life doing my best to serve an industry

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Member Spotlight: A historic hotel’s refresh that revived a city

By Paul Schlienz   In his 1947 classic, “Inside U.S.A.,” journalist John Gunther described Spokane’s Davenport Hotel as the best between Seattle and Minneapolis. From its opening in 1914, the

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Getting the message out: Hospitality is an industry of opportunity

By Paul Schlienz   Careers in the hospitality industry are often misunderstood. “During the push to raise the minimum wage, in Seattle, I had city council members tell me that

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Washington Hospitality Association Education Foundation: A conduit for success in the hospitality industry

By Alina Day   A: Alina Day, Education Foundation marketing coordinator S: Sandra Miller, senior workforce development manager D: David Faro, director of Education Foundation   A: What is the

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Education Foundation training programs

By David Faro   The Washington Hospitality Association Education Foundation prepares the hospitality workforce by providing industry-specific training. Preparing the hospitality workforce The Education Foundation offers a suite of training

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Developing hospitality leadership

By Rick Braa, CHAE   Q: As our business continues to expand, it’s clear that developing leadership within our organization is the most efficient and beneficial activity to nurture and

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Weekly Update: 2020 travel per diem rates released

2020 travel per diem rates released According to the U.S. General Services Administration, the standard lodging rate for fiscal year 2020 will increase from $94 to $96, which is the

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Government Affairs: We need you to stand with us!

By Paul Schlienz   Standing together as one voice helps ensure that elected officials and government representatives understand our industry and recognize the strength of our association. Washington’s restaurants and