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Ninth Circuit Panel Affirms District Court Ruling in ERIC vs. City of Seattle: Upholding Seattle’s Hotel (and Ancillary Business) Worker Health Care Ordinance

A three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit affirmed the district court ruling against the ERISA Industry Committee’s (ERIC) lawsuit, which alleged the Seattle Hotel Worker Ordinance related to health care,

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Weekly Update–[Relief] Liquor license, lodging license fees delayed

[WIN] Liquor license fees delayed until March 2022 Gov. Jay Inslee on Sunday signed into law Senate Bill 5272 that delays liquor license payments until March 30, 2022. It takes

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Statement from the Washington Hospitality Association on Washington’s next phase of vaccination eligibility

OLYMPIA – Washington Hospitality Association President & CEO Anthony Anton had this statement today on the absence of hospitality workers in Gov. Inslee’s next phase of vaccination eligibility: “Hospitality workers

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Five ways to avoid fraudulent card authorization testing

Over the past year, we have seen a steady rise in fraudulent Card Authorization Testing. This activity – also known more simply as auth testing – occurs when fraudsters steal

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Weekly Update — Join the fight against the sweetened beverage tax

[Action alert] Email your legislators and sign in to oppose sweetened beverage tax  A new tax bill, Senate Bill 5371, would add a $.0175-per-finished-fluid-ounce tax on sugary beverages (soda products, juices,

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Big changes to pull-tabs start Feb. 19

Reminder: Your Washington Hospitality Association State Government Affairs Team helped pass Senate Bill 6357 in 2020, which increased the single chance pull-tab price from $1 to $5. Did you know?

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Weekly Update — Unemployment insurance relief heads to governor’s desk

[WIN!] $1.73 billion in unemployment insurance relief passes legislature   On Jan. 29, Senate Bill 5061, which provides $1.73 billion in relief for businesses through the unemployment insurance system, cleared its

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Weekly Update — [Breaking news] 2 regions move to Phase 2 with governor’s changes to reopening plan

2 regions move to Phase 2 with governor’s changes to reopening plan After significant mounting pressure from the public and the legislature, today Gov. Jay Inslee announced changes to his

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What to consider when moving to counter or quick service

OLYMPIA — This article was written in early 2020, and has lived on our members-only information hub.  As we ease cautiously into 2021, we have decided to make this article

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Weekly Update — Reopening bill is our top priority; Lodging tax no longer proposed for city/counties

Reopening bill is our top priority Senate Bill 5114 and House Bill 1321 would immediately move the entire state to Phase 2, allowing businesses to resume at 25% capacity, and

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Updates to WA Food Code January 2021

The Washington State Department of Health is releasing helpful resources to prepare for the new Food Code updates. The Washington State Board of Health in October 2020 updated the Food

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Weekly Update — [Updated rules] WA restaurants, hotel gyms, bowling + Association seeks unemployment insurance relief

Association seeks unemployment insurance relief  The Washington Hospitality Association’s State Government Affairs Team is working on a proposal to lower unemployment insurance rates before the first payment is due at the

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Weekly Update — They’re here! PPP application guidelines released

Second draw & reactivation of PPP loans: Application guidelines The Small Business Administration (SBA) released guidance for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and the second draw of PPP loans in

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Single-use bag ban delayed until Jan. 30, 2021

On Dec. 18, Gov. Jay Inslee delayed the implementation of the single-use bag ban until Jan. 30, 2021. The ban had been set to take effect Jan. 1, 2021. This