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L&I adopts overtime threshold at 2.5 times the minimum wage

The Department of Labor & Industries announced today the adoption of rules to update the Executive, Administrative and Professional (EAP) exemptions under the Washington State Minimum Wage Act. The adopted

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Association applauds 2020 Legislative Heroes

By Jillian Henze, APR Following each legislative session, the Washington Hospitality Association recognizes the legislators who committed their time, energy and courage to be leaders for the hospitality industry –

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Weekly Update — PPP applications on hold, main street lending, Seattle commercial rent control

[Hold that application] Paycheck Protection Program out of money Today the U.S. Small Business Administration said it is currently unable to accept new applications for the Paycheck Protection Program based

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Rules for delivering beer and wine

March 30, 2020 This information has become outdated. For current information please visit: https://hub.wahospitality.org/coronavirus-resource/what-delivering-spirits-beer-and-wine-really-means-for-your-business/ March 18, 2020 — New Liquor Control Board rules Delivery – Beer/Wine “Off Premise Endorsement” required

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Association works tirelessly amid mandated business closures

By Anthony Anton, president and CEO Our team at the Washington Hospitality Association has worked around the clock throughout the weekend on behalf of our members. Today we face our

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Coronavirus: Ban on gatherings in three counties

Effective immediately and lasting through the month of March 2020, events taking place in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties with more than 250 people in attendance are prohibited, according to

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Special Edition: Coronavirus

What should we do if our business is impacted by coronavirus? The Employment Security Department on March 9 issued new emergency rules regarding COVID-19. The Department will provide wage replacement

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Weekly Update — Buying and selling your restaurant, restrictive scheduling dead, CBD in food and drink

Restrictive scheduling is dead… After failing to move out of the Senate Labor & Commerce Committee, Senate Bill 5717, AKA restrictive scheduling is effectively dead for the session. This is

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Weekly Update — Meals and breaks guidance, Coronavirus, King County jobs tax bill

[HUB] Meals and breaks, updated guidance With increased attention to the laws on meals and rest breaks, Washington Hospitality Association members may access the most up-to-date guidance on this topic

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Weekly Update — Minimum wage impact, cut costs with training, 42-inch bar barrier WIN

[HUB] How training helps you cut costs With new training regulations passing year after year, the Education Foundation is committed to helping you stay in compliance. Find out how when

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Hospitality supports bill requiring human trafficking prevention training 

OLYMPIA –House Bill 2320, a measure to require training on human trafficking awareness and prevention was heard in the House Committee on Consumer Protection & Business on Jan. 21. The

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Final rule revises joint-employer status

The federal Department of Labor issued a final rule on Jan. 12, 2020, updating what it means to be a joint employer. The National Restaurant Association staff members on Jan.

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Paid Family and Medical Leave benefits begin after Jan. 1

Eligible employees will be able to begin using the statewide Paid Family and Medical Leave program after Jan. 1, 2020. This is one of the largest components of the state’s

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Isolated workers and 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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2020 Minimum Wage Info & Resources

Did you know that the Washington Hospitality Association has all the information you need to know about the minimum wage increases on Jan. 1, 2020? Visit that information here. We