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Phone2Action Alert: Labor & Industries Proposes Salary Threshold of up to $75,000!

Over the last six months, the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries has worked with stakeholders to update the “white collar” exemptions under the Minimum Wage Act for Executive,

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2019 Minimum Wage Increases

In most cities across Washington state, minimum wage will go up to $12 an hour starting Jan. 1, 2019. There are three exceptions to this: Seattle, SeaTac and Tacoma. Seattle

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Win: New Flyer Available About Service Animals

Last session, Washington Hospitality worked with stakeholders and legislators to update the state’s service animal law. Today, a new informational flyer was released to offer businesses and service animal handlers

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Paid Family & Medical Leave: Are You Ready? Join Our Webinar Sept. 26

With the start of the paid family & medical leave program set to begin on Jan. 1, 2019, the Washington Hospitality Association wants to make sure you have the information

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Government Affairs Meetings Near You

Join the Government Affairs team as it travels across Washington state for regional meetings! Regional meetings are a way for you to provide input on what issues are important to

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Regional Meetings! Save the Date

Join the Government Affairs team as we travel the four corners of Washington state for regional meetings! Regional meetings are a way for you to provide input on what issues

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Anthony Anton, Washington Hospitality members appointed to Tourism Marketing Authority Board

OLYMPIA – On Tuesday, Gov. Jay Inslee announced the nine members of the new Washington Tourism Marketing Authority Board (WTMA). Anthony Anton, President and CEO of the Washington Hospitality Association

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Spokesman Review Op-ed: Protect groceries in Spokane now and this November

*This article was published in the Spokesman Review on July 9, 2018.* Barbara Richardson and Sonja Halverson: Protect groceries in Spokane now and this November Mon., July 9, 2018, 2:40

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Washington Hospitality Association 2018 Legislative Endorsements

OLYMPIA – On Tuesday, June 26, the Washington Hospitality Association Government Affairs Committee met to endorse legislative candidates ahead of the 2018 primary election. During May and June, the State

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Seattle City Council repeals controversial tax on jobs 

In a surprising move, the Seattle City Council voted on Tuesday, June 12, to repeal the tax on jobs it unanimously passed less than a month ago. The controversial tax

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Washington Hospitality Association recognizes 2018 Legislative Heroes

OLYMPIA –The Washington Hospitality Association is proud to recognize the following 2018 Legislative Heroes: Sen. Christine Rolfes, D- Kitsap County, Sen. Judy Warnick, R-Moses Lake, Rep. Kristine Reeves, D- Federal

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Seattle publishes updated administrative rules for PSST, but is still finalizing definition of “hourly compensation” for PSST purposes

On Monday, June 4, Seattle published updated administrative rules for the City’s Paid Sick and Safe Time ordinance which was updated in late 2017.  The update incorporated the more generous provisions of the

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City of Edmonds Moves Toward Disposable Plastics Ban

The Edmonds City Council passed a resolution Wednesday night stating its intent to ban single-use plastic straws, stirrers and cutlery provided by the food service industry by 2020. This marks

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Seattle City Council approves $50 million tax on jobs

On Monday, May 14, the Seattle City Council voted unanimously to tax jobs at businesses with more than $20 million in annual taxable gross receipts in Seattle. This new revenue

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Seattle City Council is working quickly on a jobs tax

The Seattle City Council wants to establish a tax on jobs to raise another $75 million to spend on its response to homelessness, and it is moving forward quickly to