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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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L&I proposes changes in hospitality industry rates

The Department of Labor & Industries has announced an overall 0.8 percent decrease in the average price of workers’ compensation insurance premiums across the state beginning in 2020. This is

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Gender-neutral signage for single-use facilities in King County

Starting Dec. 1, 2019, restaurants in King County with single-use toilet facilities shall not be restricted to a specific sex or gender identity, and must use gender-neutral signage to indicate

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Weekly Update: WIN! Governor signs bill to protect hospitality employees, requires panic buttons

WIN! Governor signs bill to protect hospitality employees, requires panic buttons On Monday Gov. Jay Inslee signed Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill 5258, preventing the sexual harassment and sexual assault of

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Governor signs bill to protect hotel and motel workers, requires panic buttons

OLYMPIA, Wash. –  On Monday, May 13, Gov. Jay Inslee signed Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill 5258, preventing the sexual harassment and sexual assault of certain isolated workers, into law. The

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Short-term rental legislation signed into law, increases consumer safety

OLYMPIA, Wash. – On Thursday, Gov. Jay Inslee signed Substitute House Bill 1798, concerning short-term rentals, into law. This bill was a top priority for the Washington Hospitality Association during

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Seattle Hotel Association Evening of Hope Gala raises over $579,000 benefiting StolenYouth

MEDIA CONTACT: Allan Aquila, Allan Aquila & Associates, 206-948-1997, allanaquila@gmail.com SEATTLE, Washington (Feb. 5, 2019) — More than 300 community leaders came together for The Seattle Hotel Association’s 22nd Annual

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The Lens: Employers Prep for Paid Leave

The following article was published by The Lens on Dec. 21, 2018. View the article here. With the phase-in period for paid family and medical leave just around the corner,

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The Lens: Business community concerned over proposed overtime changes

Reprinted Representatives from the business community say that while they appreciate efforts made by the Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) to update its overtime rules, they are concerned about

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Industry executives look ahead to 2019

REPORT FROM THE U.S.—The year isn’t over yet, but executives from public companies on third-quarter earnings calls were sharing what they expect to see in 2019. There are headwinds ahead for some hotel brand companies and real estate investment trusts, but the overall tone on calls in regards to next year was positive. (Hotel News Now)

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The fast-food CEO who took over Burger King when he was 32 explains how to find and develop young talent, and how to rise in your own career

Daniel Schwartz is the CEO of Restaurant Brands International, which owns Burger King, Tim Horton’s, and Popeyes. Schwartz started at the investment firm 3G Capital, which appointed him CFO as Burger King before promoting him to CEO of the company in 2013, when he was only 32. (Business Insider)

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Eateries, retailers compete for holiday help

The labor crunch is only going to get worse as Thanksgiving and Christmas loom, and restaurants and retailers across the U.S. are tossing out perks to fill their workforce holes before the holiday rush. In the Washington D.C. area, cooks at Clyde’s Restaurant Group eateries can now clock out, grab a seat at the bar and get a 25-percent discount on oysters and wine. (Bloomberg)

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Starbucks to cut 5% of its corporate workforce

Starbucks is laying off 5 percent of its corporate workforce, according to a memo obtained by CNBC. The coffee giant had previously indicated it would cut non-retail employees as it shakes up its organizational structure. (CNBC)

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Restaurant Prices are Rising, and Traffic is Declining

As this past month’s restaurant results suggest, the industry’s health is in a better place than it was a year ago. It’s far from a full recovery, though. (QSR)

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Marriott CEO: Don’t Worry About Our Soft Third Quarter

Like many of its hotel peers, Marriott International saw a relatively softer third quarter in terms of its domestic revenue per available room (RevPAR), but CEO Arne Sorenson isn’t letting the “sobering” third quarter numbers distract him or his team from the bigger tasks at hand — continuing the success of Marriott’s integration of Starwood Hotels & Resorts. Nor will Marriott view the softer performance as an indication that more challenging times lie ahead for the overall economy. (Skift)