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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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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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McDonald’s 4Q U.S. same-store sales rise 4.5%

McDonald’s Corp. reported its best same-store-sales gain in six years as value improvements and new menu introductions gained traction in the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31, the company said Tuesday. The Oak Brook, Ill.-based quick-service operator’s fourth-quarter earnings and revenue exceeded analyst forecasts. (Nation’s Restaurant News)

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McDonald’s Traffic Rises After New Dollar Menu Debut

Share of traffic grows to 18 percent in week ended Jan. 21, The company has posted an increase for three straight weeks. (Bloomberg)

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Starbucks has a plan to win back customers after whiffing on holiday sales

Starbucks shares fell 5 percent Friday after its sales growth disappointed on Thursday. The coffee giant blamed soft sales on holiday offerings that failed to draw in customers. (CNBC)

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KFC’s New CMO Hits The Ground Running

Just six weeks into her new role as CMO of Kentucky Fried Chicken, Andrea Zahumensky is hitting the market Sunday with her first big campaign launch for the quick-serve restaurant’s new Smoky Mountain BBQ flavor. Zahumensky, who joined KFC from Procter & Gamble, where she was brand director for baby care products in North America, is focused on keeping the momentum high from the major brand revamp the fast-food chain started in 2014, when it brought back the Colonel as its mascot played by a rotating cast of comedians. The new campaign will air with a surprise new Colonel across TV, radio and digital. (AdExchanger)

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Hospitality Graduate Degree (Why?)

Dr. Don Martin, Ph.D Despite the professional success of many who did not earn a college diploma, it is becoming clear that earning an education matters. In addition, an undergraduate degree

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DOL Raises Overtime Exemption Threshold to $47,476 a Year

Note: The information in this article is outdated. Go here for more current information on this topic.   Today, Vice President Joe Biden, Department of Labor (DOL) Secretary Tom Perez