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Center Plate: Economic recovery slower than expected for Washington

“Economy is off life-support, but still in intensive care,” says Economic and Revenue Forecast Council

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Menu prices up 1.4% nationally

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has released its latest figures revealing an average menu price increase of 1.4% nationally for the 12 months ending October 2010.

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Federal nutritional labeling requirements looming

Part of the health care reform legislation enacted earlier this year requires chain restaurants of a certain size to post nutritional information on their menus and menu boards. Find our if you’ll be affected by the change.

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L&I announces workers’ compensation insurance rate increases

The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries announced today that workers’ compensation insurance premiums would increase for the restaurant industry by 6 percent, while other industries will see an average 12 percent increase.

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L&I announces workers' compensation insurance rate increases

The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries announced today that workers’ compensation insurance premiums would increase for the restaurant industry by 6 percent, while other industries will see an average 12 percent increase.

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Will the politcal outlook change for restaurants?

Health care reform, immigration, labor laws–how will these issues change in light of the mid-term elections? Can restaurants expect a major shift?

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Election results bode well on tax and fiscal issues

Although more than 500,000 ballots remain to be counted, Washington voters sent a very clear message repealing new taxes, rejecting an income tax, and reinstating the supermajority requirements for passing new or increased taxes.

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WRA launches news oriented site for members

The Washington Restaurant Association team is known nationwide for its innovative approach to non-profit services. That includes their website.

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Alcohol server training going online

In  2010 legislation changed that allowed the state’s mandatory alcohol server training to be offered online. Prior to this legislative change training was limited to instructor led classes. Many viewed

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I-1100 outcome

The outcome of liquor privatization (I-1100) is still in doubt.  Significantly, voters overwhelmingly rejected I-1105 by a 63%.  I-1100, however, is currently 56,000 votes behind, with more than 500,000 votes

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Act soon to claim tax breaks

Employers and business owners are eligible for a number of new tax breaks — but must act soon, since some benefits expire this year. The federal website Business.usa.gov offers an

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South Seattle Community College autumn wine release

The WRA’s longtime partner South Seattle Community College features student-produced award-winning wines. Find the perfect wine to complement to your holiday meals at the Northwest Wine Academy’s Fall release event. 

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2011 tax calendar for small businesses

The 2011 Tax Calendar is available for pre-order. If you order now, the English version of the 2011 Tax Calendar will be shipped by early November. The Tax Calendar for

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New DOL FAQ’s

The Department of Labor recently issued FAQ’s Part II regarding implementation of the health care law.  These cover additional questions and answers on grandfathered health plans, dental and vision benefits,

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Form W-2 reporting requirement delayed one year

The Department of Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service have issued Notice 2010-69 regarding the implementation of the Form W-2 reporting provision of the health care law.  The notice states