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Business is open during “Seattle Squeeze”

The Washington State Department of Transportation is permanently closing the Alaskan Way Viaduct in Seattle on Jan. 11, 2019. For the next three years, the city expects heavy congestion throughout

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Toolkit – Paid Family and Medical Leave

TOOLKIT – PAID FAMILY & MEDICAL LEAVE Currently in the Toolkit: Webinar: Paid Family & Medical Leave Overview, recorded Sept. 26, 2018. PowerPoint used in the webinar, recorded Sept. 26.

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Paid Family & Medical Leave: Are You Ready? View our webinar

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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Toolkit – Tip Pooling

Federal Tip Pool Rule Change Welcomed by Industry It is now legal to tip pool. On March 23, 2018, Congress passed critical funding legislation that included repealing the tip pool

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Hourly and Salaried Overtime

New Overtime Rule Struck Down in Court In Sept. 2017, U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant struck down a new rule for overtime pay, saying the Labor Department set an excessively

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Hazard Communication Rule

What is the Hazard Communication rule? The Hazard Communication rule requires you — the employer — to inform and train your employees about hazardous chemicals in your workplace. Note: Washington

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Minimum Wage

There are currently five minimum wages in Washington state:   State Minimum Wage Due to the passage of Initiative 1433, in Nov. 2016, the state minimum wage: Increased to $11

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Paid Sick Leave

Background Information In Nov. 2016, Initiative 1433 was passed by Washington voters and has been included in Chapter 49.46 RCW Minimum Wage Requirements and Labor Standards. Initiative 1433 incrementally increases the minimum

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Playing Music in Your Business

If you wish to play any music in your establishment—whether it’s recorded background music, live music, a juke box, or a disc jockey—you must have a license. As the business owner,

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Pregnancy Accommodation

In 2017, the Legislature passed a new law providing specific civil rights protections for pregnant employees. If a pregnant employee works for an employer with 15 employees or more, she

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Employee Safety Alert Systems for Hotels

Here’s a quick overview of technology options that can help Seattle hotels comply with Seattle Municipal Code (SMC) 14.25, which concerns hotel employees’ health and safety. SMC 14.25 has been

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Delicatessens

Which food and beverage sales by a deli are subject to sales tax? Delicatessens usually make more than 75 percent of their food sales in prepared food. If your prepared

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Collecting Sales Tax

Sales of Prepared Food Washington law exempts most grocery type food from retail sales tax. However, the law does not exempt “prepared food,” “soft drinks,” or “dietary supplements.” Businesses that

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Summary of Tip Laws

Tips are any gratuitous payment made by a customer to one who serves the customer. They include cash tips, credit or debit card tips, or tips by check. If an