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Washington minimum wage will be $14.49 in 2022

The Washington State department of Labor & Industries (L&I) announced today that the minimum wage in Washington state will see an increase of 80 cents in January. The new statewide minimum wage will be $14.49 per

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UPDATE: Statewide single-use bag ban starts Oct. 1

*UPDATE – 10.1.21* New information below including an Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section with answers provided by the Department of Ecology and additional details from the Department of Revenue on

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LCB stepping up alcohol delivery compliance checks

The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB) announced this week they are stepping up compliance checks for alcohol delivery service. While there aren’t many hospitality businesses currently offering alcohol

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Toolkit — Isolated Workers and Panic Buttons

Isolated workers and the law: How to stay in compliance A bill passed in the 2019 legislative session and took effect in Jan. 2021 that now applies to a large

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Lodging wins during the public health crisis

By Anthony Anton President & CEO, Washington Hospitality Association In normal years, our advocacy wins mostly accumulate during the legislative session where the bulk of the policymaking and budget decisions

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Toolkit — Wildfire Season Preparedness

Wildfire season is here: do you know when you should close your patio? It’s become almost a yearly event. Smoke from nearby wildfires hangs over the area, creating hazardous conditions

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Late fee suspensions for Transient Accommodation License renewals ending July 31

*** UPDATE July 14, 2021*** The temporary late fee suspension for Transient Accommodation License renewals is coming to an end on July 31. Lodging operators with a Transient Accommodations License

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Job search requirements, other changes coming for unemployment recipients

Changes are coming from the Washington State Employment Security Department (ESD) in July. The first change will require Washingtonians receiving unemployment benefits to once again search for jobs. 

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Gov. Inslee announces statewide, two-week pause: all counties frozen in current phase

End of 2021 Legislative Session; Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF); Status of rollbacks.

For more information, go to hhttps://hub.wahospitality.org/.

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Liquor license fees delayed until March 2022

Gov. Jay Inslee on Feb. 28, 2021, signed into law Senate Bill 5272 that delays liquor license payments until March 30, 2022. It takes effect April 1, 2021. This relief

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[WIN] $240M in business relief, tax relief signed into law

On Feb. 19, Gov. Jay Inslee put his signature on two bills that will significantly help the hospitality industry sustain in the coronavirus pandemic. Your State Government Affairs team has