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The 2019 Legislative Heroes for Hospitality

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington Hospitality Association is proud to announce the 2019 Legislative Heroes for Hospitality: Sen. Mark Mullet, D-Issaquah, Sen. Curtis King, R-Yakima, Rep. Cindy Ryu, D-Shoreline, Rep.

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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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Restrictive Scheduling: Respond to Action Alert and Say NO to Statewide Scheduling Mandate

The hospitality industry is known for having flexible schedules and employee autonomy over their work schedules. This cornerstone of our industry is under direct attack with House Bill 1491/Senate Bill

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Hospitality Workforce Development Bill Gets Hearing

MEDIA CONTACTS: Jillian Henze, APR, senior communications manager, Washington Hospitality Association, 360-956-7279 ext. 124, jillianh@wahospitality.org Nicole Vukonich, state communications manager, Washington Hospitality Association, 360-956-7279 ext. 160, nicolev@wahospitality.org Hospitality Workforce Development

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Education Foundation Director’s Notes – January 2019

Hi! My name is David Faro. On January 1, 2019 I had the good fortune to become the Director of the Washington Hospitality Association’s Education Foundation. As I take the

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The 2019 Legislative Session Preview

*This article originally appeared in the January 2019 issue of The Washington Hospitality Association Magazine  By Nicole Vukonich For the first time in a while, when the Legislature convenes on

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Register Today: Hill Climb is Jan. 28

Hill Climb & Taste Our Best January 28, 2019 We are Washington hospitality. We are in this together as one industry and are the faces of the largest private employer

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Washington State Court of Appeals rules in Washington Hospitality Association’s favor

The Washington State Court of Appeals ruled in our favor and threw out I-124 in its entirety. The court determined that I-124 was unconstitutional because it contains multiple subjects. Read more here. This ruling

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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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Golf FORE! Education

Restaurants are the cornerstone of career opportunities in America. Every dollar spent in restaurants generates another $2.05 for our economy. And, it’s likely that you or your business has seen gain as a result. Golf FORE! Education, our annual golf tournament, and Toasting the Finest, the party after the tournament are opportunities to give back. You can feed dreams and build futures by supporting

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Seattle publishes updated administrative rules for PSST, but is still finalizing definition of “hourly compensation” for PSST purposes

On Monday, June 4, Seattle published updated administrative rules for the City’s Paid Sick and Safe Time ordinance which was updated in late 2017.  The update incorporated the more generous provisions of the

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Seattle City Council approves $50 million tax on jobs

On Monday, May 14, the Seattle City Council voted unanimously to tax jobs at businesses with more than $20 million in annual taxable gross receipts in Seattle. This new revenue

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Seattle City Council is working quickly on a jobs tax

The Seattle City Council wants to establish a tax on jobs to raise another $75 million to spend on its response to homelessness, and it is moving forward quickly to

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Major grant awarded to Education Foundation

The Washington Hospitality Association Education Foundation received great news today! The state Department of Commerce announced three winners of the Skilled Worker Awareness grant. The Education Foundation was awarded more