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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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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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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

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Washington Hospitality Association 2016 endorsements

Each year the Washington Hospitality Association Government Affairs Committee endorses candidates who support restaurants and hotels and who will work to keep a thriving business sector in our state. Below is our of current

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WRA in the Media

In the last seven days, the WRA has been the media a lot. You may have seen our CEO Anthony Anton, quoted several times in many different publications. It has been an eye-opening experience about the polarization of the media.

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Final rules on menu labeling passed federally

Impacts restaurants with 20 or more locations While there have been attempts to pass a statewide law on menu labeling, this hasn’t occurred in Washington. However, a federal law that

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New laws that could help your restaurant

Senate Bill 6442 and House Bill 1742 passed during the 2014 legislative session and are now law.Liquor licensees who sell growlers of beer to-go (tavern licensees, restaurant licensees, hotel licensees, microbrewery licensees and specialty beer and wine licensees) will now gain be allowed to sell growlers of hard cider and wine.

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Court denies NLRB petition in employer posting rule

The full U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia denied a petition yesterday by the National Labor Relations Board for a hearing on a three-judge panel’s May decision to strike an NLRB regulation that would have required businesses to display a poster advising employees of their rights under the National Labor Relations Act. The latest rejection by the full DC Court of Appeals follows a similar ruling by the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit last month.

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WRA introduces Senate Bill to correct errors in 1183 implementation

Senate Bill 5644, sponsored by Republican Leader Sen. Mark Schoesler and Democrat Leader Sen. Ed Murray, was introduced today and should be heard in committee next week. The Washington Restaurant

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Low voter turnout for Tuesday’s primary election yields challenges and some takeaways

Tuesday’s primary election to decide the top two candidates for November’s general election ballot was predicted to have a turnout into the high 40 percentile; that did not happen.

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Distributors to Defend LCB Rulemaking in Law Suit

In June, the Washington Restaurant Association (WRA) and the 1183 Coalition filed a lawsuit over the Liquor Control Board’s (LCB) unauthorized rulemaking to implement 1183. The lawsuit will challenge the rulemaking in five areas.

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Supreme Court upholds I-1183

Today, the Washington State Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 vote, that Initiative 1183 is indeed, constitutional.

The ruling comes just in time for private retail outlets to commence sale tomorrow, June 1. Tomorrow will mark the last significant transition date as we begin establishing a private market for spirit sales and distribution in Washington state.