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Seattle Hotel Employee Protections Take Effect

Four ordinances with protections for hotel employees have become law in Seattle. The protections range from panic buttons, room cleaning and square footage limits, required expenditures for health care coverage

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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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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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Former California Secretary of Commerce Hatamiya Talks Scheduling in Seattle June 21

Lon Hatamiya, former secretary of the California Technology, Trade and Commerce Agency, will tell Seattle City Councilmembers on June 21 that his study of new restrictive scheduling in San Francisco shows the unintended negative impact on flexible, part-time work and how employers are frustrated by new penalties caused by unforeseen circumstances.

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Mayor Murray and Councilmember Burgess Propose New Rules for Short-term Rentals

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and Councilmember Tim Burgess this week announced a proposal to prevent long-term rental units from being converted to short-term rentals, while still providing residents the ability to earn additional income by renting out their homes.

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Seattle businesses face fines for non-compliance with all-gender restroom ordinance

The WRA/WLA government affairs team has learned that the City of Seattle is starting to send compliance letters to businesses that do not have gender neutral signage on their single-occupancy restrooms. If a business does not comply within 30 days, it faces fines.

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The Seattle City Council makes decisions that are highly impactful to your business. This year, every Seattle City Council seat is up for election. The general election is November 3 and

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Seattle Restaurant Alliance endorses City Council candidates in primary

The Seattle City Council makes decisions that have great impact on your business, such as the minimum wage ordinance that went into effect this year.

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Seattle’s Paid Sick/Safe Leave Law coming September 1: New online resource is available to help you comply

The September 1, 2012 deadline to begin complying with Seattle’s new paid sick/safe leave mandate is fast approaching. Knowing this, the WRA, Seattle Restaurant Alliance (SRA), and WRA’s law firm Cairncross and Hempelmann have teamed up to create an online comprehensive guide to help you understand what changes you must make in your business to be in compliance by September 1.

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Seattle event aims to bring cigar bars back to restaurants

The first ever Seattle Cigar Expo took place this past weekend and featured several Washington Restaurant Association members such as El Gaucho, The Ram, Via Tribunali and Caffe Vita.

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Seattle food cart ordinance passes–some restaurant-friendly changes included

Earlier this week, the Seattle City Council passed their street food vending ordinance by a vote of 8-0. This ordinance will allow food vending from carts on sidewalks and trucks

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43 Bands Entered, 3 Will Play: You Decide Who Rocks Seattle SoundBite 2010

Seattle SoundBite is a City of Music event, unique in that only Seattle musical groups with at least one member working in the foodservice industry are eligible to perform. This