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Tip Pooling – HERO Manual

On March 23, 2018, Congress passed critical funding legislation that included repealing the tip pool rule that barred certain employers from setting up tip-pooling arrangements under which tipped employees can share

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Weekly Update: Paid Leave Legislation

Paid Leave Legislation: Video Update After many months of thoughtful strategic planning by Democrats, Republicans, businesses and labor, we believe the Legislature will act on paid family leave before the

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Weekly Update: Washington Restaurant Neighbor Award Winners!

Congratulations, 2017 Washington Restaurant Neighbor Award Winners! The Washington Hospitality Association is proud to announce that three of its members, Mod Pizza, Hop Jack’s and the Mill Creek Pub are

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I-124 Legal Challenge Decision Delayed

The judge did not issue any decision March 31 at the summary judgment hearing in King County Superior Court for the legal challenge of Seattle’s Initiative 124. Judge John Erlick

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Weekly Update: Tip Pooling Deadline Extended

Tip Pooling Deadline Extended for Up to Two Months The National Restaurant Association is filing a petition with the U.S. Supreme Court against the Department of Labor’s restrictions on tip

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Eye on Hospitality: An Online Review Case to Watch

Many restaurateurs and hoteliers were disappointed by the Consumer Review Fairness Act of 2016, signed into law by President Barack Obama in December. It provides no relief to operators who object to the way their businesses are rated online.

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Weekly Update: Overtime Rule Blocked in Federal Court

Overtime Rule Blocked in Federal Court: Will Not Take Effect Dec. 1 Employers received something to be thankful for this holiday in the form of yesterday’s ruling from the federal

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Overtime Rule Blocked in Federal Court: Will Not Take Effect Dec. 1

Note: The information in this article is outdated. Go here for more current information on this topic.   In a surprise ruling, a Federal judge in Texas issued a nationwide

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Washington Restaurant Weekly: Merchants Win Big in Swipe Fee Ruling

Anyone who performs credit card transactions at their place of business will welcome last week’s decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, rejecting a proposed settlement in the Visa, MasterCard class action antitrust lawsuit (MDL 1720).

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Washington Restaurant Market Watch: Merchants Win Big in Swipe Fee Ruling

Anyone who performs credit card transactions at their place of business will welcome last week’s decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, rejecting a proposed settlement in the Visa, MasterCard class action antitrust lawsuit (MDL 1720).

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Weekly Update: Persuader Rule Blocked in Federal Court – Victory for Employers

Employers won big in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, which blocked a federal rule that would have forced attorneys and clients to report details of confidential attorney-client relationships, complicating employers’ efforts to seek legal counsel in opposing and dealing with unions.

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Weekly Update: Tip pooling – WRA challenges Ninth Circuit ruling

The WRA, along with its co-plaintiffs, filed with the Ninth Circuit a petition for panel rehearing or rehearing en banc (where the case is heard before all the judges on the court), urging the Ninth Circuit to reconsider its decision not to block a U.S. Department of Labor rule barring employees from using tip pools to boost the wages of kitchen workers.

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Religious Accommodation

Overview of Washington State Supreme Court rulings on reasonable accommodations for religious practices On May 22, 2014, the Washington State Supreme Court issued rulings in Kumar v. Gate Gourmet, clarifying

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Tip Pooling: How the Ninth Circuit ruling may affect your restaurant

In my previous article, I gave a brief overview of the recent Ninth Circuit ruling, in which the court held that federal regulations concerning tips, and who may be included in a mandatory tip pool, are valid. As explained in that article, it is likely the plaintiffs in that lawsuit (including WRA) will ask the court to review that ruling.

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Tip Pooling: A brief overview of the Ninth Circuit ruling

I am one of the attorneys of record in the WRA’s lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). I also spent several years as in-house counsel for a national restaurant company, and have a number of restaurant clients.