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Weekly Update: Comments Needed on Overtime Draft Rules

Have You Commented on the Latest Draft of Overtime Rules? With fewer than 10 days before the comment deadline, we need you to get your comments in to the Department

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Weekly Update: Hospitality Employment Law Guides Now Available

Hospitality Employment Law Guides Now Available The Washington Hospitality Association is pleased to provide two members-only Employment Law Guides tailored to Washington state and your business: one for restaurants and

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Weekly Update: Hospitality Pros Honored at Convention

Restaurant, Hotel Pros Honored at Hospitality Convention The best of hospitality from throughout the state were honored at the Washington Hospitality Convention Sunday at Renton’s Hyatt Regency Lake Washington. The

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Weekly Update: Ban the Box Takes Effect Today – What It Means for Employers

Ban the Box Takes Effect Today – What It Means for Employers Employers take notice: Starting today, a new law designed to help people with criminal convictions find employment and

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Weekly Update – Big Victory for Hospitality Industry: Jobs Tax Proposal Defeated in Seattle

Washington State Supreme Court Still Not Satisfied with Legislature’s Education Funding Plan On Wednesday, the Washington State Supreme Court issued a new order in the McCleary case, requiring full and

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Legislative News: First week of the 2017 Session

Today is the eighth day of the 2017 legislative session. The session is scheduled to go 105 days. For a schedule of hearings in the upcoming week you can visit:

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Government Affairs Committee Regional Meetings 2016

Each year the Washington Hospitality Association holds a series of regional meetings to get feedback from our members on issues that are important to them. The Government Affairs (GA) team travels to various locations around the state

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Weekly Update: Seattle City Council Enacts Restrictive Scheduling

On Monday, the Seattle City Council passed the Secure Scheduling Ordinance, 9-0. Full-service restaurants are included in the legislation if they have 40 locations and 500 employees. Everyone else, including

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Weekly Update: Restaurants Granted Stay in Tip Pooling Case

Restaurants Granted Stay in Tip Pooling Case Following last week’s denial by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals of WRA’s petition to reconsider its Feb. 23 ruling in our ongoing

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Weekly Update: Restrictive Scheduling Gains Media Attention

As the heat gets turned up on the issue of employee schedules in Seattle, more news outlets have covered the issue.

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In talking with legislators and state agencies, Washington Hospitality Association members are needed to reinforce the messages that have been identified as issues important to employers and operators in our industry.

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Hot Off the Grill: Election Edition

The 2015 election cycle turned out to be very busy for the Washington Restaurant and Washington Lodging Associations. The hospitality industry (WRA & WLA) played a part in many races

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Washington Restaurant Weekly: Two percent workers’ comp rate increase coming in 2016

The average base rate Washington businesses pay for workers’ compensation insurance will increase 2 percent on Jan. 1, 2016. L&I announced the new rates this week. L&I uses wage inflation as a benchmark to help determine workers’ comp rates for the coming year.

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Weekly Update: Happy Thanksgiving!

We at the Washington Restaurant Association are thankful every day for you, our loyal members. We wish you glad tidings and rich fellowship on this uniquely American holiday. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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Weekly Update: WRA honors Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber

This week, the Washington Restaurant Association (WRA) honored Tom Pierson, president and CEO of the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber for his leadership of the chamber and their strong partnership during 2015.