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Weekly Update: Friday Marks the Session’s First Legislative Cutoff

Friday Marks the Session’s First Legislative Cutoff Friday is an important day on the legislative calendar – it is the first cutoff date of the session. This means that bills

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Seattle updates its paid sick and safe time law in response to new state paid sick leave requirements.

Seattle has had a paid sick leave ordinance in place since 2012 that requires employers with four or more full-time employees to provide workers with paid sick leave to care

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Weekly Update: Big Changes Coming in 2018 – Paid Leave and Minimum Wage

Big Changes Coming in 2018 – Paid Leave and Minimum Wage Washington’s employers are facing some big changes in 2018. Get ready for a new state paid sick leave program

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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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Weekly Update: I-1433 Rulemaking Process Under Way at L&I

I-1433 Rulemaking Process Under Way at L&I During September, the Department of Labor and Industries held public hearings around the state on its draft rules to implement Initiative 1433.  The

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Weekly Update: Hospitality Industry Responds to Las Vegas Shooting

Hospitality Industry Responds to Las Vegas Shooting The country is in shock after the unspeakable Las Vegas shooting, on Oct. 1. “We extend our prayers and thoughts to the victims

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Sick leave supporters to continue their fight

A day after Albuquerque voters defeated a proposed sick leave ordinance by a razor-thin margin, those pushing for the measure vowed to continue their fight while opponents were breathing a sigh of relief and realizing that had they not fought the proposal at every turn, there could have been a much different result. The ordinance was defeated by 718 votes, or 0.78 percentage point, according to unofficial results (Albuquerque Journal)

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Weekly Update: Our 2017 Legislative Heroes

Hospitality Association Announces 2017 Legislative Heroes Annually, the Washington Hospitality Association recognizes lawmakers who are true champions of the hospitality industry’s priorities. “The legislators we’ve chosen this year fight for

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Weekly Update: Our Tuition Partnership With WSU

Washington Hospitality Association Announces Tuition Assistance Partnership With WSU A new educational partnership between Washington State University and the Washington Hospitality Association Education Foundation will grant thousands of hospitality professionals

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Weekly Update: Hospitality Statistics Bluebook Released to Public

Washington Hospitality Bluebook Released to Public The new Washington Hospitality Bluebook is meant to take competitiveness benchmarks and statistics to the next level by directly applying this information to the

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Weekly Update: Paid Sick and Safe Leave Policy Amendment Put on Hold in Tacoma

Victory for Employers: Paid Sick and Safe Leave Policy Amendment Put on Hold in Tacoma In November, Washington voters passed Initiative 1433, mandating paid sick and safe leave accrual for

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I-1433 Rules Summary

Definitions Clarifications have been made to the following: Absences exceeding three days: Three consecutive days an employee is scheduled to work. Health-related reasons: A serious public health concern that could

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Washington State Minimum Wage (Initiative 1433)

Resources, FAQ, and Help I-1433 increased the minimum wage statewide to $11 per hour on Jan. 1, 2017 (with the exception of Seattle which went up to $15). It also

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Weekly Update: State Releases Economic Forecast

State Releases Economic Forecast On Wednesday, Washington’s Economic and Revenue Forecast Council projected approximately $354 million in extra revenue by 2019, beyond what was previously anticipated thanks, in large part,