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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: New 2019 Minimum Wage Announced in Tacoma

Initiative 1634 Keeps Groceries Affordable The Washington Hospitality Association has joined the fight to keep groceries affordable. We’re supportive of ballot measure I-1634 because neighborhood businesses, workers, farms and families deserve protection

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Weekly Update: L&I Proposes Salary Threshold of up to $75,000

L&I Proposes Salary Threshold of up to $75,000 The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries has worked with stakeholders to update the “white collar” exemptions under the Minimum Wage

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Weekly Update: National Restaurant and Lodging Associations Commit to Training 550,000 Workers, Students

National Restaurant and Lodging Associations Commit to Training 550,000 Workers, Students During an event at the White House last week, the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation and the American Hotel

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Weekly Update: 2018 Legislative Endorsements

The Washington Hospitality Association 2018 Legislative Endorsements On June 26, the Washington Hospitality Association Government Affairs Committee met to endorse legislative candidates ahead of the 2018 primary election. During May

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Weekly Update: Pierce County Hiring Event a Big Success

Pierce County Hiring Event a Big Success Today was a big day for hospitality employers and job-seekers in Pierce County. Washington Hospitality Association’s Hiring Event connected Pierce County citizens with

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Weekly Update: Seattle passes jobs tax, delays 1-124 rules

Seattle City Council Approves $50 Million Tax on Jobs On May 14, the Seattle City Council voted unanimously to tax jobs at businesses with more than $20 million in annual

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Weekly Update: Jobs Tax Vote Coming – Seattle Members Speak Out!

Jobs Tax Vote Coming: Seattle Members Speak Out! A majority of the Seattle City Council supports a proposed job tax. Currently, it would assess $75 million in taxes on businesses

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Weekly Update: Hospitality Month 2018 is Here

Hospitality Month 2018 is Here Gov. Jay Inslee’s second annual Hospitality Month celebrates the state’s largest private employer and its career paths that take employees from first job to $100,000

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Weekly Update: Get Ready for May 7 Menu Labeling Deadline

Get Ready for May 7 Menu Labeling Deadline Crunch time is here. If you’re not prepared for the new federal menu labeling regulations, you need to get prepared now. After

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Weekly Update: Tip Pooling – Supervisors, Managers, Owners are Not to Benefit

Tip Pooling – Supervisors, Managers, Owners are Not to Benefit Reminder: A congressional bill passed March 23 includes a provision that ensures workers will receive all of their tips. Supervisors,

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Weekly Update: Department of Labor Reinforces Tip Pooling Change

Department of Labor Reinforces Tip Pooling Change The Department of Labor issued a brief on April 6 reinforcing that Washington restaurants can now tip pool with heart-of-the-house team members like

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Eye on Hospitality: Hospitality Summits Coming to Bellingham and Tacoma in May

By Paul Schlienz www.hospitalitysummit.org  It’s spring and it’s time for Washington Hospitality Summits! So far, in 2018, we’ve had two Hospitality Summits – in Bellevue and Seattle. Next on the

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Minimum Wage

There are currently five minimum wages in Washington state:   State Minimum Wage Due to the passage of Initiative 1433, in Nov. 2016, the state minimum wage: Increased to $11

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Weekly Update: Hospitality Association Issues Statement on Proposed Federal Tip Pooling Regulations

Washington Hospitality Association CEO Issues Statement on Proposed Federal Tip Pooling Regulations The U.S. Department of Labor announced a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in early December to rescind a 2011