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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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Tip Pooling Policies – Survey Results

Tip pooling policies are a controversial topic in the restaurant industry – we decided to learn more about tip pooling policies and the effect they have on workers and customers. With the need to raise wages for kitchen workers, plus recent changes to federal regulations and laws governing the distribution of tips, tip pooling policies are an issue everyone in the restaurant industry is familiar with. (Poached)

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Weekly Update – Let Us Know Your Thoughts on Legislative Candidates in Your Area

Let Us Know Your Thoughts on Legislative Candidates in Your Area The Washington Hospitality Association Government Affairs team will spend $650,000 this election cycle protecting YOU and your business. We

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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: Hospitality Week, Month and Hiring Event Help Solve Labor Shortage

The Hunt is Over: Hospitality Week, Month and Hiring Event Help Solve Labor Shortage Earlier this month, Gov. Jay Inslee proclaimed May as Hospitality Month. On Tuesday, the Tacoma City

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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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Tip Pooling Q&A

Your real-world questions answered by the Washington Hospitality Association Q: I was just talking with a business owner who uses a third-party payroll company. The company apparently stated the new

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Best practices: Mandatory tip pooling policies and procedures

The big change • The tip pool rule that barred certain employers from setting up tip-pooling arrangements under which tipped employees can share tips with their non-tipped colleagues was repealed

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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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Understanding the Tip Income Protection Act of 2018

Buried deep within the 2,000-plus pages of the Consolidated Appropriations Act signed into law earlier this year are three pages of legislative language that amend the federal Fair Labor Standards Act, or FLSA, of 1938 to prohibit employers — including managers and supervisors — from “keeping” tips received by employees for any purpose. What is most unusual, however, is that the new prohibition is not linked to the employer’s taking of a tip credit against its minimum wage obligations. (Nation’s Restaurant News)

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Waiters can now share tips with cooks and other staff

Cooks and dishwashers at restaurants can now benefit from tips just like waiters and other “front of the house” staff thanks to a rollback in federal law. The policy change enacted last month gets rid of a 2011 rule by the Department of Labor that didn’t allow restaurants to have tip pools to share with “back of the house” employees that wouldn’t normally get tips such as cooks or dishwashers. (Spokesman-Review)

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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