Weekly Update: 2016 Election Results

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Tuesday night’s results came as a surprise to much of the country – as almost every projection, poll, data set was off.  On the national level, Donald Trump will be our next president, Republicans will have the majority in the U.S. House of Representatives and a slim majority in the U.S. Senate. On the state level, Gov. Jay Inslee was re-elected to a second term, and we will look forward to our continued work and partnership with his administration. The Washington State Senate is currently controlled by a 26-23 margin by the Majority Coalition Caucus (MCC). As of today, control of the Senate appears to have narrowly remained with the Majority Coalition Caucus by a 25-24 margin. The MCC has picked up more Hospitality Industry champions with three of the four candidates we endorsed for these races. We feel the state House will remain under a Democrat majority, but there are several races too close to call today. For more information, contact Stephanie McManus. Read more…

Minimum Wage Hike Approved By Washington Voters

Washington voters, on Tuesday, approved Initiative 1433 to raise the state minimum wage. I-1433 raises the minimum wage to $11 per hour in 2017; $11.50 per hour in 2018; $12 per hour in 2019; and jumps to $13.50 in 2020. Tips will not count towards the minimum wage. Service charges will not count towards the minimum wage. Paid sick leave accrues at one hour per 40 hours worked starting in 2018. Employees are entitled to use paid leave after 90 days of employment. Unused paid leave will be allowed to carry over into the following year. For more information, contact Stephanie McManus.

Seattle’s I-124 Passes – Is Your Hotel Affected?

On Tuesday, voters passed Initiative 124. I-124 concerns health, safety and labor standards for Seattle hotel employees. This initiative requires hotels to implement safety alert systems, retain lists of guests accused of sexual assault and harassment, provide gold-level health care, limit workloads and provide job security for employees upon hotel ownership transfer. While the official date is unclear, we anticipate the law will go into effect between Nov. 29 and Dec. 6, 2016. Read our in-depth summary here. Members can also attend an informational meeting, 3-5 p.m., Nov. 21 at Hotel Andra. RSVP to Morgan Hickel.

Washington Hospitality 2 Minute News Update

Don’t miss this week’s Washington Hospitality 2 Minute News Update. It is a great recap of last week’s news that matters to the hospitality industry.

Seattle Members: Make Your Voices Heard in Health Department Survey

Since 2014, the Seattle & King County Health Department has been looking to implement a new restaurant grading system that will incorporate placards. It is crucial that you take this survey and let the health department know your thoughts on different placard designs. For more information, contact Jillian Henze.

Survey on New Overtime Rules: Make Your Voice Heard!

We are collecting important information on the impact the new overtime rule will have on the restaurant industry and what steps our members are taking to comply. We encourage you to urge your members to take the survey by Nov. 18. Responses are anonymous, completely confidential and incredibly valuable to our efforts.

Hill Climb & Taste Our Best: Feb. 6, 2017

The Washington Hospitality Association organizes Hill Climb and Taste Our Best each year. The annual event gives hoteliers and restaurant operators an opportunity to interact one-on-one with legislators. Throughout the day, members meet with lawmakers to discuss business outlooks, special challenges and to communicate the state of the hospitality industry. Later in the evening, the Taste Our Best legislative reception brings together the people of the hospitality industry and legislators for a night of great food and the finest beers and wines. Save this date: Feb. 6, 2017. For more information, contact Stephanie McManus.

La Toscanella, Anacortes Brewery, Rockfish Grill and H2O on This Week’s DineNW Radio Show – Listen Online!

Don’t miss this week’s DineNW radio show, now online. Andy Cook and Paul Schlienz interview Teresa Elizabeth, owner of Seattle’s La Tosanella. Andy and Paul then chat with Rick Star, co-owner of the Anacortes Brewery, Rockfish Grill and H2O.