Weekly Update: 2017 HERO Manual Now Available

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2017 HERO Manual Now Available

We’ve made extensive updates to the HERO Manual – everything from completely new sections to revisions of old sections to reflect changes in law and agency rulemaking. This year’s HERO Manual features totally new sections on Cash Overages, Corkage Fees, Paid Leave, More Favorable Laws, Personal Chefs, Employee Safety Alert Systems for Hotels, Food Trucks and Trailers, Fire Prevention, Hazard Communication Rule, Workers’ Compensation, Workplace Violence, Oily Rags Fire Hazard and Workplace Safety. Members can login here to view the online version or download the PDF. If you need a login, go to https://wahospitality.org/user-register/


Seattle Draft Secure Scheduling Ordinance Rules are Out

The draft rules of the Secure Scheduling Ordinance were released on March 13. The ordinance regulates how employers can and cannot schedule their hourly employees. Retail and food service establishments with more than 500 employees worldwide and full-service restaurants with more than 500 employees and more than 40 locations worldwide are included. The Office of Labor Standards will take public comment on the draft through March 28 and plans to publish final rules by mid-April. Review the rules yourself at www.seattle.gov. Reminder, the law takes effect on July 1, 2017. For more information, contact Jillian Henze.


Washington Hospitality Association Communications Wins Award

Proof that the Washington Hospitality Association is working hard for you! Our PR team earned a top award from the Public Relations Society of America in the public affairs category. The winning entry was for the Seattle Restaurant Workers Survey PR campaign in summer 2016.


Tourism Bills Remain Alive in Legislature

House Bill 1123 and Senate Bill 5251  would create a statewide tourism marketing program. Without this new law, we are the only state in the nation without a tourism program and missing vital economic opportunities. Members of the association have been an immense help in keeping the legislation moving through the process. You can participate in the campaign to promote this legislation by texting the word “SERVE” to 52886. When your help is needed to contact legislators on important issues, you will receive a text alert. Additionally, House Bill 2015 is in the Rules Committee. This bill would secure necessary funding for the Washington State Convention Center. For more information, contact Stephanie McManus.



Spokane Chapter Membership Meeting, March 21

Save the date for March 21 when the Washington Hospitality Association’s Spokane Chapter has its monthly membership meeting at DoubleTree by Hilton Spokane City Center, 3-4:30 p.m. RSVP here. For more information, contact Zachary Lindahl.


Pierce County Membership Meeting, March 30

Don’t miss Washington Hospitality’s Pierce County membership meeting on March 30, 9-10 a.m., at the Tacoma Downtown Holiday Inn Express & Suites on 2102 South C Street. We’ll discuss Initiative 1433 (minimum wage), the tourism bill and other measures in the Legislature, local government and the upcoming Pierce County hiring event. The event is free, but please RSVP. For more information, contact Samantha Louderback.


Don’t Miss Washington Hospitality Summit, April 4

Register now for the first-ever Washington Hospitality Summit, April 4, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., at the Renaissance Seattle Hotel, presented by Food Services of America. Interested in exhibiting? Tables are filling up fast! Contact Michele Holmes for sponsorship opportunities and registration questions. Be on the lookout for more information on Summit Spokane in May 2017 and Summit Tacoma in June 2017.


Washington Hospitality Hiring Event Has 100+ Job Opportunities and Vetted Employees

On April 13, Washington Hospitality will host a new kind of hiring event to connect Pierce County citizens with opportunities, and employers with ready-to-work candidates. This event removes roadblocks to employment such as lack of transportation, certifications, permits uniform needs, food assistance and much more. The event will be held at the Hotel Murano, 1320 Broadway, Tacoma, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Read more…



Do You Need an Employee Handbook?

Watch the newest video in our Advisory Network series. Amy Lee, human resources manager at Personnel Management Systems Inc., explains why every employer should have an employee handbook. If you want to watch all of the videos from the Advisory Network, you can find them here. Consultations with the Washington Hospitality Association Advisory Network are a free member benefits. If you have a question, contact your area coordinator and we’ll put you in touch with one of the Network’s industry experts.


BMI and Brown Lantern Ale House on DineNW Radio Show – Listen Online!

Don’t miss today’s DineNW radio show, now online. Andy Cook and Paul Schlienz interview Jessica Frost, executive director of industry relations for BMI. Andy and Paul then chat with Hal and Cheryl Rogers and Tex Strizic, of Anacortes’ Brown Lantern Ale House.


Eye on Hospitality: Hotels Scramble to Attract Millennial Guests

Millennials are the hospitality industry’s top marketing demographic. Everyone wants their business, and nowhere is this more obvious than in hotels. Increasingly, signs are everywhere that lodging establishments are tailoring themselves to meet the unique and distinct sensibilities of this generation that was born roughly between 1981 and 2002. Read more…