Weekly Update: 2020 travel per diem rates released

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2020 travel per diem rates released

According to the U.S. General Services Administration, the standard lodging rate for fiscal year 2020 will increase from $94 to $96, which is the average adjustment. The standard Meal & Incidental Expenses (M&IE) rate remains $55. The new rates take effect Oct. 1, 2019. Read more here.

Top five tips to troubleshoot Paid Family and Medical Leave reporting

Click here to access the Employment Security Department’s top five tips to help you with reporting Paid Family and Medical Leave premiums. As a reminder, the Q1 and Q2 reporting deadline is Aug. 31.

Wildfire season is here—Do you know when to close your patio?

High temperatures and dry conditions mean wildfires throughout the state during summer months. Did you know that health officers have the authority to shut down outdoor events and spaces when air quality hits the unhealthy range? Find out how to monitor the air quality in your area and learn when to close your patio here. In Spokane, click here.

Two-Minute Video: Wildfire’s impact on hospitality businesses, Golf FORE! Education

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Action Alert: How will L&I’s updated overtime rules impact your business?

Now’s your opportunity to tell the Department of Labor & Industries how an updated salary overtime threshold of nearly $80,000 by 2026 will impact you, your business and your employees. The hospitality industry in Washington state needs you to weigh in on this important update!

At Convention: Tourism plans that boost your business

Design and implement your tourism strategy that will enhance and improve the lives of visitors and locals alike. Join Dan Moore, CEO of Pandion Consulting & Facilitation, at the Washington Hospitality Convention and learn to harness tourism potential while addressing the needs of your local community.

Register now!

Twelve days left to receive $75 in gift cards

When you register for Golf FORE! Education, you will receive $75 in gift cards for Farrelli’s Pizza, KFC and Schwartz Brothers in your grab bag. Bags also include a golf ball and towel. Register a foursome nowand pick up your gift cards on Aug. 27 at the tournament!


Upcoming ServSafe Manager classes

All classes are 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

Everett: Oct. 28 at Food Services of America

Registration Deadline: Oct. 14

Fife: Sept. 11 at US Foods

Registration Deadline: Aug. 28

Kent: Sept. 16 at Food Services of America

Registration Deadline: Sept. 2

Port Angeles: Sept 6 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m at Red Lion Hotel

Registration Deadline: Aug 26

Seattle: Sept. 3 at Bargreen Ellingson

Registration Deadline: Aug. 20

Spokane (Post Falls): Oct. 24 at Sysco

Registration Deadline: Oct. 10

Tacoma: Sept. 10 at Bargreen

Registration Deadline: Aug. 27

Register your employees!

Additional Training Available

First Aid & Bloodborne Pathogens

Sexual Harassment Prevention

Hotel & Lodging Certifications

Food Allergy

Mandatory Alcohol Server Training (MAST)


Domino’s plans to roll out a fleet of e-bikes (Restaurant Business)
How the big hotel and lodging companies respond to these challenges will determine their future (Forbes)
Chipotle pays $700K in cash bonuses to employees at 135 restaurants(Nation’s Restaurant News)

Hotel executives discuss their changing 2019 outlook (Hotel News Now)
Restaurant chains are rushing to put the ‘fast’ back in fast food (Forbes)
Hotels can now add services, amenities in Google My Business (Search Engine Land)
Impossible Foods and Beyond Meat are coming to campuses, offices and stadiums (Vox)

Hospitality brands go all-in on the sleep movement (Skift)
McDonald’s revamps 10-year-old McCafé packaging, logo (Nation’s Restaurant News)

Choice Hotels says Comfort’s property renovations are paying off (Skift)
The food truck dilemma: When to rent and when to own? (Nation’s Restaurant News)

Survey reveals social preferences of young business travelers (Lodging)
What are the top trends in snacks and sweets? (SmartBrief)

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