2021 minimum wage rate increases

The statewide minimum wage increases to $13.69 per hour beginning Jan.1, 2021, according to the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries.

Workers who are 14 or 15 years old may be paid 85% of the adult minimum wage, which amounts to $11.64 an hour. Read more here.

Minimum wage increases for Seattle and SeaTac will be revealed in the days ahead.

Seattle Mayor announces 2021 budget proposal

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan proposed a conservative budget for the next year—using budget cuts, funds from emergency reserves and the city’s new JumpStart tax on large businesses to fill a $200 million deficit. To read the details, click here.

Print and customize your own mask compliance posters — for free

The Stay Safe WA campaign has customizable posters available for your business to communicate mask compliance to customers.

Explore your unconscious biases with Gerry Fernandez 

Gerry Fernandez is the guest speaker at our special hospitality event, sponsored by Sysco. He has over 35 years of experience in the hospitality industry, with leadership positions at companies such as The Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, Hemenway’s Seafood Grill & Oyster Bar, The Capital Grille and General Mills.

Nation’s Restaurant News named Fernandez in “The Power List: 50 Power Players Top Catalysts” for his work with foodservice leaders to, “diversify their workforces, vendor networks and customer bases to unlock their full potential.”

Join him for this important training at 10 a.m., Oct. 21. Register here.


[Webinar] How can you support your team’s health? 

UnitedHealth Group is hosting a webinar at 9 a.m. Oct. 8 about what you can do to help your teams stay healthy. A variety of resources for both physical and mental health are available, just for the hospitality industry. Register here.

[CEO Podcast] Join CEO Anthony Anton in a conversation with Chad Mackay 

Chad Mackay, the Washington Hospitality Association’s outgoing board president, will join CEO Anthony Anton in this month’s podcast. After Anton gives us a monthly update on the industry and the most important news, the two will speak about Mackay’s two years as board president.

Join us at 10 a.m. Oct. 7. To register, click here.

[WEBINAR] Ready for Winter:

Cold, flu or coronavirus? 

When is a simple cough a cold, flu or coronavirus? What’s the difference in symptoms, when should you send an employee home and/or ask they get tested?

Hear from epidemiologist Mark Springer 10 a.m. Oct. 14 from Spokane Regional Health District in this informative webinar. Click here to register.

ServSafe Manager Online is here to stay

Washington can’t have in-person ServSafe Manager classes, but your employees can still get certified online. Employees can take the course and exam with an online proctor, all from the safety of their own homes, at their own pace. Register here.