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 have the third-largest business political action committee (PAC) in the state and will be working to elect candidates that support hospitality. On June 26, the Government Affairs Committee (GAC) will decide on which state legislative candidates to endorse and support. Do you have an opinion? Let us know! Attend the GAC meeting on June 26 or send the team your thoughts by emailing Julia Gorton.


Seattle City Council Repeals Controversial Tax on Jobs

In a surprising move, the Seattle City Council voted on June 12, to repeal the tax on jobs it unanimously passed less than a month ago. The controversial tax would have required high-grossing Seattle businesses to pay $275 per FTE starting in 2019, and the revenue raised would have added $45 to $50 million to current city spending on homelessness and affordable housing. The Seattle Hotel Association and the Seattle Restaurant Alliance opposed the tax on jobs and worked with members to bring attention to the negative impact this type of tax would have on the city’s economic vitality and on employment, particularly in labor-intensive hospitality businesses. Both organizations support a regional approach to address the complex regional problem of homelessness. Learn more here.


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New! Tip Pooling Resource

Since Congress made it legal to tip pool with heart-of-the-house employees on March 23, Washington restaurants are considering making the change. We’ve added a new resource, a tip pooling policy employee acknowledgment form, to help you in the process. Check out this new resource and more here.


Fact Sheet for Seattle’s Hotel Employees Health & Safety Initiative

In late May, the Seattle Office of Labor Standards (OLS) published administrative rules for the Hotel Employees Health & Safety Initiative (HEHS SMC 14.25), passed by voters as Initiative 124. The Seattle Hotel Association published a fact sheet to help members review the law’s requirements and understand the responsibilities outlined in the rules, which are legally binding and go into effect on July 1, 2018. View the HEHS Fact Sheet online here or download it here. Seattle hotel members should also consider participating in a free OLS training webinar which will review key provisions of the ordinance. Register here for a July 12 webinar on the new rules.


Focus on Gender Discrimination Prevention at Spokane Hotel Motel Association Meeting, June 19

The Spokane Hotel Motel Association will meet at 11 a.m., Tuesday, June 19, at Northern Quest Resort & Casino, 100 N. Hayford Road, Airway Heights. The board will hold its meeting at 11 a.m. and open it up for general membership at 11:30 a.m. This month’s speakers are Tim Nault and Alicia Dragoo from Kirkpatrick & Starzel. They will speak on gender discrimination prevention in places of public accommodation. For more information, visit www.spokanehospitality.org.


Washington Hospitality Association Spokane Chapter Meeting, June 19

The Spokane Chapter of the Washington Hospitality Association will meet at 3 p.m. Tuesday at the Onion Bar & Grill North Spokane, 7522 N. Division. This month’s speaker is Michael Mandell from Yes! To Affordable Groceries. For more information, visit www.spokanehospitality.org.



Two-Minute Video: What You Need to Know

Don’t miss this great video recap of the news you need to know. This week’s topics include the wrap up of Hospitality Month, the Tacoma Hiring Event’s success and Edmonds’ move toward a disposable plastics ban.


Eye on Hospitality: How to Prevent Theft in Hotels and Restaurants

Theft can happen at your hotel or restaurant, but there are ways you can minimize the risk. Eye on Hospitality recently talked with Doug Rector, president of Northwest Loss Prevention Consultants, in Renton, about strategies for preventing theft. Read more…