Weekly Update: Big Changes Coming in 2018 – Paid Leave and Minimum Wage

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Big Changes Coming in 2018 – Paid Leave and Minimum Wage

Washington’s employers are facing some big changes in 2018. Get ready for a new state paid sick leave program and new minimum wage regulations. Now is the time to get prepared. For other changes that may affect you locally, in 2018, see below.  Read more…


Department of Labor Officials Propose New Rule to Expand Tip Pool Access

The U.S. Department of Labor proposed, on Dec. 4, a new rule that would allow tip pooling between front-of-house and back-of-house employees. The Washington Hospitality Association is closely monitoring the process, as the new rule is developed, and will keep you informed.


Seattle Short-Term Rental Regulatory Bill Will Go Before Full Council, Dec. 11

On Tuesday, Dec. 5, the short-term rental regulatory bill—the final piece of legislation in the Seattle City Council’s short-term rental package—passed out of committee.  It will go before the full council on Monday, Dec. 11 for final approval. If passed by the full council on Dec. 11, the regulatory ordinance, like the land use and tax ordinances will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2018.


Seattle’s Sweetened Beverage Tax Takes Effect on Jan. 1 – Learn How It Affects You

Seattle’s sweetened beverage tax goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2018, and the Seattle Restaurant Alliance has prepared a fact sheet with information and resources to help you understand your responsibilities regarding this new tax. Read more…


Tacoma Paid Sick and Safe Leave Rules Finalized

The Tacoma City Council finalized Tacoma’s paid sick leave rules last week. The updated rules, available here, will be enforced in Tacoma starting Jan. 1. Tacoma’s paid sick and safe leave policy is stricter than the state policy. Businesses in Tacoma will need to comply with the city’s paid leave policy, which will ensure they are also compliant with the state policy. To see a comparison of the previous and new 2018 paid leave policy alongside the state policy, click here. The city will host two information sessions (Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2-3:30 PM Main Branch of the Tacoma Public Library, Olympic Room, 1102 Tacoma Ave. and Wednesday, Dec. 13, 6-7:30 p.m., Fern Hill Library Meeting Room, 765 S. 84th St.). For more information, contact Joe Bushnell.


Learn How Seattle’s Paid Sick and Safe Leave Laws Will Affect Your Business

The Seattle Office of Labor Standards has proposed legislation that would apply I-1433 requirements, when more generous the city’s, equally to hourly and overtime exempt employees (with a few limited exceptions). It is holding a series of webinars in early December to review how PSST laws will apply to Seattle employers. Click here for the schedule.



Hill Climb 2018 Registration Now Open

Please join your hospitality industry colleagues for the association’s annual Hill Climb and Taste Our Best Reception on Jan. 29, 2018, in Olympia. The annual event ensures that the voices of our industry are heard in our state’s capitol! Your government affairs team does all the work, from setting appointments with legislators to providing simple talking points to use during your meetings. It’s the perfect way to ensure your legislator knows exactly what you need to be successful. In the evening, the Taste Our Best legislative reception brings together restaurateurs, hoteliers and legislators for a night of the industry’s best food and finest beers and wines. This relaxed environment gives you a chance to socialize with your industry peers and visit with the state’s elected leaders. We look forward to seeing you on Jan. 29!



Anelia’s Kitchen & Stage and Kona Kai Coffee 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 kick off the show with an interview with Matt Farrell and Jennifer Ferry, co-owners of Anelia’s Kitchen & Stage, in La Conner. Andy and Paul then chat with Mychal Boiser, executive director of Kona Kai Coffee, in Kent.



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