Big Win for Hotels: Initiative 124 Ruled Unconstitutional

The Washington State Court of Appeals ruled that Seattle’s Initiative 124 was unconstitutional because it violates the single-subject rule. The city has the option of appealing this ruling to the Supreme Court, and we will keep you updated on any developments. Read more here.


Hill Climb is Jan. 28!

We are Washington hospitality and Hill Climb is our time to showcase what we in the industry already know – we care about our people, we are an industry of opportunity, and we strengthen communities. This year our legislative agenda focuses on workforce development, affordable housing and more. Register today and reserve your spot for the Washington Hospitality Association’s day at the capitol and Taste Our Best industry celebration.


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Minimum Wage Increased on Jan. 1

As of Jan. 1, the statewide minimum wage is now $12. Seattle, SeaTac and Tacoma have adopted higher minimum wages, so please review our minimum wage resource guide for any questions about the new rates.


Legislative News: Are You on the List?

The 2019 legislative session begins Monday, Jan. 14. Are you on the list to receive important weekly legislative updates? These updates are your opportunity to stay current on what’s happening in Olympia. This is a budget year and a long, 105-day session. Please email Nicole Vukonich to join the list.


Food Safety Advisory Council to Hear Proposal to Reduce Single-use Gloves on Jan. 24

On Jan. 24, the Food Safety Advisory Council and the state Department of Health will hear and deliberate on our petition surrounding the allowance of minimal bare hand contact with ready-to-eat food. There will be an opportunity between 10:30-11 a.m. for the public to provide input on the reduction of single-use plastic gloves and increased allowance for minimal bare hand contact with ready-to-eat food. Will you attend and share your story?  To reserve your spot, please email Samantha Louderback by Monday, Jan. 21.


Paid Sick and Safe Leave Hours Carry Over to 2019

Washington’s Paid Sick and Safe Leave law, under Initiative 1433, began Jan. 1, 2018. If your employees have unused time they accrued during 2018, they must be allowed to carry over up to 40 hours. Click here to see the full Paid Sick and Safe Leave toolkit, including details about local paid sick leave regulations in Seattle, SeaTac and Tacoma.


Paid Family and Medical Leave Toolkit: 2019 is Here

Premium collections for Washington’s Paid Family and Medical Leave program began on Jan. 1. We’ve collected the resources you need to be prepared in our toolkit – including webinars, an employer checklist, sample pay stub language, infographics, how to set up QuickBooks and more. Don’t miss it.

Watch this video for more details about Paid Family and Medical Leave.


Seattle: Short-term Rental Ordinance Now in Effect

Seattle’s short-term rental ordinance was approved by the City Council a little more than a year ago and went into effect Jan. 1. A big win for the Seattle Hotel Association, the ordinance limits the number of units any given operator may have and establishes safety, insurance and licensing requirements for short-term rentals. Read more about the ordinance here.


Seattle: Evening of Hope Coming Feb. 2

The Seattle Hotel Association will present its 22nd Annual Evening of Hope Gala, Feb. 2, at the Fairmount Olympic Hotel, 411 University St., Seattle. This year, the event will raise funds for StolenYouth, a Seattle-based nonprofit dedicated to ending sex trafficking in Washington and empowering those who have been affected by it. Tickets are $375 and are available here. For more information, click here.