Weekly Update: Comment on Tips/Gratuities/Service Charges Draft Policy

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Tips/Gratuities/Service Charges: Comment Now on Draft Policy

After passage of Initiative 1433, the state Department of Labor & Industries committed to developing administrative policies to provide additional guidelines for interpretation of the rules on tips, gratuities and service charges. The draft administrative policies for tips, gratuities and service charges is now available for public comment and if adopted as written, it would represent a major win for our industry. The draft policies align with our current industry guidelines and are consistent with federal rules that allow tip pooling. The Washington Hospitality Association is supportive of the draft policy as written and we encourage you to provide your feedback to the department. The draft policies will be open for comment until Sept. 17, 2018.


National Restaurant Association Floats Kids’ Beverage Program Idea

The National Restaurant Association is considering signing on to a voluntary program it has negotiated with the American Beverage Association and health groups. Nationwide, there are 17 pieces of legislation with the shared goal of removing sweetened beverages from kids meals. This proposed voluntary agreement would include water, sparkling water, milk (nonfat & 1 percent) and 100 percent juice as default beverages on kids menus. Questions? Email Samantha Louderback.


Hotel Win in Spokane: Lime Bikes are Coming Downtown

This fall, you may see bright green bikes and electric scooters around the downtown area of Spokane. Mayor David Condon announced a two-month pilot program for Lime Bikes starting Sept. 4. The city hopes this bikeshare program will be an alternative to driving—traditional bikes are $1 per half hour and electric bikes and scooters are $1 to unlock and 15 cents a minute after that. For hotels downtown, these bikes are fun for their guests and can also free up parking in the downtown core.

For more information, visit the city’s website.


Attention Golf Lovers!

This summer, Seattle-area hoteliers and restaurateurs have two opportunities to golf for great causes!

The Washington Hospitality Association Education Foundation will present its annual Golf FORE Education, a fundraiser for ProStart, a culinary and management program for high school students.

  • When: Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018
  • Where: Washington National Golf Course, 14330 SE Husky Way, Auburn, WA
  • Cost: $175 per single golfer, $700 per foursome

Sponsorships are available.

For more information, visit the Golf FORE Education website.

The Seattle Hotel Association will hold its annual golf tournament and fundraiser for the Chief Sealth International High School of Academy & Tourism, in association with Seattle Academies Foundation.

  • When: Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018
  • Where: The Golf Club at Newcastle, 15500 Six Penny Ln., Newcastle, WA
  • Cost: $400 per twosome, $800 per foursome

The driving range and registration open at 10 a.m. The shotgun start is at noon.

Registration is open now: click here!

For more information or sponsorship inquiries, email Chris Tudor at chris@tudorholdingsllc.com.


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