Have You Commented on the Latest Draft of Overtime Rules?
With fewer than 10 days before the comment deadline, we need you to get your comments in to the Department of Labor & Industries on the proposed $56k-$70k salary threshold and answer questions about a phase in based on business size. Last time we called on our members to comment on the proposed overtime rules we had our largest response to-date (Thank you!). We need you to again comment on the proposed rules, which may again alter the business model in the hospitality industry. Your comments have the power to help shape these rules!
Last Opportunity: RSVP for the Government Affairs Committee Meeting Tues., Dec. 11
Are you interested in policies and rulemaking that will impact your business, your employees and your community? If so, please attend the Government Affairs Committee end-of-year meeting from 1:30 to 4 p.m. on Tues., Dec. 11 at the Hilton Seattle Airport and Conference Center. We will discuss the issue areas of the 2019 Legislative Session and finalize the Issues Matrix which will guide the team during the session. As a member-based organization we need to hear from you and need your voice. The Government Affairs Committee is open to every interested member. Join us!
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Commuter Benefit Subsidies Through WSDOT
If you are a small business in Washington with less than 100 employees and have never offered transit subsidies to your employees, the Washington State Department of Transportation will provide a 50 percent rebate on your investment in ORCA passes for a year, up to $10,000 per business on a first come, first served basis. To get your business enrolled, contact Nick Abel at Commute Seattle, email@example.com or 206.613.3233.
Seattle: Make Sure You Are Compliant in 2019
Make sure you are compliant with the 2019 rules and regulations, including giving employees written information about their job and pay. The Office of Labor Standards employer resource website has checklists and posters available. The office also has its 2019 employer checklists and workplace posters.
Seattle: Tips for Upcoming Seattle Squeeze
It’s time to plan ahead and prepare for lots of congestion and detours. The Alaskan Way Viaduct is scheduled for demolition on Jan. 11, 2019, and the city has put together a toolkit of ideas to help your employees get to work and avoid gridlock traffic.
Two Minute Video: What You Need to Know
- Volunteering puts Arby’s Jerry Pederson in the Christmas spirit (Spokesman-Review)
- Pizza Hut commits to digital with QuikOrder purchase (Chicago Sun-Times)
- Mexican, Asian, Middle Eastern flavors to watch in 2019 (SmartBrief)
- Accor uses digital technology to deliver personal touch (Travel Weekly)
- How blockchain tech might interact with hotels (Hotel News Now)
- Three Technology Investments Hoteliers Should Consider for 2019 (Lodging)
- Full-Service Luxury Hotels Are Outperforming the Rest of the Hotel Sector. So Why Are Developers Not Building More of Them? (National Real Estate Investor)
- Sustainable Substitutes: Hospitality Is Phasing Out Single-Use Plastics (Lodging)
- The Next Big Thing is a Big Platter of Meat (Plate)
- How restaurants are reshaping their menus (SmartBrief)