Last Chance: Comments on Overtime Exemption, Salary Threshold Due Tomorrow

The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries has worked with stakeholders to update the “white collar” exemptions under the Minimum Wage Act for Executive, Administrative and Professional (EAP) staff, including overtime and updating the salary threshold.

What’s at stake: The current set of pre-draft rules proposes to tie the salary threshold to a range of 1.5-3 times the state minimum wage, which is $37,000-$75,000 annually. If a high salary threshold is adopted, this means that current salaried, early and middle management positions could be eligible for overtime. A change of this size could alter the hospitality business model. Make your voice heard and comment today. Comments to L&I are due tomorrow!

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City of SeaTac Announces 2019 Minimum Wage

The minimum wage in SeaTac will increase to $16.09 per hour on Jan. 1, 2019. This wage was calculated by the city of SeaTac using the consumer price index to adjust for inflation. For more information on SeaTac’s minimum wage, visit the city’s website.

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In areas outside of Tacoma, Seattle and SeaTac, the Washington state minimum wage is $12 per hour effective Jan. 1, 2019. Tacoma’s minimum wage is $12.35 per hour. Seattle’s minimum wage, based on the consumer price index to adjust for inflation is:

  • Large employers: $16 an hour, even those that contribute toward individual medical benefits
  • Small employers: At least $15 an hour
  • Small employers that contribute at least $3 per hour toward an employee’s medical benefits and/or tips: $12

For more information, visit our Minimum Wage Resource page.


Final Regional Meeting Nov. 13 at the Hospitality Convention

Don’t miss the final Government Affairs Regional Meeting covering the Puget Sound Region from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 13 at the Hyatt Regency Lake Washington at Seattle’s Southport. This session will include an informational presentation on the Paid Family & Medical Leave Act by Catharine Morisset from Fisher Phillips and Julia Gorton, director of State Government Affairs. Additionally, learn about the 2019 Legislative Issues Matrix and upcoming priorities. Register today.


Initiative 1634 will Keep Groceries Affordable

The Washington Hospitality Association has joined the fight to keep groceries affordable. We’re supportive of ballot measure I-1634 because neighborhood businesses, workers, farms, and families deserve protection from food and beverage taxes. Read the op-ed that two Washington Hospitality Association members wrote for the Spokesman-Review in support of Initiative 1634. If you would like a Yes! To Affordable Groceries yard sign, please contact Tom Gurr.


Spokane: Night in the Spotlight

Register for this year’s celebration of the industry, Night in the Spotlight, 6 to 9 p.m., Nov. 14 at Northern Quest Casino & Resort, 100 N. Hayford Rd., Airway Heights. The resort is offering a $139 room rate if you mention you are attending the event. Meet industry experts, play blackjack for ProStart, enjoy excellent food and drinks and raise the paddle for ProStart.

Get tickets here—members get a $15 discount. Vote for award winners here by the end of the day Friday.

For more information, visit the Spokane Hospitality website.


Seattle Hotel Association General Membership Meeting

Come check out the incredible new space at the Charter Hotel while we discuss local issues and projects. The Charter staff will also provide tours to attendees.

  • When: 4 to 6 p.m., Nov. 8
  • Where: Charter Hotel Seattle, 1610 2nd Ave., Seattle, WA 98101

Email Teddi McGuire to RSVP.


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