Weekly Update — Cost-free tech streamlining, Seattle safety, teen labor laws

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[HUB] Streamlining solutions with cost-free technology

Adopting new technology and streamlining your restaurant can be a daunting task — but it isn’t always a bank-breaker. Learn about some free-to-use solutions that you can employ in your business right away and start embracing this rising trend in dining. Click here and read on.

Seattle shootings spark angry public testimony

Last week’s mass shooting in downtown Seattle has dominated the headlines and prompted many to call for solutions to public safety. Seattle Restaurant Alliance members expressed concern about the safety of their employees and guests and urged the Seattle City Council and all elected leaders to continue to work toward solutions. Seattle deserves accountability and results to address public safety challenges.

Do you hire high school students?

The Education Foundation is hosting a career fair at the ProStart Invitational. If you hire students, we want you there! There is no cost to have a table. We’ll provide the table and chairs – you just need to bring your staff and materials. Job- ready ProStart students will be in attendance, along with their parents, workforce agencies and other students who are interested hospitality. Register here.

Are you up to date with the rules regarding teenage employees?

Are you aware that L&I-required teen workers’ parent/school authorization forms expire each year? Or that teenagers are prohibited from working past 10 p.m. on school nights? Protect yourself with all the up-to-date regulatory knowledge, conveniently found in our HERO manual.

Take part in minimum wage impact survey

Washington State University is conducting an anonymous survey on the impact of recent minimum wage increases on profitability and employment levels in Washington restaurants. There are conflicting reports on how the minimum wage increases have impacted Washington restaurants, and we need your input so that we can better inform the industry and government about those impacts. This survey is for restaurants.

Is bulk pricing available for Sexual Harassment Prevention Training?

Yes, the Education Foundation does offer bulk pricing for sexual harassment prevention training. Training is provided through ServSafe Workplace and the American Hotel and Lodging Education Institute. These programs meet all requirements of the Isolated Workers’ Safety law. Email training@wahospitality.org to learn more.


Upcoming ServSafe Manager Classes

All classes are 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

Everett: May 20 at US Foods Everett
Registration Deadline: May 6

Fife: March 4 at US Foods
Registration Deadline: Feb. 19

Kent: Feb. 18 at Kent Commons (Mill Creek room)
Registration Deadline: Feb. 4

Spokane: Mar. 26 at US Foods
Registration Deadline: March 12

Seattle: March 3 at Bargreen Ellingson
Registration Deadline: Feb. 18

Tacoma: March 19 at Bargreen Ellingson
Registration Deadline: Feb. 19

Register your employees

Additional Training Available

MAST Permit
Food Allergies
Hotel & Lodging Certifications
Restaurant Certifications


What IHOb and Mr. Peanut’s death can teach you about an iconic brand flex (Adweek)

Olive Garden, Applebee’s cut through TV ad clutter (Restaurant Business)

Veggie Grill blends technology, efficiency and hospitality in NYC (Nation’s Restaurant News)

This smoky yogurt sauce is my new favorite all-purpose spread (Epicurious)

Seafood rides the flexitarian wave in fast food (QSR)

The Sichuan hot pot takeover has begun (Los Angeles Times)