Weekly Update: Department of Labor Reinforces Tip Pooling Change

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Department of Labor Reinforces Tip Pooling Change

The Department of Labor issued a brief on April 6 reinforcing that Washington restaurants can now tip pool with heart-of-the-house team members like cooks and dishwashers. Reminder: A federal spending bill passed March 23 abolished a 2011 rule that prohibited tip pooling in all circumstances with non-customarily tipped employees. Now, employers are once again allowed the opportunity to expand tip pools and share the tips among a broader range of employees in states where tips are not recognized as wages. Visit wahospitality.org/tip-pooling/ for the latest information.


Hospitality Summits a Big Success: Register Now for Bellingham and Tacoma Summits

It’s spring and it’s time for Washington Hospitality Summits! So far, in 2018, we’ve had two Hospitality Summits – in Bellevue and Seattle. The Seattle Summit was held on Monday, April 9, with 210 people in attendance and more than 50 vendors. And best of all, there are still two more Hospitality Summits for you to attend – in Bellingham (May 8) and Tacoma (May 14). Visit the landing pages for each summit by starting at www.hospitalitysummit.org. The summits are where hospitality minds meet, discuss and identify ideas that move the industry forward. Don’t miss out on these great events. Read more…


L&I Rulemaking Begins on Salary Threshold for Overtime Exempt Employees

This week the state Department of Labor & Industries held its first stakeholder meeting to begin rulemaking on the salary threshold for executive, administrative and professional exemptions from the Minimum Wage Act. This is important because like the federal government, Washington state has specific exemptions from the definition of “employee” for the purposes of the Minimum Wage Act that exempts specific types of employees from the overtime requirements and the new paid sick and safe leave law. The salary threshold requirement is set by administrative rule by L&I, which indicated it will initiate rulemaking to change the exemption standards and has announced it intends to update the rule to be more consistent with current workforce demands. Read more…


Spokane Valley Needs New Member for Hotel/Motel Commission: Apply by May 1

The City of Spokane Valley is looking for a new member of the Hotel/Motel (Tourism Promotion Area-TPA) Commission. Applicants must be operators or employees of a lodging business within Spokane, and those working at locations in Spokane Valley are preferred. They must have knowledge and experience in tourism and a vision for attracting conventions and visitors to Spokane Valley. The Spokane Valley City Council will review a list of qualified applicants for consideration for this three-year term position, beginning June 1, 2018. Contact Toni Hansen, executive director of the Spokane Hotel/Motel Association, to apply, 509.869.0619, or email thansenSHMA@msn.com. Applications are due by May 1.


Sound Transit Seeks Public Input on Light Rail Expansion to Tacoma

Sound Transit is asking for feedback from the public regarding its Tacoma Dome light rail extension project. The extension is part of the voter-approved system expansion and will extend the regional light rail nearly 10 miles from the Federal Way Transit Center to the Tacoma Dome Station area, according to the Sound Transit website. The extended light rail system will allow customers to easily reach more areas that were not previously connected and will also expand the customer base for businesses that are already connected.

There are three meetings scheduled for public comment.

  • Federal Way – 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, at Todd Beamer High School, 35999 16th Ave. S
  • Tacoma – 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, at Best Western Plus Tacoma Dome Hotel, 2611 E. E St
  • Fife – 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, at Fife Community Center, 2111 54th Ave. E

If you are unable to attend one of the meetings, you can provide feedback online on the Sound Transit Tacoma Dome Link Extension page.


Washington Hospitality Magazine’s April Issue Now Online

Washington Hospitality Magazine’s April issue is out. Among many items of interest, this issue includes a major article on what hospitality businesses are doing to get ready for the high season of summer. It should have reached you by now, and you can also view it online.



Training for Winners and Uber Eats on This Week’s DineNW Radio Show – Listen Online!

Don’t miss this week’s DineNW radio show, now online. Co-hosts Andy Cook and Paul Schlienz interview Gary Hernbroth, chief motivating officer at Training for Winners. Andy and Paul then chat with David Rutenberg, general manager of Uber Eats, in Seattle.



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