Weekly Update: DOL Raises Overtime Exemption Threshold to $47,476 a Year

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Yesterday, Vice President Joe Biden, Department of Labor (DOL) Secretary Tom Perez and Sen. Sherrod Brown (R-Ohio) announced the release of the final rule amending federal overtime pay requirements under the Fair Labor Standards Act. Employers have been bracing for the new rule, which dramatically increases the number of salaried employees eligible for overtime pay.

Since March 2014, both the National Restaurant Association (NRA) and American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) have been raising concerns about impacts to the industry from rule changes. Read more here… 

Free Webinars on the Overtime Rule

The National Restaurant Association will hold a free informational webinar for members on Thursday, May 26, 12:00 p.m PST. It will be hosted by attorneys Angelo Amador, Senior Vice President and regulatory counsel at the NRA, and Alex Passantino, partner at Seyfarth Shaw and former Acting Administrator of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division. Click here to register.

American Hotel & Lodging Association members are invited to participate in a webinar with AH&LA and the Labor and Employment Law firm of Morgan, Lewis and Bockius. The webinar will provide details on key elements of the new overtime regulations, the compliance timeline, implementation steps that hotels must take and key challenges the hospitality industry must address moving forward. It takes place on Thursday, June 2 at 11 a.m. PST, and members can register here.

Radisson Hotel Seattle Airport is AH&LA Property of the Year

Congratulations to the WLA member Radisson Hotel Seattle Airport on being selected by the American Hotel & Lodging Association as its Outstanding Property of the Year, Small Property.  General Manager Sanjay Mahajan received the award on May 18 in Washington DC at the AH&LA Stars of the Industry Awards Reception.

In announcing the selection of the hotel for this distinguished award, AH&LA noted that “The Radisson Hotel Seattle Airport has gone above and beyond the definition of hospitality to serve their guests every day. The team truly has immersed themselves in the spirit of service and community.” Read More…

WRA Member, Mill Creek Pub, Honored Nationally

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce announced their 2016 DREAM BIG Award Winners. Among them was WRA member Mill Creek Pub from Battle Ground, Washington. Winners were selected from a record number of applicants from across the country and were judged on: strategic planning, employee development, customer service, and community involvement. Mill Creek Pub was one out of only 100 nationwide! Owner Russell Brent has been a huge contributor to the Battle Ground community and is a previous WRA Restaurant Neighbor award winner. Congratulations to Mill Creek Pub and Russell Brent, and thank you for all you do to give back to people, careers and community. Read more about this award and other Chamber awards at: https://www.uschamber.com/americas-small-business-summit-2016/dream-big-award

Mark your calendars: WRA Spokane Chapter Golf Tournament, June 7

Attention Spokane members: The annual WRA Spokane Chapter Golf Tournament is only a few weeks away on June 7. This great event will be held at the Wandemere Golf Course. Afternoon Shotgun starts at 1 p.m. Registration opens at 11 am. $105 per person. Register here for players and sponsorships. Questions? Contact Robyn@RedLetterEventPlanning.com or 208.244.0601.

State of the Industry Forum, June 8 – Don’t miss it!

The State of the Industry Forum is only a few weeks away. Plan now to attend because you won’t want to miss it. We’ll update our members on challenges facing our industry and give you an in-depth view of this year’s election environment and issues like restrictive scheduling and tip pooling. The State of the Industry Forum will provide the latest information on the current challenges facing Washington’s hospitality industry, helping you better understand and meet challenges facing your own business. Additionally, there will be great opportunities for networking, door prizes, good fun and an excellent breakfast courtesy of our partners at FareStart. This State of the Industry Forum will be on June 8, 7:30 a.m.-noon at the Goodwill Job Training & Education Center, 700 Dearborn Place South, Seattle.

DineNW radio show – Listen online!

This week Andy Cook, Lex Nepomuceno and David Faro are joined by new addition to the team – Jillian Henze, Local Communications Manager. Listen in as Jillian speaks about local legislation and its effect on the hospitality industry. With ordinances on minimum wage, restrictive scheduling and paid leave passing at the local level; what your city council is up to may impact your business. Find out the latest by tuning-in! Listen here