Weekly Update: Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 6

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Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 6

With less than a week before Election Day, there is still time to turn in your postage-paid ballot. Click here to find out about the Washington Hospitality Association endorsed candidates.


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.


Seattle City Council Approves Resolution on Bristol Bay Mine

The Seattle Restaurant Alliance praised the City Council for passing a resolution that urges the federal government to halt the permitting process of Pebble Mine, an open-pit, gold-and-copper mine that could potentially be the largest of its kind. This is a big win: The SRA joined the coalition, Businesses for Bristol Bay, a year ago and worked closely with Councilwoman Debora Juarez in crafting this resolution. The council unanimously passed the resolution that reinforces the value these waters have to Seattle’s community and its economy – both as a source of sustainable, wild seafood products in our city’s kitchens and as a sport-fishing destination for tourists that drive sales for Seattle’s outdoor recreation industry. Read more here.


AHLA Reports ASCAP Ending Hotel Music Licensing Agreements

Hotels are required to get licenses for music played in the common areas of a property. ASCAP, BMI, SESAC and GMR offer licenses. According to AHLA, ASCAP said it “believes it is time to update our license for the lodging industry” and has notified some properties that the license agreement will end on Dec. 31, 2018, and will not automatically renew. Read more here. Don’t forget about the additional protections operators have in Washington state that we helped secure in 2016.


Retirement Marketplace: What Speaks to You?

Help us help you by taking this one minute survey from the Department of Commerce.  The DOC will use this information to improve communications around retirement and workplace savings programs as part of a collaboration between the Washington Hospitality Association and the Washington State Department of Commerce. Tell us what you think!


New! Military Spouse Employment Partnership 

The National Restaurant Association Education Foundation now offers training and job placement opportunities connecting military spouses with more than 390 partner employers who have committed to recruit, hire, promote and retain military spouses in portable careers. Nationally, the restaurant industry currently employs 238,000 veterans. Learn more here.


Seattle Restaurant Alliance November Meeting

Our November meeting will be a review of the election results and  what those results mean for our industry. Chad Mackay of Fire & Vine Hospitality will also discuss the Third Door Coalition and its efforts to end chronic homelessness in Seattle.

  • When: 10-11:30 a.m., Nov. 7
  • Where:  Red Door, 3401 Evanston Ave N, Seattle

RSVP to Teddi McGuire.


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. We’ll have more information coming soon!

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

Email Teddi McGuire to RSVP.


National Restaurant Industry Awards Deadline Extended to Nov. 19

The restaurant industry is one of the most diverse industries in the country. It is also one of the most charitable industries in the United States. Currently, nine out of 10 restaurants are actively involved in charitable activities on a daily basis. To help celebrate these industry stars making a difference each and every day, the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation honors individuals with the annual Restaurant Neighbor Award, Faces of Diversity American Dream Award and Ambassador of Hospitality Award. Deadline to apply for these awards is Nov. 19. Apply online.



Two Minute Video: What You Need to Know

New Member Resource: Hospitality Employment Law Guides

The Washington Hospitality Association is pleased to provide two members-only Employment Law Guides tailored to Washington state and your business: one for restaurants and foodservice operations, and one for lodging operations. Access these guides by logging in to the member portal on the website. The Employment Law Guides have been prepared and compiled by Catharine Morisset of Fisher Phillips. These guides are intended to provide guidance and sample forms to management, legal counsel and human resources professionals involved in employment-related matters in the hospitality industry. Download them here.



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