Eviction moratorium ends for lodging operators 

Gov. Jay Inslee has ended the eviction moratorium for lodging operators. Starting today, lodging operators may begin the process to remove guests who have not paid for their accommodations if the guest was residing in the hotel or motel for more than 30 days after March 1, 2020.

Click here for more information. Be sure to review the PDF documents linked below to help you stay in compliance with new legal requirements.

We have the resources to help you through the labor shortage

Read the latest article about innovating around the labor shortage here.

You can access our new list of job boards and industry resources here and if you haven’t already taken advantage of ESD’s SharedWork program, learn more about it here.

Our growing knowledgebase has new material that helps hospitality businesses navigate the labor shortage.

Click here to read more.

Updated coronavirus restrictions and allowances 

With the state fully reopening this week, most businesses are allowed to return to normal operations. A few restrictions remain in place, however.

Click on the links below for the latest information about indoor/outdoor setting restrictions, employer requirements and guidance from Labor & Industries, and upcoming expiration dates for Liquor & Cannabis Board temporary allowances.

[CEO Podcast] Learn the latest in hospitality from Anthony Anton 

Now that the state is fully reopened, Washington Hospitality Association President and CEO Anthony Anton will discuss the latest in hospitality news in this podcast at 10 a.m. July 7. Click here to register.

New SmartWA Decision Support Tool 

The Washington State Department of Commerce recently unveiled a new online tool for small business owners. The SmartWA Business Decision Support Tool is designed to increase the number of customer visits by helping small business owners with coronavirus safety decisions. Simply input your decisions (such as mask and vaccination policies) and the tool will show you the potential for an increase or a decrease in customers.

What happens to your sales when you go offline?

Without an alternative, your ability to accept payments could grind to a halt, resulting in lost sales or poor customer experiences. But it doesn’t have to be that way. There are options to enable you to accept payments when a network connection or gateway is inaccessible. Understanding the ins and outs can help safeguard sales and reduce the risk that transactions you accept will be voided or declined. Read more here.

Cybercrime: Only 14% of small businesses are prepared 

According to Accenture’s Cost of Cybercrime study, cybercrime targets 43% of small and medium businesses and only 14% are ready to defend themselves. Cyber criminals know this and are purposely going after these businesses, expecting to catch them unaware. Add cyber liability insurance to your policy and stay vigilant. Get a quote here.

Don’t burn your brand: intellectual property for restaurants

Join a trademark attorney from the United States Patent and Trademark Office for an overview of trademarks, patents, copyrights and trade secrets in the foodservice industry. At 11 a.m. July 19, you’ll learn about each of these intellectual property rights and how to use them to protect what makes your restaurant special. The event is free, but space is limited, so register early. Click here to read more.

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