Weekly Update: Federal Department of Labor issued its final overtime rule Sept. 24.

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Federal Department of Labor issued its final overtime rule Sept. 24.
Reminder: Washington state overtime law supersedes this federal law. Washington state has proposed a salary threshold of nearly $80,000 by 2026.

According to the National Restaurant Association, the Department of Labor’s new rule revises the test that determines whether an employee is exempt from earning overtime wages. The new rule sets the federal salary threshold at $35,568 per year, allows employers to use bonuses and incentives to satisfy up to 10 percent on an annual basis and is effective Jan. 1, 2020. Click here to learn about the federal law.

Seattle Mayor Proposes Tax Hike on Uber, Lyft and Other Companies
Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan is proposing to further tax Uber and Lyft rides in the city. The 51-cent tax would raise revenue for workforce housing and close the funding gap for the city’s streetcar. Transportation Network Companies like Uber and Lyft already pay a Seattle tax of 24-cents per ride fee to fund wheelchair accessible taxis and regulation of the industry. The mayor is also proposing a minimum pay rate for Uber and Lyft drivers in addition to compensation for benefits and expenses, to go into effect on July 1, 2020. To read more, click here.

Tonight in Tacoma: John Hines campaign kickoff
John Hines, an endorsed candidate for Tacoma City Council, is having a general campaign kickoff event. Join us – it will be a great opportunity for you to meet him! 5:30-7:30 p.m., Sept. 26, Peaks & Pints, 3816 N. 26th St., Tacoma. Click here to learn more about him.

2-Minute News: Members get a free 30-minute expert consult
Watch the video here.

Member Spotlight: A hospitality business fueled by a passion for community service … and beer
A native of Shelton, Wash., and a realtor since 1976, Scott Barnard fulfilled a longstanding desire to bring craft beer to his hometown when he opened the Railroad Tap Station in the heart of Shelton’s historic downtown in October 2018. Read more.

Launching Monday – Hospitality Industry Survival Strategies
The Washington state minimum wage is going up $1.50 on Jan. 1, 2020. When added to all the other new regulations over the last few years, labor costs are forcing changes in the industry. The association is launching its first-ever, members-only online HUB filled with videos, articles, podcasts and more teaching you how to increase revenues and cut costs to stay afloat.

Click here to get your login and a members-only perk.

Leaning in: Women Who Lead workshop focuses on empowerment,overcoming challenges
Join industry leaders for the interactive round table breakout session, Women Who Lead, at the Hospitality Convention Nov. 3-5. The breakout session will include discussion on key issues like diversity, overcoming challenges and building a network of support and inclusion. Click here to learn more and register for the Hospitality Convention.

Restaurants that give back recognized in a big way
The National Restaurant Association Education Foundation is collecting applications for its annual awards. The awards recognize restaurants’ commitment to their communities with the Restaurant Neighbor Award, the Faces of Diversity Award and the Ambassador of Hospitality Award.

The deadline for submissions is Oct. 7.

Click here for more information and to submit a nomination.

How you can prepare for 2020: Panic buttons and the law
Do you have questions about the panic button law that will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2020? We’ve got you and have put together one place for you to go to help answer your questions.

Please visit our website for more information.

Statewide minimum wage increases Jan. 1
The statewide minimum wage will increase $1.50 on Jan. 1, 2020, to $13.50 per hour. This increase is the final phase-in of Initiative 1433 that was passed by the voters in 2016. Local minimum wages will increase in areas that have a higher minimum wage. Those new rates have not yet been announced.

Looking for solutions to balance labor costs? Look here.

Webinar: Protect yourself from IRS-issued 226-J letters
According to the National Restaurant Association, if you received a letter entitled 226-J from the Internal Revenue Service, don’t ignore it. Form 226-J is issued for alleged noncompliance with the Affordable Care Act. Find out what you need to know about these letters in a one-hour webinar hosted by the Restaurant Law Center at 12:30 p.m. PDT on Oct. 10. Register here.

Engage high school students in the hospitality industry
Cheese-making, management, culinary, menu costing, sustainability – these are just a small example of what you can teach ProStart students as a mentor. The mentor-student relationship has been described by mentors as their most rewarding experience to date.

Email Kelsi Mayther and become a ProStart mentor today.

5K race benefiting training and career pathways, Oct. 5
The Pacific Northwest chapter of Foodservice Consultants Society International (FCSI) is hosting a 5K race in Monroe, Wash. Proceeds benefit Hopeworks, an organization helping families gain skills and training for in-demand jobs. The race will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the Evergreen Speedway. Register here.

National Food Safety Month: The elements of a food safety management system
ServSafe and the National Restaurant Association have compiled a four-step process on how to control risk with a food safety management system.

• Understand the process
• Provide input
• Refine the process
• Maintain your commitment

Activities, posters and infographics are available for download here.

Upcoming ServSafe Manager Classes
All classes are 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

Kent: Oct 15 at Sysco
Registration Deadline: Oct.1

Centralia: Oct. 23 at Providence Hospital
Registration Deadline: Oct. 9

Spokane (Post Falls): Oct. 24 at Sysco
Registration Deadline: Oct. 10

Everett: Oct. 28 at Food Services of America
Registration Deadline: Oct. 14

Seattle (SODO): Nov. 5 at Bargreen Ellingson
Registration Deadline: Oct. 22

Tacoma: Nov. 12 at Bargreen Ellingson
Registration Deadline: Oct. 29

Register here.

Industry Roundup
Jimmy John’s Acquisition Illustrates An Era Of Restaurant Consolidation (Forbes)
Firefighters called to rescue cat from wall of Columbus hotel bathroom (13 WTHR)
Local city awarded ‘Nicest Place in Alabama’ thanks to donation only restaurant (3WEARTV)
Working like a dog: Norton pup lands hotel-reviewing gig (Boston25NEWS)
The Welcome Crew (425 Business Magazine)
A hospitality business fueled by a passion for community service … and beer (Washington Hospitality Association)
Barron Hilton, Hotel Magnate and Founding A.F.L. Owner, Dies at 91 (The New York Times)
Chick-fil-A files building permits for restaurant in North Spokane (The Spokesman-Review)