Weekly Update: Federal vaccine mandate on hold, again

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Supreme Court blocks Biden vaccine mandate

Court rules 6-3 on vaccine/testing mandate

In a 6-3 ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a stay for President Joe Biden’s vaccine/testing mandate.

While this issue is not completely settled in the federal court system just yet, the Supreme Court sent clear signals that indicate the end of the ETS is likely. Responding to this news during a press conference today, Governor Jay Inslee stated his office is not looking to adopt a similar state-level mandate at this time. Read more here.

Food code changes: Certified Food Protection Manager

Be sure to check out our Quick Bites video series where we highlight changes coming to the Washington State Food Code that go into effect March 1. Don’t forget to sign up for our Feb. 16 webinar where we’ll answer your questions.

Coming soon! The 2022 HERO

Our annual update to the HERO: The Handbook for Excellent Restaurant Operations will be on our members-only website soon. Make sure you know your password: email memberhub@wahospitality.org.

Sponsored by Harbor Foodservice.

Government Affairs Committee

The Government Affairs Committee holds weekly conference calls every Wednesday at 2 p.m. throughout the 60-day session.
Email Jordan Caron to join.

Seattle: Proposed streateries free permits extension

Councilmember Dan Strauss introduced legislation that extends free café street and outdoor dining permits through Jan. 31, 2023. The program enables restaurants and other retail storefronts to utilize streets outside of their businesses for outdoor dining and displays. The extension legislation is expected to be considered by the Transportation and Seattle Public Utilities Committee on Feb. 1 at 9:30 a.m.

Seattle eviction moratorium extension

Mayor Bruce Harrell announced that he will issue an executive order to extend Seattle’s residential eviction moratorium, and small business and non-profit commercial tenant eviction moratorium for an additional 30 days until Feb. 14.

Open enrollment closes Saturday, Jan. 15

Individual and family plans are available for hospitality employees with Hospitality Health. Licensed insurance agents will help them find the best plan for their situation. Share these flyers with your employees–click here for English and here for Spanish.
Remember, this deadline does not apply to employer-sponsored plans, those can be started at any time.

[Ask a Lawyer] What do I do when my employees have COVID?

Employment lawyer Catharine Morisset will answer your questions about what to do when one (or more) of your employees have COVID including:

If the employee requests to apply for Paid Sick Time, what do I owe the employee? The shift they missed or 5 days’ worth of time?

Join us at 10 a.m. Jan. 26. Bring your questions.

CEO Podcast: COVID update

Washington Hospitality Association President & CEO Anthony Anton will give an update about COVID, the impact of the omicron variant and what it means for the industry at 10 a.m. Feb. 2. Bring your questions. Brought to you by IBA.