Leverage FREE hiring solutions to staff up for high season

Hospitality Month is celebrating careers in hospitality – changing the perception of our industry — and providing cost-saving hiring solutions for members. Through a one-of-a-kind partnership between the National Association of State Workforce Agencies and LinkedIn, all the jobs you post for FREE directly on WorkSourceWA.com are also posted on LinkedIn. This LinkedIn connection gives businesses an expanded number of local job seekers viewing available jobs and many more job seekers with various levels of experience interested in career positions. Learn more here.

Hospitality Month hiring events are dedicated to your quest to find qualified candidates for your business. Here are a couple of opportunities coming up:

Yakima County: 1-4 p.m., May 29, 1205 Ahtanum Ridge Dr., Union Gap

Email or call Heather Collins at 509-574-0182 to get a spot.

Mason County: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., May 31, Transit-Community Center

Email or call Pam Volz at 360-462-6226 to get a spot.

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National Restaurant Association president and CEO to depart

President and CEO Dawn Sweeney announced last week she will step down when her current contract ends at the end of 2019, according to the National Restaurant Association. Until then, she will continue to lead the association and foundation, gain board approval for the 2020-24 strategic plan and assist board leadership in the search for a new CEO.

Two Minute Video: Legislative session adjourns, Hospitality Convention

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Spokane Chapter Golf: Space is limited!

There are only about 10 teams left—register today! Each golfer will get a swag bag, free lunch from FSA and so much more. This year’s tournament will be June 11 at Downriver Golf Course, 3225 N. Columbia Circle, Spokane. Check-in is at 11:30 a.m. and the shotgun start is at 1 p.m. Register here or become a sponsor for this event here. Proceeds benefit local ProStart programs, Feed Spokane and the Inland Northwest Culinary Academy.

Celebrate legislative session wins, June 25

The annual June Government Affairs Committee meeting is from 1:30 to 4 p.m. on June 25 at the Double Tree by Hilton Southcenter. During this meeting members will receive a recap of the 2019 Legislative Session, an update on local elections processes and an update on the Government Affairs Department three-year planning. This meeting is open for all members. Please RSVP to Katie Doyle. We will see you there!

Golf FORE! Education open for registration

Register now.


FYI: Connecticut passes $15 minimum wage

Connecticut is the latest state to pass and phase in a $15 minimum wage by 2023. This news continues a national trend as more states debate and consider a $15 statewide minimum wage. To see what current minimum wage rates are across the country click here.

Member Spotlight: Hampton Inn & Suites Portland/Vancouver – Caring for guests, caring for the world

The Hampton Inn & Suites Portland/Vancouver runs an environmentally sustainable operation. It’s a strong advocate for the hospitality industry. And it’s loved by its guests. General Manager Steve Bowers, who is also an ambassador for the Washington Hospitality Association, is proud of his hotel and the high ratings it consistently gets from its guests. Read more here.

What do you think? Music licensing

The National Restaurant Association said it has partnered with American Beverage Licensees and WineAmerica to conduct a national music licensing survey to learn more about the industry’s experience with Performing Rights Organizations such as ASCAP, BMI, GMR and SESAC. Member feedback will be collected through May 31 and will be used to inform and educate senior lawmakers in Congress who may act in the near-future to reform the music-licensing system, according to the National Restaurant Association.

New member resources: Flyers on Pregnancy Accommodation and the Fair Chance Act now available

The Washington Attorney General’s Office has two flyers available for business owners.

The Washington Fair Chance Act protects job applicants with a criminal record so they may fairly compete for job opportunities for which they are otherwise qualified.

Pregnancy Accommodation laws provide specific civil rights protections for pregnant employees. Find out about the rights of employers and employees.

Fair Chance Act flyer

Pregnancy Accomodation flyer


New professional certifications for food service: ServSuccess

The National Restaurant Association launched ServSuccess, a suite of professional certifications for those already working in restaurants. Courses included basic business operations, leadership and communication, cost control fundamentals, back-of-the-house production and more. All training is online and learning units can be completed in 10-20 minutes. Learn more about these certifications here.

Hotels: You have a suite of hotel certifications from the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute. Find out what you can get here.

Free human trafficking prevention training for association members

This training is the most comprehensive human trafficking prevention training available to the hospitality industry.

Use these codes to get your free training at the BEST website.

Individual Staff Training Course (English):  WAHospitality-staff

Individual Staff Training Course (Spanish): WAHospitality-span

Individual Manager Training Course and Group Training Course (English or Spanish):  WAHospitality

ServSafe Manager

June 11, at Bargreen Ellingson, Tacoma, Registration Deadline: May 28

June 12, at US Foods, Fife, Registration Deadline: May 29

June 18, at Sysco, Kent, Registration Deadline: June 4

June 24, at Food Services of America, Everett, Registration Deadline: June 10

July 25, at Food Services of America, Spokane

Registration Deadline: July 11


irst Aid & Bloodborne Pathogens

Sexual Harassment Prevention

Hotel & Lodging Certifications

Food Allergy

Mandatory Alcohol Server Training (MAST)


Uber Eats is facing a price war — just like Uber (Vox)

Hilton and Lyft launch loyalty partnership (Skift)

Little Caesars is testing out an Impossible pizza (CNN)

Airbnb’s Impact on the Hotel Industry: Insights From 1000 Travelers Who Use Both (Clever)

The future of restaurants? Brace for competition (Restaurant Business)

Hoteliers foresee continued success with select service (Hotel News Now)

Investing in underutilized talent pools can strengthen the restaurant workforce (SmartBrief)

Marriott takes on challenge of remaking Sheraton brand (New York Times)

Keeping up with the escalating standards in luxury hospitality (Skift)