Lodging members: Was your hotel impacted by the eviction moratorium?
During the early stages of the pandemic, state officials enacted an emergency eviction moratorium that forced many hotel operators to house unpaying guests.
As part of our 2022 legislative session agenda, the Washington Hospitality Association’s government affairs team will be working with lawmakers on financial relief options associated with the eviction moratorium for hotel operators.
Please take this short survey to let us know about your experience, even if your property or hotel group was not impacted. Take the survey.
State of the supply chain part two: What can you do?
As the end of 2021 draws near, uncertainty in the supply chain and labor markets remain. To provide some clarity, we asked distributors to share their experience and offer advice for operators hoping to weather the storm. You can now read the full two-part story here.
Federal vaccine mandate questions? Get answers here
Association members have access to this extensive webinar from the National Restaurant Association that offers explanations and answers questions about the federal vaccine mandate and OSHA Vaccine Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS). Access it on the members-only hub here.
Update on federal vaccine and testing requirements
Not long after details were released about President Biden’s employer vaccine and testing mandates, several lawsuits were filed and a federal court issued a temporary stay, which halted the rules from taking effect for now. This issue will likely be ligated in court for several weeks. We’ll keep you updated as new developments emerge.
In the meantime, while the outcome is still uncertain, employers should prepare now as if these new rules will eventually go into effect. Click here for an analysis from the National Restaurant Association on how the new vaccine and testing requirements will impact hospitality businesses.
[WEBINAR] De-escalation strategies
The Seattle Chamber of Commerce is hosting a webinar that will feature specific strategies and information on de-escalation techniques. Topics will include self-regulation during particularly challenging situations and verbal de-escalation methods that are anchored in best practices. Register here.
[CEO Podcast] The vaccine mandate: What’s up and what’s next?
Join Washington Hospitality Association President & CEO Anthony Anton as he discusses the latest about the federal vaccine requirements and what is coming next. Bring your questions at 10 a.m. Dec. 1. Register here.
Tip pooling FAQs and answers from Catharine Morisset
Q: Aren’t tips, tip pools, service charges, and surcharges all different things?
A: Yes and no. Each has its own legal rules and risks, but there is crossover. A mandatory tip out is a tip pool. A surcharge may qualify as a service charge. Failing to understand and properly account for the differences can be costly. Find out why this is important and learn about other tip pooling best practices here.
The Northwest Hospitality Leadership Podcast—listen now!
Anthony Anton discusses the book, “The Ideal Team Player: How to recognize and cultivate the three essential virtues,” with other hospitality professionals in this first installment of the Northwest Hospitality Leadership Podcast.
Ask a Lawyer: What new federal vaccine requirements mean for you
The Biden Administration announced mandates for companies with 100 or more employees to require vaccines or weekly tests by Jan. 4. Employment lawyer Catharine Morisset will discuss what this means for you at 10 a.m. Nov. 24. Bring your questions. Register here.
In case you missed it
- [Toolkit] What you need to know about the single-use plastic bag ban
- [Toolkit] Updates to the Paid Family Medical Leave program
- Masks, vaccines & welcome back signs
- [Toolkit] Hospitality tech toolkit
- Renting out your kitchen space can be a big moneymaker
- Current guidance and requirements
- Here’s what King County business owners are saying about the vaccine verification order (Puget Sound Business Journal)
- Lawsuit filed against Washington’s long-term care program, WA Cares Fund (Seattle Times)
- Washington state to receive $10.7 million from federal tourism recovery grant (Puget Sound Business Journal)
- A new way to look at restaurant real estate (Nation’s Restaurant News)
- Congress passed its infrastructure bill. It ends this lucrative small business tax credit (Puget Sound Business Journal)