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Primary election 2019: Which of our endorsed candidates made it through?

Tuesday was the primary election in Washington—check out which endorsed or recommended candidates will likely make it through the primaries in Seattle, Tacoma and Spokane here.

The general election will be Nov. 5.

New program: Flexible spending accounts save you money, improve retention

In less than 15 minutes, you can connect Alice to your payroll system and save your employees money on health care and child care purchases with a Flexible Spending Account (FSA). Click here to learn more about how Alice can create meaningful savings for both your business and your employees.

Help LCB Enforcement and Education improve

Offer your feedback to the Liquor and Cannabis Board’s (LCB) Enforcement and Education division by clicking the link and taking a short survey about how you think the LCB is doing. Feedback from you and other respondents may lead to improvements in LCB Enforcement Services. The survey will be available until Aug. 15.

To take the survey, please click here.

Feeling parched? 

We’ve got you covered! Register for our golf tournament on Aug. 27 and stop by hole #7 for a refreshing Moscow Mule. Do Tuesdays get much better than that? Treat your future self at golf.wahospitality.org.

Tri-Cities and Spokane: The first stops for the Government Affairs regional meetings

Do you want to build relationships with your local legislators, tell your story and talk about topics important to the hospitality industry like restrictive scheduling and the cost of doing business? If you do, regional meetings are right for you! Click here for the complete list of meeting dates and times.

How will an overtime salary threshold of nearly $80,000 impact your business?

It’s now time to tell the Department of Labor and Industries how a salary threshold of nearly $80,000 by 2026 will impact your management and those who want to break in to management. We encourage you to personalize your comments as much as possible.

I’ll send comments to L&I about overtime

I need to learn more before I send in comments

Are your hiring practices in compliance with the law?

Updates made to the state’s Equal Pay and Opportunities Act, which took effect July 28, bar employers from requesting a job applicant’s wage or salary history except under certain circumstances. Click here to read more.

Panic buttons and the law: How some must comply by 2020

Troy Alstead, founder, president and CEO of Ocean5 knows sustainability in restaurants. Join Alstead at the Hospitality Convention in November to tackle how sustainability can improve your bottom line.Register today to learn best practices, the impact your business may have and how to reduce your carbon footprint.

Webinar: Digital accessibility and the ADA

Learn the ins and outs of ADA compliance and digital accessibility in a DigiPro Media webinar at 11 a.m. on Aug. 20. Register here. Interested in having a free ADA compliance scan of your current website? Click here to learn more.


Upcoming ServSafe Manager classes

All classes are 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Everett: Aug. 26 at Food Services of America, Registration Deadline: Aug. 12

Fife: Sept. 11 at US Foods, Registration Deadline: Aug. 28

Kent: Aug. 20 at Sysco, Registration Deadline: Aug. 6

Kent: Sept. 16 at Food Services of America, Registration Deadline: Sept. 2

Seattle: Sept. 3 at Bargreen Ellingson, Registration Deadline: Aug. 20

Spokane (Post Falls): Aug. 22 at Sysco, Registration Deadline: Aug. 8

Register your employees!

Free Human Trafficking Prevention Training

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

Additional Training Available

First Aid & Bloodborne Pathogens

Sexual Harassment Prevention

Hotel & Lodging Certifications

Food Allergy

Mandatory Alcohol Server Training (MAST)


Yelp is ccrewing over restaurants by quietly replacing their phone numbers (Eater)

Conservation efforts help hotels form guest experiences (Hotel News Now)

Perkins and Marie Callender’s LLC close 29 locations and file for bankruptcy (USA Today)

Red Roof launches aggressive price-match guarantee to boost direct bookings (Skift)

Burger King owner dishes up profit beat as new products boost traffic(Reuters)

Developer reveals plans for part of former Yakima Mall site — and they include a hotel (Yakima Herald-Republic)

Restaurants, food makers find consumers are willing to pay higher prices (Wall Street Journal)

It’s all in the (fine) details for upscale hotels seeking to elevate guest experiences (Washington Post)

Delivery, evolving technology disrupt industry (National Restaurant Association)

Hotel minibars up their game with underwear, ties, chargers and even dog beer (USA Today)