Weekly Update: Golf FORE! Education – A Big Success

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Golf FORE! Education – A Big Success

Despite the rain, Tuesday’s Golf Fore Education event at the Washington National Golf Course had a great turnout from our hospitality community. With a sellout crowd of both golfers and sponsors, everyone had a great time and a very successful auction on behalf of ProStart. Thanks to all of our members and sponsors who participated.


Federal Overtime Regulations Overturned

After a district court overturned the recent overtime regulation in August and the Department of Labor (DOL) decided not to contest the ruling, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals made the final ruling last week by closing the pending case that first put a temporary hold on the rule last November. The rule could have significantly damaged both employers and employees. As the DOL begins drafting a new rule, the restaurant industry is putting together extensive comments to respond to the agency’s request for information, due by September 25. Questions? Interested in submitting comments? Contact Shannon Meade, director of labor and workforce policy at the National Restaurant Association.

Seattle Sweetened Beverage Tax May Add Some Flexibility, Exempt Coffee Drinks and Milkshakes

Last week, the City of Seattle released its draft rules on the new sweetened beverage tax that takes effect Jan. 1, 2018. A public hearing on the rules is Sept. 26. The city hopes to have final rules by early November. Key elements of the draft include:

  • More detail on syrup, which is calculated based on finished product. The tax is based on manufacturer’s instructions or industry practice where available. It would otherwise will be presumed that 1 ounce of syrup yields 12 ounces of finished product, unless the distributor can document otherwise.
  • The draft rules allow flexibility for a restaurant to attest to a distributor the use of the product, which can be used to establish the tax rate the distributor pays.
  • Syrups used in drinks where the primary ingredient is milk would be exempted with a declaration submitted to the distributor. This would exempt syrups that go into milk-based coffee drinks and milkshakes.
  • If a restaurant or retailer purchases sweetened beverages or syrups outside of Seattle city limits and sells them to consumers within city limits, the business is treated as a distributor and is liable for the tax.

Please send feedback or questions to Jillian Henze.


Discuss Key Issues Impacting Your Business with Your Local Lawmakers!

Each year, the Hospitality Association Government Affairs team holds series of meetings. One will be near you. Join us for an opportunity to learn about what issues are on the horizon and how you can help. We will invite your local lawmakers to hear from you on topics ranging from the local economy, tourism, and new regulations. Share feedback on our draft issues matrix and legislative plan! We are your voice in Olympia and we hope to hear from you! Here is the full agenda. Please RSVP to Zooie Arnold or call 360.956.7279. For a full list of all regional meeting locations click here.


Nominations for Stars of Washington Lodging Awards Due Sept. 29  

Hot of the Press! The deadline for Stars of Washington Lodging Awards has been extended to Friday, September 29. This gives you a little bit more time to take advantage of this great employee recognition award program.  Each year Washington Hospitality lodging members can recognize their key team members with nominations to the prestigious Stars awards. Celebrating successes with employee recognition programs is a great way to improve retention and morale. Learn about this free program at www.lodgingconvention.com/stars. Remember the deadline for nominations is tomorrow, Sept. 29.



Lodging Members: Have you registered yet for this year’s Convention?

It’s fall, and we’re building up speed for another successful, and full Lodging Convention. This year’s lineup of great presentations will big picture topics and practical hands-on training, with topics ranging from lodging trend forecasts, effective sales and operations collaboration to cybersecurity training and what you should have in place should ICE arrive at your front desk. Learn more, and then register, at www.lodgingconvention.com. Companies receive discounts for multiple registrations, and we’re grateful that many of the state’s leading hotel companies have already signed up large contingents, investing in their staff and their future.


Get a Free Drink at the Lodging Convention – Download the App Today

Click here on your smart phone to download the Washington Hospitality Association Events app (for iPhone and Android) or search “Washington Hospitality” in the app store. Once you’ve downloaded it, you can explore the Lodging Convention area of the app to earn points. Earn enough points and you’ll get a free drink during the welcome luau and networking party at the 2017 Lodging Convention. Exploring the app includes viewing exhibitor profiles, viewing the training session schedule, adding sessions to your schedule and more. You can use the app to help plan your time at the convention, learn more about speakers and network with other attendees.



Two Minute Video: What You Need to Know

Don’t miss this great video recap of the news you need to know, including a look back at the passage of short term rental legislation passed, in Seattle; the possibility of duplicate paid sick leave policies, in Tacoma; and Washington Hospitality’s recognition of legislative heroes.


US Foods, Junebaby and Salare on This Week’s DineNW Radio Show – Now Online!

Don’t miss this week’s DineNW radio show, now online. Andy Cook and Paul Schlienz kick off the show with an interview with Chef Charles Ramseyer, Food Fanatic chef with US Foods. David Faro then joins with Paul to interview Edouardo Jordan, chef/owner at Seattle’s Junebaby and Salare.


Eye on Hospitality: Hotels and Restaurants are Going to the Dogs

Americans love their dogs, and increasingly, the hospitality industry is catering to dog lovers. Pet-friendly hotels are easy to find, and dog-friendly restaurants, once a curiosity, are becoming much more common. Any pet owner who’s ever had to leave a pet in a kennel during a vacation knows how painful the separation can be for animal and owner. Fortunately for the many pet parents who also love travel, taking Fido or kitty along for the journey is increasingly practical. Read more…



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