We here at the Washington Hospitality Association wish you and yours a very happy holiday season.
Quick Bites: Employee Health
We teamed up with the Washington State Department of Health to create a video series detailing the changes coming to the state food code that operators need to know. This week’s video explores some of the common foodborne illnesses that your staff needs to know and the new reporting requirements for when an employee becomes ill. Click here to read more and watch the video.
Rates are changing – don’t pay more than you need to
Workers’ compensation rates are changing and that means employee withholdings are also changing: you may need to take action. If you are using a third-party payroll service, you need to forward the rate notice you received this month to your payroll provider to avoid account balances with L&I which could lead to penalties and interest. Learn more here.
New in 2022: final reminders
As we say goodbye to 2021, be sure to check out our page detailing 2022 law changes to make sure you aren’t missing anything. Changes like the new rule on single-use plastic serviceware have been getting a lot of buzz lately, but it is crucial for operators to know what is and isn’t included.
This week we’re featuring the new endorsements that will be required for operators who want to continue selling alcohol to-go in 2022. Learn what you need to apply for and where you can apply on our 2022 law changes page here.
Seattle Restaurant Alliance member meeting
The next virtual member meeting will be at 10 a.m. on Jan. 5. The local government affairs team will provide an update on issues they have been tracking locally and regionally. They will also discuss 2022 local priorities as we plan our engagement with our newly-elected officials in Seattle. And don’t forget, the minimum wage in Seattle will increase on Jan. 1. Register here.
BREAKING NEWS: Gov. Jay Inslee and Democratic lawmakers delay collection of long-term care funds
Employers can delay collecting funds from their employees for long-term care. Read more here.
New! Northwest Hospitality Leadership Podcast: The Motive
Steve Hooper from Ethan Stowell Restaurants and Jennifer Grosclaude of Columbia Hospitality discuss reward-centered versus responsibility-centered leadership during this new episode of the Northwest Hospitality Leadership Podcast. Tune in here or wherever you get your podcasts. Brought to you by U.S. Bank.
[CEO Podcast] 2022 Legislative session preview
Join Washington Hospitality Association President & CEO Anthony Anton as he discusses the upcoming Legislative session with Julia Gorton, the director of state government affairs. Bring your questions at 10 a.m., Jan. 5. Register here.
Register today for Hill Climb 2022: Hospitality Week on the Hill
The hospitality industry scored major wins during the 2021 legislative session in large part due to your active engagement with lawmakers. We need that same level of engagement again this session as we advocate for additional pandemic relief for business owners. Join your state government affairs team at 10 a.m. on Jan. 31 for our virtual Hill Climb 2022 event where they’ll discuss the association’s legislative priorities and answer your questions. Thank you to our sponsors, U.S. Bank, ERNwest and My Hospitality Insurance. Register here.
Bellevue emergency water supply survey
The City of Bellevue Utilities Department is seeking input from the community on development and implementation of an emergency water supply master plan. Click here to take their short survey.
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
- Closed captioning in areas of public accommodation
- Masks, vaccines & welcome back signs
- [Toolkit] Hospitality tech toolkit
- Renting out your kitchen space can be a big moneymaker
- Current guidance and requirements