Weekly Update: Hospitality Employment Law Guides Now Available

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Hospitality Employment Law Guides Now Available

The Washington Hospitality Association is pleased to provide two members-only Employment Law Guides tailored to Washington state and your business: one for restaurants and foodservice operations, and one for lodging operations. Access these guides by logging in to the member portal on the website. The Employment Law Guides have been prepared and compiled by Catharine Morisset of Fisher Phillips. These guides are intended to provide guidance and sample forms to management, legal counsel and human resources professionals involved in employment-related matters in the hospitality industry. Download them here.


[Action Alert] New Overtime Rules Propose $56,000- $70,000 as Salary Threshold, Phase-in Option

Over the last six months, the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries has worked with stakeholders to update the “white collar” exemptions under the Minimum Wage Act for Executive, Administrative and Professional staff, including updating overtime exemptions and the salary threshold. A new version of the pre-draft rules ties the overtime exemption and salary threshold to a range of 2-2.5 times the state minimum wage, a range of $56,160 -$70,200 and adjusted annually (Note: This salary range is based on the $13.50 minimum wage and an implementation date of Jan. 1, 2020.) View the Second Version of the Pre-Draft Rules hereWe need you to personalize your Phone2Action alert responses!



Spokane Service Animal Ordinance Unanimously Approved by City Council

The Spokane City Council voted unanimously Nov. 26 on an ordinance that incorporates state law and establishes penalties for anyone misrepresenting a pet as a service animal. Law enforcement officers can now remove violators from the premises and handlers may be subject to the city’s $56 fine in addition to the state’s $500 fine for the misrepresentation of a service animal. For more information, contact Tobby Hatley, or click here.


Gig Harbor City Council Passes Single-Use Plastic Ban

The Gig Harbor City Council voted the approve a single-use plastic ban, 4-3, at Monday night’s council meeting. The ban will take effect in 12 months to allow businesses to find alternatives to single-use disposable plastics. The ban includes plastic straws, plastic utensils and Styrofoam containers, but not plastic bags. The council will address a second ordinance that would ban plastic bags in December. Click here to read the approved ordinance in its entirety.


Seattle Restaurants: Report Your Data of Single-Use Gloves

Do you know how many single-use gloves your restaurant uses per month? Now that you’ve collected this data by counting the number of gloves your business goes through in the month of November, you may email us with your results. This information will likely be used as data in the future. Please email Samantha Louderback if you have any questions.


Seattle: Alaskan Way Viaduct Construction Road Closures

With the imminent demolition of the Alaskan Way Viaduct (Jan. 11, 2019), roads in Seattle around construction will have closures and detours. Click here for a full list of street closures and detours surrounding this project this week. Click here for an overview of the project.


Join Us! Government Affairs Committee Meeting Dec. 11

The bi-annual Government Affairs Committee meeting is 1:30-4 p.m., Dec. 11, at the Hilton Seattle Airport & Conference Center. The State Government Affairs Team will finalize the 2019 Legislative Priorities Issues Matrix during this meeting. This is your opportunity to offer input on the issues sure to come up next session. To RSVP, click here.



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