Launching Sept. 30 – Hospitality industry survival strategies

The Washington state minimum wage is going up $1.50 on Jan. 1, 2020. When added to all the other new regulations over the last few years, labor costs are forcing changes in the industry. The association is launching its first-ever, members-only online HUB filled with videos, articles, podcasts and more teaching you how to increase revenues and cut costs to stay afloat. Check out new resources starting weekly right here.

#WIN: State Court of Appeals delivers victory on liquor pricing

Division I of the Washington State Court of Appeals issued an opinion in favor of the Washington Hospitality Association and other plaintiffs dealing with regulations on the pricing of wine and spirits. This decision is a major win for the industry, which successfully defended its ability to negotiate with suppliers on price and customer service. Click here to read more about this important member win.

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BONUS: L&I extends overtime rule comment period

L&I has extended the comment period for updates to the state’s overtime rules including the salary threshold. The new deadline is 11:59 p.m. on Sept. 20. You may submit comments now and tell the department how the proposed salary threshold of about $80,000 by 2026 will impact your business.

September is National Food Safety Education Month

To get you celebrating this important month, here are four sources of food safety information with varying ways to change food safety behaviors and improve food safety culture. Click here to get started.

Pierce County: Health Department may raise fees

The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department is considering an overall 4 percent fee increase related to drinking water, food and community safety, on-site sewage, tobacco compliance and waste management. The department staff wants your comments before the board considers proposed fees at its October and November meetings. Share with the health department how these fee increases will impact your business and leave your comments here. Please contact Joe Bushnell at with questions or concerns.

Tri-Cities and Spokane: Government Affairs regional meetings are Monday and Tuesday

The Government Affairs Regional Meetings will kick off next week! Are you located in Southeast Washington and want to attend Monday’s meeting in the Tri-Cities? Are you in the Spokane area and want to attend Tuesday’s meeting (which is also the Spokane Chapter Quarterly Meeting!)

These meetings are your opportunity to talk with your lawmakers about restrictive scheduling and the cost of doing business. RSVP to Katie Doyle, grassroots manager, at


Upcoming ServSafe Manager classes

All classes are 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

Everett: Oct. 28 at Food Services of America

Registration Deadline: Oct. 14

Kent: Oct. 15 at Sysco

Registration Deadline: Oct. 1

Port Angeles: Sept. 27 at Red Lion Hotel, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Registration Deadline: Oct. 1

Seattle (SODO): Oct. 1 at Bargreen Ellingson

Registration Deadline: Sept. 17

Spokane (Post Falls): Oct. 24 at Sysco

Registration Deadline: Oct. 10

Tacoma: Oct. 8 at Bargreen Ellingson

Registration Deadline: Sept. 24

Register your employees!

Upcoming First Aid/CPR/AED classes

Seattle: Sept. 18, 1 p.m.-5 p.m., at Four Points Sheraton Seattle Airport South

Registration Deadline: Sept. 17

Register here!

Additional training available

First Aid & Bloodborne Pathogens

Sexual Harassment Prevention

Hotel & Lodging Certifications

Food Allergy

Mandatory Alcohol Server Training (MAST)


Plant-based chicken is here, courtesy of KFC and Beyond Meat (Forbes)

Employees will ‘make or break’ hotels in a downturn (Hotel News Now)

Some Popeyes locations run out of sandwiches (Restaurant Business)

Slowing down: U.S. hotel performance losing steam (Hotel News Now)

Restaurant spending set to hit high in 2019 as consumers spend more of their budget on dining out (CNBC)

Five luxury takeaways from the latest hotel earnings season (Skift)

Vegan restaurants are on the rise (Forbes)

Marriott, IHG, Accor and Hilton invest in meetings booking platform(Skift)

Panera partners with UberEats, DoorDash and GrubHub to expand its in-house delivery (CNBC)