Weekly Update: Hospitality Week, Month and Hiring Event Help Solve Labor Shortage

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The Hunt is Over: Hospitality Week, Month and Hiring Event Help Solve Labor Shortage

Earlier this month, Gov. Jay Inslee proclaimed May as Hospitality Month. On Tuesday, the Tacoma City Council proclaimed May 28-June 3 Hospitality Week in Tacoma. The scarcity of employees in hospitality jobs continues to climb as Pierce County businesses sweat shortages and retention going into the busy summer months. To celebrate the hospitality industry and further empower job seekers looking to find a career in this lively industry, the Washington Hospitality Association is hosting a hiring event on May 31 at the Hotel Murano in Tacoma. For more information, visit the hiring event website.


Edmonds Moves Toward Disposable Plastic Ban

The Edmonds City Council passed a resolution Wednesday night stating its intent to ban single-use plastic straws, stirrers and cutlery provided by the food service industry by 2020. In addition to implementing the ban in food service establishments, single-use plastic straws, stirrers and cutlery will be banned from city-owned buildings by the end of 2018 and at outdoor festivals and events in Edmonds starting in 2019. For more information, contact John Lane at johnl@wahospitality.org or visit our website.


Tip Pooling: Your Questions Answered

Is the tip pool rule official or are we still waiting on the Department of Labor? Can my exempt manager get tips? Get the answers to your tip pooling questions in our latest Q&A resource.


Time is Running Out! Register Now for Spokane Chapter Golf Benefit

The Spokane Chapter Golf Benefit is June 5. This fun day of golf kicks off with check-ins at 11 a.m., and a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Awards and dinner catered by Borracho Tacos & Taquileria will follow at 6 p.m. The cost to participate is $125 per person or $500 per four-person team. Don’t golf? That’s okay—you can attend the awards and dinner for $18. Just select “Dinner Only” on the registration form. All golfers are eligible for a hole-in-one car giveaway from Larry H. Miller Toyota. Registration and sponsorship information is available here.


Restaurant Industry 2030 Launch

We are launching our Restaurant Industry 2030 study and are soliciting your thoughts on the issues, events and developments that will shape the restaurant industry in the year 2030. Please complete this survey by May 25. All survey participants will receive a complimentary copy of the Restaurant Industry 2030 final report. Your responses to this survey will remain completely confidential. If you have questions, please contact Adam Hasley at 202.973.3966.


Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation Goes into Effect May 25

The European Union has a new law on the books for protecting data privacy. It’s the General Data Protection Regulation, more commonly called the GDPR. This Friday, it goes into effect in the EU’s 28 member states. The law changes the rules for companies that collect, store or process large amounts of information on residents of the EU, requiring more openness about what data they have and who they share it with, including companies in the U.S. that deal with European customers. And this includes hotels and restaurants.



Food Recovery Summit Features Local Chefs Making a Difference 

On Thursday, June 7, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 10 is presenting the Food Recovery Summit specifically for our local hospitality industry. The event takes place from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at CenturyLink Field and is open to culinary, managerial and sustainability representatives from restaurants, hotels and event venues, as well as hunger relief agencies and other organizations actively involved in food recovery. Speakers include Joe Fugere (Tutta Bella Neapolitan Pizzerias) and Ethan Stowell (Ethan Stowell Restaurants). There is no charge to attend, but registration is required. Click here to register.



Sexual Harassment Prevention and Hiring Event on DineNW

Don’t miss this week’s DineNW radio show, now online. Andy Cook and David Faro discuss sexual harassment, how employers can prevent it and avoid lawsuits with Catharine Morisset, attorney with Fisher Phillips. Andy and David Faro then discuss the Washington Hospitality Association’s Hiring Event, in Tacoma, on May 31.


Eye on Hospitality: New Retirement Savings Options Benefit Small Businesses, Employees

The hospitality industry is full of small businesses that struggle to provide retirement plans. Now there is a whole new option in retirement planning from Washington’s Department of Commerce. Read more…



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