Panic buttons and the law: How to comply by 2020

We’ve heard from members that you’re receiving sales calls for panic button systems. Don’t panic…you have until Jan. 1, 2020, to comply with the law if you have 60 or more hotel rooms. Click here to learn more about panic buttons and new requirements under the law.

Updates to law bars employers from asking about pay history

Updates made to the state’s Equal Pay and Opportunities Act, which took effect July 28, bars employers from requesting a job applicant’s wage or salary history, except under certain circumstances. The law also makes it illegal, in most cases, for employers to request wage or salary history from a previous employer before offering an applicant a job and negotiating a salary. The ban on requesting salary history applies to all Washington employers regardless of size. The requirement to disclose salary information to certain applicants and employees applies only to Washington employers with 15 or more workers. Click here to read more.

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How will an overtime salary threshold of nearly $80,000 impact your business?

With a little more than a month before comments are due to the Department of Labor and Industries, it’s now your time to tell the department how the proposed draft updates to the exemptions will impact you, your business and your employees. We encourage you to personalize your comments as much as possible.

I’ll send comments to L&I about overtime

I need to learn more before I send in comments

LCB Enforcement and Education needs your feedback

As part of an assessment of the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board’s (WSLCB) Enforcement and Education Division, an independent organization, Hillard Heintze, is conducting a survey of licensees. This is an opportunity for you to voice your opinion about enforcement services that have affected you directly. Feedback from you and other respondents may lead to improvements in WSLCB Enforcement Services. The survey will only be available until Aug. 15, 2019.

To take the survey, please click here.

Two-Minute Video:  Swipe fees, overtime

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Member Spotlight: Community-centered restaurant helps transform White Center

Sam Jo has two passions: Korean cuisine and White Center. His year-old Korean-inspired Anju Bar and Eatery is a welcome addition in White Center, a neighborhood that straddles the southwestern border of Seattle. White Center has struggled much in the past, but it is on the upswing today as more people discover its unique cultural mix and unpretentious atmosphere. Read more.

Convention speaker uncovers and overcomes hidden judgments in the workplace

What is unconscious bias? Join speaker Gerry Fernandez, founder and president of the Multicultural Foodservice and Hospitality Alliance, at the Hospitality Convention to understand and overcome unconscious bias to build and sustain positive relationships. Unconscious bias refers to a bias that happens automatically and is triggered by our brain making quick judgments and assessments of people and situations, influenced by our background, cultural environment and personal experiences.

Register now

Flexible spending accounts save employers money, improve retention

In less than 15 minutes, you can connect Alice to your payroll system and save your employees money on health care and child care purchases with a Flexible Spending Account (FSA). Click here to learn more about how Alice can create meaningful savings for both your business and your employees.

Do you support your local high schools?

Our Aug. 27 golf tournament directly benefits ProStart. This means participating high schools in your community are affected. These schools have ProStart programs and attend the annual ProStart invitational. Register for Golf FORE! Education today and directly impact your future hospitality employees.


Upcoming ServSafe Manager classes

All classes are 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Everett: Aug. 26 at Food Services of America, Registration Deadline: Aug. 12

Kent: Aug. 20 at Sysco, Registration Deadline: Aug. 6

Seattle: Sept. 3 at Bargreen Ellingson, Registration Deadline: Aug. 20

Spokane (Post Falls): Aug. 22 at Sysco. Registration Deadline: Aug. 8

Additional Training Available

First Aid & Bloodborne Pathogens

Sexual Harassment Prevention

Hotel & Lodging Certifications

Food Allergy

Mandatory Alcohol Server Training (MAST)


Survey: People willing to pay more for food delivery (U.S. News & World Report)

Quality of sleep is significant opportunity for North American hotels, J.D. Power finds (Hotel News Resource)

Restaurants joining with retailers in the meal kit game (Supermarket News)

Hotel spas rely on locals, deals during slow periods (Hotel News Now)

Driving lunch traffic in a work-from-home world (Nation’s Restaurant News)

The surprising rise of hotel spending on metasearch advertising (Skift)

Starbucks’ traffic finally starts to turn around — an increase of 3 percent globally (Nation’s Restaurant News)

Hilton teases new upscale, urban hotel brand (Washington Business Journal)

Delivery disconnect: Restaurants don’t always prioritize what diners want(Restaurant Dive)

McDonald’s is already considering bringing a new batch of international menu items to the US next summer (Business Insider)