Weekly Update: I-1433 Rulemaking Process Under Way at L&I

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I-1433 Rulemaking Process Under Way at L&I

During September, the Department of Labor and Industries held public hearings around the state on its draft rules to implement Initiative 1433.  The rules implement the paid sick leave elements of I-1433, effective Jan. 2018. We expect the final rules to be released soon. At that time, L&I will initiate outreach to businesses and stakeholders about the requirements. L&I opted early in the rulemaking process to promulgate separate rules on the enforcement of I-1433. On Oct. 3, L&I filed draft rules on the enforcement of I-1433 with the Code Revisor. The rules are now available for public review and comment. Public hearings on the draft rules are scheduled:

  • 10 a.m., Nov. 8, Spokane Center Place Auditorium
  • 10 a.m., Nov. 9, L&I Headquarters Auditorium, Tumwater

The deadline for submitting comments is Nov. 17. The department is seeking to adopt final rules by Dec. 19. For more information, contact Julia Gorton.


New Executive Order Removes Roadblocks to Association Health Plans

National Restaurant Association President and CEO Dawn Sweeney was present at the White House today when President Trump signed an executive order directing the federal government to take steps to make it easier for small businesses and individuals to join together to buy health plans through associations like ours. Restaurants have fought hard for years to support initiatives that provide access to and seek to reduce the cost of health insurance. Reducing regulatory roadblocks to allow restaurant operators to join together to find affordable coverage for themselves and their employees through association health plans is a key step in leveraging the buying power of small businesses.


Seattle Mayor Proposes City-Run Retirement Plan

Seattle is proposing retirement savings accounts for all employees at no cost to the employer. Mayor Tim Burgess is seeking to establish a city-run retirement plan. His budget proposal includes funds for a feasibility study and legal analysis. He is proposing an ordinance to establish the program, to be passed with the budget. Under the plan, employers not offering retirement accounts would need to enroll employees in the city plan and deduct money from their paychecks. Employers would be prohibited from contributing to the plan and employees may opt-out if they choose. The account would be tied to the employee, and is transferable if the employee changes their place of employment. Draft legislation is expected to be released this week. Send questions or comments to Jillian Henze.


City of Tacoma Hosts Public Hearings on Paid Leave Draft Rules

The Tacoma City Council voted to amend the city’s paid sick and safe leave policy, creating a duplicate policy for businesses to comply with. The initiative will be implemented in Jan. 2018.

Draft rules are scheduled to be prepared in early November. The city is hosting four hearings in November to help shape the draft rules.

  • Tuesday, Nov. 7, 5:30-7 p.m., Swasey Library Meeting Room, 7001 6th Ave.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2-3:30 p.m., Lincoln District Project Office (Limited parking), 750 S. 38th St.
  • Thursday, Nov. 9, 10:30 a.m.-noon, STAR Center Discovery Room, 3873 S. 66th St.
  • Thursday, Nov. 30. 10-11:30 a.m., Main Branch of the Tacoma Public Library, Olympic Room, 1102 Tacoma Ave S.


Connect with Your Hospitality Peers in Facebook Groups

Check out our closed Facebook groups to connect with your peers about the things that matter to you. These groups encourage candid conversation between hospitality business owners in regions across the state. Click to check out and join the hospitality alliance closed groups for Spokane, Olympia, Bellingham, Tacoma and Seattle.


Association’s Jillian Henze Earns Accreditation in Public Relations

Jillian Henze, local communications manager for the Washington Hospitality Association, has earned the Accreditation in Public Relations (APR) designation. Henze joins just 5,000 public relations professionals worldwide who represent an elite group of accomplished professionals committed to the highest standards in the field. Accreditation in Public Relations is a voluntary program for public relations professionals who have been practicing for at least five to seven years. Learn more here.


Discuss Key Issues Impacting Your Business with Your Local Lawmakers!

Each year, the Hospitality Association Government Affairs team holds series of meetings. Our final meetings are on Oct. 17, in Redmond, and Oct. 18, in Bellingham. Join us for an opportunity to learn about what issues are on the horizon and how you can help. We will invite your local lawmakers to hear from you on topics ranging from the local economy, tourism, and new regulations. Here is the full agenda. For a full list of all regional meeting locations or to RSVP click here.



Tacoma Restaurant Week Brings Dining Deals

Tacoma restaurants unite to bring diners a variety of $30 meals. There are now 32 restaurants participating in this bi-annual event, kicking off on Oct. 15-19 and again Oct. 22-26. Tacoma restaurants that still want to participate in the event can contact Ken Swarner at 253.584.1212 or email publisher@northwestmilitary.com. For more information about the event including menus and a list of restaurants participating, visit the Tacoma Restaurant Week Facebook page.


Lodging Members: Have you registered yet for this year’s convention?

Don’t miss this year’s lodging convention. Learn more, and then register, at www.lodgingconvention.com. Companies receive discounts for multiple registrations. Many of the state’s leading hotel companies have already signed up large contingents, investing in their staff and their future. And, click here on your smart phone to download the Washington Hospitality Association Events app (for iPhone and Android) or search “Washington Hospitality” in the app store. You can use the app to help plan your time at the convention, learn more about speakers and network with other attendees.


Washington’s New Paid Sick Leave Law Webinar, Nov. 10

Starting Jan. 1, 2018, Washington state’s new paid sick and safe leave requirements go into effect. A webinar featuring attorneys Margaret Burnham and Catherine Morisset will cover basic compliance steps, key administrative rules and compare the new state-wide law with those existing in other with Washington cities including SeaTac, Seattle, Spokane and Tacoma. This webinar will cover basic compliance steps and compare the new state-wide law with those existing in other with Washington cities, such as Seattle, to avoid compliance pitfalls. Register now.



West Seattle Bowl and The Inn at the Market on This Week’s DineNW Radio show – Listen Online!

Don’t miss this week’s DineNW radio show, now online. Andy Cook and Morgan Huether kick off the show with an interview with Andy Carl, co-owner of the West Seattle Bowl. Andy and Paul Schlienz then interview David Watkins, general manager of Seattle’s Inn at the Market.


Eye on Hospitality: How Hotels Can Combat Forced Labor

The hospitality industry is taking a strong stand against forced labor because human traffickers have a history of exploiting of the privacy and anonymity of hotels and motels. Unfortunately, staff are not always educated on recognizing and reporting signs of human trafficking and forced labor. We, at the Washington Hospitality Association, want to change that and drive forced labor and the criminals who profit from it out of our hotels and motels once and for all. Read more…



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