Weekly Update: Joint Employer Legislation & Tip Pooling Updates

Weekly Update: Joint Employer Legislation & Tip Pooling Updates

House Introduces Joint Employer Legislation

After months of working closely with key members of Congress, this morning the Save Local Business Act was introduced to correct the damaging impact that the revised joint employer standard is having on our industry. The National Restaurant Association’s government affairs team has worked closely with the bill’s sponsors on the text of this legislation ahead of today’s introduction. We are pleased that Congress is starting to address this issue. Now that legislation has been introduced in the House, the National Restaurant Association will be working for its passage.

Washington’s New Pregnancy Accommodation Law Went into Effect This Week

In June, the Washington Legislature passed the Healthy Starts Act, changing pregnancy accommodations for women in Washington workplaces. The law which went into effect on July 23, 2017, applies to businesses with 15 or more employees. Washington joins 18 other states, the District of Columbia and four cities, with a law requiring accommodations for pregnant workers. In accordance with the new law, employers should consider what provisions they have for pregnant women in the workplace. Read what the new law requires here.


Keep an Eye on Tip Pooling

The tip pooling battle continues but changes are likely. The U.S. Department of Labor has signaled its plan to rescind its controversial tip-pooling restrictions at least as it applies in states like Washington where tips cannot be used to offset the federal minimum wage. On July 20, it stated it will issue a “Notice of Proposed Rulemaking,” the first step in changing the tip regulations issued in 2011 under the Obama administration. “This does not immediately change existing law, but sets the table for future action,” says Catharine Morisset, a partner in Fisher Phillips’ Seattle office. Read more here.



Food Law Seminar, July 27-28

An exceptional group of speakers will put you in the driver’s seat for navigating the legal and regulatory framework to which all food and beverage businesses operating in the United States must adhere. From federal, state and local permitting to building brands and protecting products in compliance with FDA standards, you’ll get in-depth, timely information. This program, July 27-28 at Seattle’s Washington State Convention Center, qualifies for 10.50 Washington CLE credits. Upon request, we will apply for, or help you apply for, CLE credits in other states and other types of credits. Register here or 206.567.4490. Can’t physically attend? The seminar’s webcast option is the next best thing to being there. And, it qualifies for live credits in most states.


Be the First to Find Out What’s New and Local for Washington Cider Week

You’re invited to an industry exclusive, to sip new releases and best seller ciders from all over the state of Washington. Eleven cidermakers will greet you and offer you samples of what Washington Cider Week (September 7-17) will taste like. Swing by Seattle’s Capitol Cider on Tuesday, August 8, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. You’ll find tasty bites to nosh on while you learn about the fastest growing beverage on the market, where cider is already representing 6 percent of the beer market in Washington. For more information, contact Emily Ritchie.


Join Us! Seattle Hospitality for Progress Happy Hour Mixer and Fundraiser, August 8

Join local restaurateurs, hoteliers and industry friends and partners for drinks (first one FREE), appetizers and networking. Sip and savor drinks and bites with friends while playing bocce ball, corn hole, Giant Jenga, Giant Uno and Giant Connect Four. It’s all to support Seattle Hospitality for Progress, the political arm of the Seattle Hotel Association and Seattle Restaurant Alliance. The committee is proud to have endorsed Jenny Durkan for mayor, Sara Nelson for city council position 8 and Scott Lindsay for city attorney. This great event takes place 5-7 p.m., August 8, at the Rhein Haus, 912 12th Ave., Seattle. RSVP to Tjitske Dekker.


Mark Your Calendars: Golf FORE! Education Tournament, September 19

ProStart’s Golf FORE! Education is right around the corner! Register quickly to secure your spot at Washington National on September 19. Register now.


Attention Hoteliers:  Early Bird Rates Still Available for this Year’s Washington Lodging Convention!

The Washington Lodging Convention has rounded out its program with an A-list of speakers and trainers who will help hoteliers navigate the disruptive forces facing the industry. From Greg Duff’s training on distribution disrupters to Glenn Haussman’s keynote on reinventing service in the new hospitality climate, it’s a program you can’t afford to miss. Learn more about the lineup and register here. Reserve your place by July 31 to save with the early bird rate!



Two Minute Video: News You Need to Know

Don’t miss this great video recap of the news you need to know, including the end of the third special session, liquor distributors being now able to take credit cards from restaurants and the August 1 primary elections in Seattle.


Food Services of America and Acosta Foodservice on DineNW Radio Show – Listen Online!

Don’t miss this week’s DineNW radio show, now online. Andy Cook kicks off the show with an interview with the business solutions team at Food Services of America. Ross Boylan and Paul Schlienz then chat with Les Lent of Acosta Foodservice.


Eye on Hospitality: New Approaches to Tip Pooling

Tip pooling is back in the news. Last week the Department of Labor made headlines by indicating that it would rescind its controversial tip pooling restrictions at least as it applies in states like Washington where tips cannot be used to offset the federal minimum wage.  While this is good news for the industry, it is not an immediate change to existing law, and a new rule making process could take a year or more. Read more…


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