Weekly Update: L&I proposes 2 percent average increase in workers’ comp rates for 2016

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The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries today proposed a 2 percent increase in the 2016 workers’ compensation average base rate to cover claim costs for injured workers. The proposed increase comes out to a little more than one cent per hour worked. The public is invited to comment on L&I’s proposal at public hearings around the state in October. The final rate decision will be announced by early December. Complete information is online at www.Lni.wa.gov/Rates. The hearings are scheduled for:

  • Tumwater, October 26, 10 a.m., Dept. of Labor & Industries Auditorium
  • Vancouver, October 26, 10 a.m., NW Regional Training Center
  • Tukwila, October 27, 10 a.m., Tukwila Community Center
  • Everett, October 28, 10 a.m., Everett Community College
  • Spokane, October 29, 9 a.m., Spokane CenterPlace
  • Richland, October 30, 9 a.m., Richland Community Center

Get the recognition you deserve! Apply now to National Restaurant Association’s Faces of Diversity, Restaurant Neighbor and Ambassador of Hospitality awards

Restaurants do great things and are full of great people. Don’t miss this opportunity to receive the recognition you deserve. Apply now for the National Restaurant Associations industry awards. The Faces of Diversity American Dream Award honors those who have achieved success through perseverance and determination. Each year the NRAEF, in partnership with PepsiCo Foodservice, recognizes three individuals who embody the American Dream. Founded in partnership with American Express, the Restaurant Neighbor Award celebrates and highlights the outstanding charitable service performed by restaurant operators. The Ambassador of Hospitality Award is the premiere award bestowed by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation to an individual who has exemplified extraordinary achievement and leadership in the restaurant and hospitality industry. You can either nominate yourself or someone else for these awards. Deadline is October 30. For more information or to apply, contact the WRA’s Paul Schlienz.

City Council candidate at Seattle Restaurant Alliance meeting, October 7 – Don’t miss it!

This year, every Seattle City Council seat is up for election. The primary election took place on August 4 and narrowed the field of candidates in each race down to two for the general election. The general election will be held on November 3. Our featured speaker at the Seattle Restaurant Alliance’s October meeting will be Rob Johnson, District 4 candidate. Rob is very eager to meet with and here from local restaurant operators and will be available for questions. The SRA’s October meeting will also include a Seattle policy and issues update and 2015 Seattle City Council general election candidate endorsement presentation. Click here to view the meeting agenda. The meeting takes place Wednesday, October 7, 8:30-10 a.m., at Ivar’s Salmon House on Lake Union, 401 NE Northlake Way, Seattle.

NLRB ruling puts all restaurants at risk

A regulatory decision last month from the National Relations Board was an obvious blow to franchisors since it could hold them liable for the employment practices of franchisees. But this ruling’s ramifications extend far beyond franchises. Any restaurant that uses an outside security firm, a temp employment agency, a third-party valet operation, a cleaning service or other contracted labor provider could also be affected by this decision according to legal experts. Read more…

Don’t miss DineNW radio show – now online

Don’t miss the WRA’s DineNW radio show, now online. Ross Boylan and Andy Cook kick off this week’s show by interviewing Brett Wirta of Wirta Hospitality Worldwide. Andy then joined Paul Schlienz for an interview with Dale Blosser, hospitality expert who will be appearing at the Hospitality Training and Management seminar, on October 12, in Tukwila.

Washington Restaurant Market Watch: Are you ready for EMV?

Crunch time is here. October 1 is one week away. Are you prepared for EMV? If not, it’s time to get prepared. Pronto. October 1 is the key date to keep in sight. Why? Because on this date, liability for credit card fraud shifts. Big changes are under way in the U.S. payment industry. Those swipe and sign credit and debit cards are on the fast track to extinction. Read more…