L&I Proposes Average 5 Percent Workers’ Comp Rate Decrease for 2019

On Wednesday, the state Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) announced a proposed average 5 percent decrease in the premium employers pay for workers’ compensation insurance. If approved, the rate decrease would be the largest drop since 2007. The rate decrease is attributed to fewer work-related injuries, initiatives to help injured workers and reduced costs. The public will have opportunities to provide input about the new proposed rate before a final decision is made in December. For more information, click here.


Hotels and Restaurants Support New Federal Joint-Employer Rule Proposal

The National Labor Relations Board last week issued a proposed rule and announced intent to restore the “direct and immediate control” joint-employer standard. The current standard undermines the franchise model, according to the National Restaurant Association. The proposal says to be jointly liable, “an employer must possess and actually exercise substantial direct and immediate control over the essential terms and conditions of employment of another employer’s employees in a manner that is not limited and routine.” The American Hotel & Lodging Association and the National Restaurant Association will submit comments in support of the proposal.


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Call to Action: Comment On Health Insurance Proposal

The National Restaurant Association is asking members to support the Save American Workers Act, which would under the Affordable Care Act define full-time employees as working 40 hours per week. The current definition under ACA for full-time employees is working 30 hours per week. The National Restaurant Association said the added time, operational expense and paperwork have not improved the quality of health insurance that restaurants offer their employees. A vote is anticipated at any time. Contact your U.S. representative today.


National Food Safety Education Month – Seven Ways to Stay Safe

September is National Food Safety Education Month. It provides an opportunity to raise awareness about steps you can take to prevent food poisoning. In that spirit, the National Restaurant Association provides a list of seven ways for restaurant operations to stay safe.  Learn more about keeping your restaurant safe by attending the National Restaurant Association’s Food Safety Month Webinar on Sept. 25.


Regional Meetings Kick Off in Bellingham, Oct 10

The Government Affairs Regional Meetings kick off in Bellingham on Wed., Oct. 10. Regional meetings are a way for you to provide input on what state level issues are important to you, offer feedback on the proposed legislative matrix and learn more about the Paid Family & Medical Leave changes coming to the industry on Jan 1, 2019. Bring your questions to the meeting.

Save the times and dates!


Oct 10 – Bellingham

10 a.m.–noon

Holiday Inn & Suites Bellingham

RSVP for Bellingham

Oct 23 – Spokane

2–4 p.m.

Hilton Garden Inn

RSVP for Spokane

Oct 24 – Tri-Cities

10 a.m.–noon

The Lodge at Columbia Point

RSVP for Tri-Cities

Nov 13 – Renton

10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Hyatt Regency Lake Washington at Seattle’s Southport

RSVP for Renton


Seattle Restaurant Alliance: Join us! Our October Meeting Will Discuss Statewide Issues That Impact You

Our October meeting will feature staff members from the Washington Hospitality Association providing updates on active state issues. Zach Lindahl will discuss efforts to address issues with the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board and the formation of an alcohol task force to identify opportunities. Samantha Louderback will discuss the process to update the Food Code, which is currently open for review.

  • WHEN: 10-11:30 a.m., Oct. 3
  • WHERE: Daniel’s Broiler, 809 Fairview Pl N., Seattle

Email Teddi McGuire to RSVP.


Spokane Chapter: Save the Date!

The Spokane Chapter will hold a Night in the Spotlight Nov. 14 at Northern Quest Casino. Formerly called the annual gala, this year’s industry celebration will shine the spotlight on industry leaders. Come for food and casino games, a paddle raise and more. Details coming soon to the Spokane Chapter website.



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Peyrassol Cafe and Copperworks Distilling on DineNW – Listen Online!

Don’t miss this week’s DineNW radio show, now online. Andy Cook and Paul Schlienz kick off the show with Sachia Tinsley, owner of Renton’s Peyrassol Cafe. Andy and Paul then interview Jeff Kanof, vice president of Seattle’s Copperworks Distilling.