Weekly Update: L&I proposes changes in hospitality industry workers’ comp rates

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L&I proposes changes in hospitality industry workers’ comp rates
The Department of Labor & Industries has announced an overall 0.8 percent decrease in the average price of workers’ compensation insurance premiums across the state beginning in 2020. This is the third year in a row for an overall rate decrease. If adopted, individual employers may see smaller or larger drops depending on that employer’s industry and claims history.

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Federal tip pooling clarity makes strides to the finish line
On Monday, the federal Department of Labor issued a final proposed tip pooling rule that provides guidance, including allowing tip pooling and sharing with non-regularly tipped employees, according to the National Restaurant Association. The proposal would make it harder for a future federal administration to change the rule, said Angelo Amador, senior vice president of legal advocacy and regulatory counsel for the National Restaurant Association.

Check out our resources on tip pooling in Washington state here.

New in the HUB: Food cost calculator, tips and tricks
Calculating and reducing your food cost could help provide some financial cushion to balance higher labor costs. In our Hospitality Industry Survival Strategies HUB, access the exclusive food cost calculator and learn how some Washington restaurants are calculating their food costs.

Two-Minute News
Learn about the new federal overtime rule and Washington’s increasing minimum wage

Seattle mayor’s budget focuses on homelessness, housing, kids, transit
In Seattle, Mayor Jenny Durkan’s budget has been delivered to the Seattle City Council for review. Durkan’s budget focuses on key areas of funding to address homelessness, affordable housing, education and transportation. The budget committee examines the mayor’s budget, and a final budget package is due in mid-November. Check out the Mayor’s budget speech.

Your next business supply run just got a little easier
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Pathways Dinner: What is workforce development?
Learn more about workforce development and how the Education Foundation is helping your business stay ahead of the labor shortage at the Pathways Dinner at the Washington Hospitality Convention. Admittance to the Pathways Dinner is included with convention ticket purchase. Register here.

Statewide minimum wage increases to $13.50 per hour on Jan. 1, 2020
On Jan. 1, 2020, the statewide minimum wage will increase by $1.50 to $13.50 per hour. This is the last phase-in of Initiative 1433 that was approved by voters in 2016. For information about local minimum wage rates, click here.


Upcoming ServSafe Manager Classes
All classes are 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

Everett: Oct. 28 at Food Services of America
Registration Deadline: Oct. 14

Kent: Nov. 11 at Food Services of America
Registration Deadline: Oct. 28

Tacoma: Nov. 12 at Bargreen Ellingson
Registration Deadline: Oct. 29

Spokane (Post Falls): Oct. 24 at Sysco
Registration Deadline: Oct. 10

Seattle (SODO): Nov. 5 at Bargreen Ellingson
Registration Deadline: Oct. 22

Register for classes here.


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