L&I proposes overtime salary threshold of 2.5 times minimum wage by 2026

The Department of Labor and Industries has announced a rulemaking notice that would update the state’s salary overtime threshold for executive, administrative and professional (EAP) employees over the course of six years to 2.5 times the statewide minimum wage beginning in 2020. The projected salary overtime threshold for small and large businesses in 2026 would be $79,872 and adjusted annually for inflation thereafter. To read more about this proposal, click here.

First draft of Retail Food Code now available

The Department of Health (DOH) has released the first draft of the revised Washington State Retail Food Code. From now until the end of July, DOH will be traveling the state to seek feedback from the public. Look for additional information about what we are interested in this first draft within the coming week. Do you have immediate feedback? Please send your comments to Samantha Louderback, state government affairs senior manager.

Gender-neutral signage for single-use facilities in King County

Starting December 1, restaurants in King County with single-use toilet facilities must use gender-neutral signage, designated for use by anyone, regardless of sex or gender identity. This new requirement only means changes for restaurants outside of Seattle, as the city enacted similar requirements in 2016.

In a win for members, the King County Board of Health accepted feedback from your Government Affairs team and agreed to a six-month implementation timeline to ensure businesses have adequate time to learn about the change and update their signage. For more information click here.

Two-Minute Video: The HERO Manual and how it can help your business

Handbook for Excellent Restaurant Operations (HERO) Manual sponsored by Equifax. View video here.

Spokane Chapter Golf: Tournament is on Tuesday!

If you’ve been waiting until the last minute to register for this year’s golf tournament, now is the time! The tournament will be June 11—Tuesday!—at Downriver Golf Course, 3225 N. Columbia Circle, Spokane. Check-in is at 11:30 a.m. and the shotgun start is at 1 p.m. Proceeds benefit local ProStart programs, Feed Spokane and the Inland Northwest Culinary Academy. Register here or become a sponsor for this event here.

Retain and train your best employees

Continue your employees’ hospitality training with a suite of programs: Lodging certifications from the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute and food service certifications from the National Restaurant Association’s ServSuccess. These programs provide additional avenues of professional development for those already in a hospitality career. Each program comes with an online training module, exam and certification. Learn more: ServSuccess for food service AHLEI for lodging

Webinar: Learn about FDA’s Nutrition Innovation Strategy

The National Restaurant Association is hosting a webinar where Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Senior Advisor for Nutrition Policy Dr. Robin McKinnon will discuss the Nutrition Innovation Strategy, which includes implementing menu labeling, launching a nutrition education campaign for consumers, reducing sodium and working toward a definition of “healthy.”

  • What: FDA’s Nutrition Innovation Strategy Revealed webinar
  • Time: 2-3 p.m., EDT (5-6 p.m., PDT)

Date: Wed., June 12

Click here to learn more and register.

Save money on credit card processing – no contract required!

Members who switch to the Washington Hospitality Association Credit Card Processing Program save an average of $2,800 per year per location. With no contract, no early termination fees and statements that are easy to read and understand, your credit card processing just got a little simpler. Contact us today to determine how much you can save by switching.


ServSafe Manager

All classes are from 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

June 24, at Food Services of America, Everett, Registration Deadline: June 10

July 2 at Bargreen Seattle (SODO), Registration Deadline: June 18

July 9 at Bargreen Tacoma, Registration Deadline: June 25

July 22 at Food Services of America, Kent, Registration Deadline: July 8

July 25, at Food Services of America, Spokane, Registration Deadline: July 11



First Aid & Bloodborne Pathogens

Sexual Harassment Prevention

Hotel & Lodging Certifications

Food Allergy

Mandatory Alcohol Server Training (MAST)


We can put the quality into home sharing, say hotel CEOs (Skift)

Fast Food Embraces Meatless Burgers, but There Aren’t Enough to Go Around (Wall Street Journal)

Subway to test new 8-inch King’s Hawaiian sub (Nation’s Restaurant News)

B&I food service: Opportunities and obstacles (SmartBrief)

Japanese listening bars win fans in the U.S. (New York Times)

Workplaces, hotels see bleisure as a growing norm for business travel (SmartBrief)

Skift tech forum: How artificial intelligence can improve guest experience (Skift)

Teens come back to the restaurant workforce – for now (National Restaurant Association)

Like those tiny plastic hotel shampoo bottles? California moves toward banning them (Los Angeles Times)